Breakfast

7 new breakfast and brunch spots to try around DC

7 new breakfast and brunch spots to try around DC

Sausage, egg and cheese cookie sandwich at the new Takoma Park deli Soko. Photo courtesy of Main Street Takoma

Soko Boucher
7306 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park
Chef Brad Feickert (formerly of Volt) and Chris Brown, owner of Takoma Beverage Company and Zinnia, have teamed up for this new butcher shop and deli in downtown Takoma Park. So yes, you’ll want all the morning meats starting at 7:30 every day (there’s also vegetarian options). Breakfast brings classics like bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches; cheddar biscuits with sausage sauce; breakfast burritos; and homemade pastrami and fried egg on a bagel. And that’s just to start the day: more than 15 breakfast sandwiches are also offered.

donissime
Get your delivery apps ready for this one – a father and son duo, both named Miguel Guerra, have teamed up for a pop-up donut shop and ghost kitchen in Latin America near Union Market. Brioche donuts have flavors like Arequipe (aka Colombian dulce de leche) topped with streusel queso fresco; guava and cheese with coconut streusel; or Rum Fashion, rum pastry cream, candied orange and chocolate. Orders start at 9:00 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m. or when sold out, and can be placed for pickup or delivery through UberEats, Tock, and Doordash.

Guava and cheese donut. Photo courtesy of Donisima

Maiz64
1324 14th Street, NW
The modern Mexican spot of Logan Circle on 14th Street recently launched a brunch. Pastry chef Elisa Reyna prepares traditional pastries like concha (Mexican sweet bread) with cardamom cream, while chef Alam Méndez Florián revisits brunch classics. Entrees include the Oaxacan Benedictines – an oyster mushroom tamale topped with poached eggs and goat cheese sauce – and a crab poblano quiche. Of course, there’s plenty of tequila to drink in daytime cocktails like the Everyday Verde, a blend of tequila, cucumber, celery, and lime juice.

Smoke and mirrors
867 New Jersey Ave, SE
The chic new indoor/outdoor rooftop bar atop the newly opened AC Hotel in Navy Yard offers brunch with views 11 stories high. Diners can share plates like crab fondue, mezcal-glazed duck wings and cast-iron baked chocolate chip cookies while sipping cocktails like a Chilled Gray Toddy with vodka and Earl Gray syrup /honey. Drinks aren’t cheap (the $18 cocktail is the new $14 cocktail, apparently), but they do offer a bird’s eye view of the Capitol.

Plant
4910 Elm Street, Bethesda
Invite your crew of veggie lovers over for brunch at Bethesda’s new plant-based restaurant. Sweets like cinnamon rolls are joined by meatless and eggless versions of brunch classics like shakshuka with split pea fritters or a BLT (bagel, lettuce, tomato, avocado, egg, and chili sauce). Bottomless mimosas or margaritas are $25 per person and match the plant-filled, tropical vibe.

Planta’s “Californian pizza”. Photo courtesy of Planta.

El Techo
606 Florida Ave NW
Shaw’s tropical rooftop spot now has a bottomless view brunch Saturday and Sunday with a new menu. The offer includes a choice of entrees (birria tacos with eggs; loaded burritos for breakfast) with unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, margaritas or Tecates ($50 for 90 minutes on Saturdays and $45 for two hours on Sunday).

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3227 Georgia Avenue, NW
Try brunch with a Georgian twist at this laid-back Park View spot, which recently revamped its brunch menu. Look for items like shakshuka ajaruli, an oval-shaped khachapuri with Georgian-spiced tomatoes, peppers and onions, two sunny eggs and feta cheese. Or, ponchiki, Eastern European-style donuts filled with vanilla cream and topped with cinnamon and sugar. Also: Affordable brunch cocktails like a Georgian Sunrise ($9) with tequila, orange juice, and pomegranate grenadine.

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Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Before joining Washingtonian in 2010, she completed the MFA program at the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.