The question we get most often is: “what’s your favorite brunch in D.C.?” Depending on who you talk to, our team has varying opinions. For me, I try to break it down by neighborhood and then offer my top recommendation from there. But lately, I’ve found our team chatting more about the memorable dishes we’ve had around town more than the restaurant itself, so we thought we’d let you in on the inside baseball banter.
Tuna Tartare Nachos at Circa
Overheard: “Is it 5pm yet? I want tartare nachos.”
The new Circa in Chinatown gave the space that occupied the old Zengo a much needed face lift. The happy hour at Circa is a bomb deal, so it’s no wonder the establishment is already a pre-Caps and Wizards game hot-spot. We tried the crispy Tuna Tartare nachos after a long day at work and have been salivating over them ever since. 781 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
PB&J Foie Gras at Unconventional Diner
Overheard: “This is probably the weirdest nostalgic dish I’ve had in the city”
We all love a good ‘ole PB&J, but foie gras can be a bit more polarizing. Not anymore. Chef David Deshaies makes the typically stuffy dish much more playful with a spreadable custard-like foie gras topped with jelly and pomegranate seeds, and a DIY approach to building your own “PB&J.” It’s the perfect appetizer to split on a fun date night. 1207 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Ground Beef Hummus Platter at Chloe
Overheard: “Why didn’t I think of this?”
It’s not groundbreaking. You take amazingly fresh hummus, spread it evenly on a beautiful plate, and top it with spicy, diced ground beef and buttered, slivered almonds. Serve it with a side of warm naan and voilá! You have an awesome small plate from Chloe that you likely could have made at home, but you didn’t. Which is why we keep coming back to Navy Yard to slop up some more. 1331 4th St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.
Smoked Chicken Wings at Succotash
Overheard: “Pass the hot towels”
Easily one of our favorite dishes of brunch at Succotash downtown were the smoked chicken wings. They are made in a Sous Vide, so they are perfectly tender and juicy on the inside with a crunchy, savory exterior. We typically save our finger-licking wing consumption for Sunday football, but these were well worth the mess. Plus, Succotash came out with a plate of hot towels to clean our hands! 915 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
Miso Butter Noodles at Fancy Radish
Overheard: “Is this place going to make me a vegan?”
Eating at Fancy Radish is like a treat for the senses, the mind, and the body. You will be blown away by how delicious vegan food can be and will quickly learn that the husband-and-wife team from Philadelphia has concocted some of the best cocktails in the city. Head to the bar at the simple, gorgeous space on H Street to try the miso butter noodles, which honestly taste like a better, sophisticated version of ramen noodles, but you know, without the college memories or caloric guilt. 600 H St N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002