No longer a hot spot strictly reserved for college students, the Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood of Washington, D.C. boasts some of the most desired brunch spots in the city. Over the last several years, the area near George Washington University and Georgetown has rebranded itself as one of the best places to see and be seen and – of course – dine. From Michelin-starred favorites to affordable eats, read on to see our picks for the best brunches in Foggy Bottom/West End.
Few places trigger reactions of glee quite like Founding Farmers. The original D.C. spot is basically an institution and if you’ve lived in the area for at least year and haven’t been, expect a few side eyes from judgy brunch connoisseurs like us. They serve up dependably delicious food. Read what the Bitches had to say about brunch here.
Agora D.C., 1527 17th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Blue Duck Tavern
Michelin Stars aren’t easy to achieve, and Blue Duck has rightfully earned theirs. Pop in and enjoy one of their many renowned plates like the BBQ beef hash or the BDT brunch burger. If you still have room, spring for the lemon poppyseed pancakes. Read our glowing review here.
Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C.
This Aussie-inspired café is not your typical brunch scene, but perhaps that’s what makes it so unique. You’ll find a menu catered to a millennial audience without excluding those with a refined palate. They’ve since opened up several other locations around D.C., but their M St. shop remains a favorite. Plus, there’s plenty of natural light for all your Instagram-worthy snaps. Read our review here.
Bluestone Lane, 1100 23rd St NW, Washington, D.C.
Not everyone looks forward to a meal loaded with carbs and meat, and that’s where Grillfish comes to the rescue. The seafood-heavy restaurant has some of the best oysters in the city, and they pride themselves on serving sustainable fish. In case you’re still longing for something that screams “brunch” after gorging on savory fruits de mer, end your meal with bananas foster French toast. Read our review here.
Grillfish, 1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
Raskia West End
Divert from the traditional Benedicts and French toasts and feast on Indian fare at Rasika. The Palak Chaat, a dish made from crispy baby spinach, yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney topped with tomato and onion is their signature dish. If you’re looking to diversify your brunch options, start with Rasika. Read out review here.
Rasika, 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Vegans or vegan-curious readers take heed: Equinox’s menu is 100% vegan. Nosh on banana flapjacks, tofu scramble and eggless petit fours for dessert. Their ingenious use of seasonal fruits and vegetables guarantee a different, yet appetizing spread year-round. Check out what the Bitches had to say about brunch here.
Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom
One of the newest restaurants to hit Foggy Bottom, Duke’s Grocery is a playful take on British food stateside. Fall in love with their avocado toast, classic English breakfast, or if you’re feeling a sweet rush, the “campfire toasty.” Imagine a more sugar-laden take on s’mores. Read our review here.
Duke’s Grocery, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.