While marking the official end of summer is a sad affair, there is no better way to ease your sorrows than a leisurely brunch at the beginning of the work week. Banish any case of the Mondays when toasting to all hard-working Americans over mimosas and mid-morning fare this Labor Day. Luckily, Washington restaurants are putting in the hours to make sure your long weekend is as palate-pleasing as it is patriotic. We rounded-up local spots servings brunch this Monday so all that’s left is for you to don your winding-down seasonal whites.
International Brunch Pick your culinary destination at any of Richard Sandoval’s D.C. restaurants offering Labor Day Brunch. Ambar, El Centro, Masa 14, and Zengo are serving up brunch to satisfy any craving, whether it is for Balkan, Asian fusion, or Mexican. One thing these diverse restaurants have in common is a bottomless offering for $39. Getting cultured with your cuisines is just what you need to capitalize on your Monday off. Read our reviews of El Centro, Masa 14, and Zengo as a primer for your pick. El Centro D.F., 1819 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. and 1218 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., Masa 14, 1825 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C., Zengo, 781 7th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Brunch on the Hill
Put aside your politics to break bread at Beuchert’s Saloon this Labor Day. The farm-to-table Eastern Market restaurant specializes in American classics like biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and the brunch staple Eggs Benny. Check out their website for a rulebook on how to best enjoy your brunch and make a reservation by calling (202) 733-184 or online. Read our review of Beuchert’s brunch here. Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Tapas Brunch Although Boqueria’s brunch plates may be small, they are most definitely mighty. Their Labor Day brunch gets you bottomless tapas plates and drink choices of three types of sangria and mimosas. Take advantage of the lasting warm weather on their fabulous patio for the $39 deal. Take a bite out of our review of Boqueria here. Boqueria, 1837 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Brunch Goes Greek
Make your Labor Monday a Mediterranean one with brunch at three of the Cava Mezze locations. The enticing brunch options include gyro hash, Nutella waffles, and a spicy lamb benedict. Turn that piggy bank upside down because to wash it all down, you can sip one cent mimosas. Check out our review of Cava’s brunch here. Cava Mezze locations can be found at 527 8th Street S.E., Washington D.C., 2940 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA, and 1302 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD.
Casual but Delicious Brunch
All of our favorite EatWell restaurants are serving up brunch this Labor Day. For the early-bird Bitches, Commissary is starting its bottomless brunch at 8 A.M. For those of us that want to savor their Monday morning in bed, The Pig, Logan Tavern, and Grillfish are hosting the holiday brunch starting mid-morning. Feast your eyes on our reviews of Commissary, Grillfish, Logan Tavern, and The Pig. Commissary, 1443 P Street N.W., Washington, D.C. Grillfish, 1200 New Hampshire Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. Logan Tavern, 1423 P Street N.W., Washington, D.C. The Pig, 1320 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
A Classic Washington Brunch It doesn’t get more American than celebrating a national holiday at one of the outposts from the Founding Farmer’s Restaurant Group. Visit the downtown and Maryland locations, as well as their sister restaurant Farmers Fisher Bakers in Georgetown. Brunch-goers can indulge in beignets, waffles, and other eats from their extensive menu. Reservations can be made here. Dig into our review of Founding Farmers here and Farmers Fishers Bakers here. Founding Farmers DC, 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., MoCo Founding Farmers, 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, MD, Farmers Fishers Bakers, 3000 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Eat Local Labor Day
Grab a seat at Glen’s Garden Market for brunch made with all locally-sourced ingredients. The behemoth bagel-sandwiches are all you need to prepare you for Labor Day festivities. Stay a while and pick up some of the local small business products that stock their shelves. Read our review of Glen’s brunch here, our interview with owner Danielle here, our preview of their cheese club here, and our recap of their tasting table here. Glen’s Garden Market 2001 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Mexican Monday Turn Labor Day into a fiesta with brunch at Mexican favorite Guajillo. Celebrate with $2 mimosas, $5 spicy margaritas, $8 Titos Bloodys with spiced shrimp, Bloody Marias, and red sangria. Follow-up your cocktails with authentic Mexican fare to make it your most delicious Monday. Read our review of Guajillo brunch here and our recap or the happy hour here. Guajillo, 1727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.
Brunch: Italian Style
Look no further than Lavagna on Barracks Row for Labor Day brunch. Feast on fare including spaghetti carbonara, mascarpone pancakes, and eggs Florentine. Round out your meal with $12 mimosas and don’t feel guilty about adding on a bottle of vino. When in Rome. Get a taste of our review of Lavagna’s brunch here. Lavagna, 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Latin Labor Day Snag a spot at 14th Street’s ultra-trendy Tico for Chef Michael Shlow’s take on American cuisine with a Latin American twist. Brunch brings a duck confit and green chile hash, a cubano sandwich, carmelized banana pancakes, and much more. Speaking of much more, you can wash it all down with $19 bottomless mimosas. Sink your teeth into our review of Tico’s brunch here. Tico, 1926 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Brunch with a Side of Bocce
We don’t play games when it comes to brunch but, at Vinoteca, we make an exception. Head to the picturesque back patio for a game of bocce and then settle in to brunch featuring seasonal fare. Use a work-free Monday as an excuse for ordering bottomless bellini and mimosa pitchers for $18. Savor our review of Vinoteca’s brunch here. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.