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Updating the Eater Brunch Heatmap, April 2014

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Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater love a good boozy breakfast, and often ask the question: Where should I grab brunch this weekend? In the great tradition of the Eater 38, we could probably come up with a long list of places in this city that do brunch right. But instead we offer the Eater Brunch Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

It's been a few months since Eater updated our Brunch Heatmap, so naturally there has been some new activity when it comes to morning menus. This time around, four new restaurants made the list: Italian favorites Osteria Morini and Alba Osteria, as well as two meat-focused joints, Red Apron Penn Quarter and Urban Butcher.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-3000
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Jeff Black's latest venture is serving up dishes like monkey bread, oyster po' boys and brioche French toast with pear compote. There's also a Cure Your Ailments drink menu with offerings like a charred tomato Bloody Mary.

2. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3313
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El Chucho's new condensed brunch menu higlights four items: Chilaquiles, buttermilk masa pancakes, Green Eggs and Ham (poached eggs, ham, black beans and chimichurri sauce) and rum raisin tamales. All items are priced under $10, and there are brunch cocktails as well, including green Bloody Marys, mimosas and more.

3. Water & Wall

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3811 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
Water & Wall's brunch features dishes like eggs with kimchi, truffled eggs and pumpkin buttermilk pancakes.

4. Cork

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1720 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-2675
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Cork has been trying to emphasize its cocktail program, with a formal menu and interesting offerings spiked with ingredients like cognac. It first started showing off the drinks at brunch service, where they accompany options like crispy polenta with poached eggs, Cork-cured Juniper gravlax and a wintery panzanella with roasted tomatoes.

5. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

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829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Petworth Citizen has a fairly straightforward new brunch menu, with corned beef hash, shrimp and waffles and burgers. A horseradish and Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary is a good accompaniment.

6. Ted's Bulletin

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8337
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Ted's Bulletin is known for its epic breakfasts and the new 14th Street location is no exception. Try homemade pop-tarts, donuts, beer biscuits and gravy and a "walk of shame" burrito.

7. Morrison House Hotel

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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At the Grille at Morrison House, it's all about the duck press at brunch. The press helps the cook express juices from the duck to make a decadent sauce for the duck breast served at brunch. The brunch in general is a buffet, with other options like crepes, petit fours and beignets, all for $38.

8. Piola Arlington

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1550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 528-1502
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Piola Arlington decided to follow in the footsteps of the DC location this November and offer unlimited pizza brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Get the deal for $15.95 ($7.95 for kids) and add pitchers of sparkling drinks for another $14.95.

9. Et Voila!

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5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 237-2300
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Et Voila started fall with a new brunch menu, with choices like a croque monsieur, buckwheat crepes and steak and eggs with Bordelaise. Some of the restaurant's cult favorites, like the mussel burger, are also available during brunch hours. Cocktails like a Bloody Lobster or bellinis complement ($12 for bottomless).

10. Kapnos

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2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 234-5000
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Baklava French toast and spit-roasted chicken and waffles grace the menu at Kapnos during brunch hours. There's also spiked coffee, and orzo pasta bake and more.

11. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Just this week, Bar Charley announced its new brunch menu, which debuts Saturday. There's a prix fixe option that includes a basket of cheddar biscuits for the table, a choice of entree, and the choices of bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bloody Beers (Schlitz and house-made bloody mix), Schlitz tallboys or Zeke's Coffee, all for $23.95. There's also an a la carte menu with items such as French toast and roasted mushroom omelette.

12. City Tap House

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901 I St. NW
Washington DC, DC 20536
(202) 644-9433
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City Tap House also kicks off its first brunch service this weekend. Look for such dishes as foie gras French toast, chicken and waffles, pizzas, a bottomless brunch bar (with Bloody Marys and mimosas) and more.

13. Osteria Morini

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0660
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This Navy Yard restaurant is offering dishes like a mortadella frittata, ricotta pancakes with whipped marscapone, and other items. The restaurant will also have a play on Eggs Benedict served on a tigelle bread. There are DIY mimosas, pastries and brunch cocktails as well.

14. Urban Butcher

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8226 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Brunch at Urban Butcher allows diners to branch out beyond meat (though there are still carnivore-friendly items like crispy pig tails and steak frites). Expect brioche French Toast, scrambled eggs with broccoli rabe, a smoked trout omelet and more.

15. Alba Osteria

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425 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-4454
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Alba Osteria's brunch features a mix of Italian-inspired dishes and breakfast classics. There are several options for diners: a bottomless food and drink option for $29.95, a variety of a la carte items, and the ability to add bottomless cocktails for $18 per person to any orders. Some of the brunch offerings include fried eggs and meatballs, egg white frittatas, brunch pizzas and Monte Cristo sandwiches with egg. There's live music, too.

16. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Red Apron's weekend menu is brunch-friendly, whether a diner is seeking more breakfast-like or lunch-like items. There are sandwiches, tigelle breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, scrapple and burgers. They open at 9 a.m.

1. Republic

6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Jeff Black's latest venture is serving up dishes like monkey bread, oyster po' boys and brioche French toast with pear compote. There's also a Cure Your Ailments drink menu with offerings like a charred tomato Bloody Mary.
6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
El Chucho's new condensed brunch menu higlights four items: Chilaquiles, buttermilk masa pancakes, Green Eggs and Ham (poached eggs, ham, black beans and chimichurri sauce) and rum raisin tamales. All items are priced under $10, and there are brunch cocktails as well, including green Bloody Marys, mimosas and more.
3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Water & Wall

3811 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203
Water & Wall's brunch features dishes like eggs with kimchi, truffled eggs and pumpkin buttermilk pancakes.
3811 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203

4. Cork

1720 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cork has been trying to emphasize its cocktail program, with a formal menu and interesting offerings spiked with ingredients like cognac. It first started showing off the drinks at brunch service, where they accompany options like crispy polenta with poached eggs, Cork-cured Juniper gravlax and a wintery panzanella with roasted tomatoes.
1720 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

829 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Petworth Citizen has a fairly straightforward new brunch menu, with corned beef hash, shrimp and waffles and burgers. A horseradish and Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary is a good accompaniment.
829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

6. Ted's Bulletin

1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Ted's Bulletin is known for its epic breakfasts and the new 14th Street location is no exception. Try homemade pop-tarts, donuts, beer biscuits and gravy and a "walk of shame" burrito.
1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Morrison House Hotel

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
At the Grille at Morrison House, it's all about the duck press at brunch. The press helps the cook express juices from the duck to make a decadent sauce for the duck breast served at brunch. The brunch in general is a buffet, with other options like crepes, petit fours and beignets, all for $38.
116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Piola Arlington

1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Piola Arlington decided to follow in the footsteps of the DC location this November and offer unlimited pizza brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Get the deal for $15.95 ($7.95 for kids) and add pitchers of sparkling drinks for another $14.95.
1550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

9. Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016
Et Voila started fall with a new brunch menu, with choices like a croque monsieur, buckwheat crepes and steak and eggs with Bordelaise. Some of the restaurant's cult favorites, like the mussel burger, are also available during brunch hours. Cocktails like a Bloody Lobster or bellinis complement ($12 for bottomless).
5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20016

10. Kapnos

2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Baklava French toast and spit-roasted chicken and waffles grace the menu at Kapnos during brunch hours. There's also spiked coffee, and orzo pasta bake and more.
2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Just this week, Bar Charley announced its new brunch menu, which debuts Saturday. There's a prix fixe option that includes a basket of cheddar biscuits for the table, a choice of entree, and the choices of bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bloody Beers (Schlitz and house-made bloody mix), Schlitz tallboys or Zeke's Coffee, all for $23.95. There's also an a la carte menu with items such as French toast and roasted mushroom omelette.
1825 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. City Tap House

901 I St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20536
City Tap House also kicks off its first brunch service this weekend. Look for such dishes as foie gras French toast, chicken and waffles, pizzas, a bottomless brunch bar (with Bloody Marys and mimosas) and more.
901 I St. NW
Washington DC, DC 20536

13. Osteria Morini

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
This Navy Yard restaurant is offering dishes like a mortadella frittata, ricotta pancakes with whipped marscapone, and other items. The restaurant will also have a play on Eggs Benedict served on a tigelle bread. There are DIY mimosas, pastries and brunch cocktails as well.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. Urban Butcher

8226 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Brunch at Urban Butcher allows diners to branch out beyond meat (though there are still carnivore-friendly items like crispy pig tails and steak frites). Expect brioche French Toast, scrambled eggs with broccoli rabe, a smoked trout omelet and more.
8226 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

15. Alba Osteria

425 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Alba Osteria's brunch features a mix of Italian-inspired dishes and breakfast classics. There are several options for diners: a bottomless food and drink option for $29.95, a variety of a la carte items, and the ability to add bottomless cocktails for $18 per person to any orders. Some of the brunch offerings include fried eggs and meatballs, egg white frittatas, brunch pizzas and Monte Cristo sandwiches with egg. There's live music, too.
425 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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16. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Red Apron's weekend menu is brunch-friendly, whether a diner is seeking more breakfast-like or lunch-like items. There are sandwiches, tigelle breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, scrapple and burgers. They open at 9 a.m.
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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