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Updating the Eater Brunch Heatmap, July 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, five new brunches made the list: hangover-friendly Grotto Bar at 1914, French-leaning Bearnaise, experimental Range, comfort food-focused Creme and the South American-inspired Del Campo.


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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. 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.

3. 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.

4. Morrison House Hotel

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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The Grille recently changed its brunch from a duck press-accented buffet to an a la carte French brunch (here's the menu).

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Grotto Bar at 1914

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1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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Dino's Grotto Bar at 1914 serves a "Hangover Brunch" in the basement each Sunday. Those who come can get a Hair of the Dog cocktail, a second cocktail or beer, and a main or two starters. It all costs $25.

13. Béarnaise

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315 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Bearnaise launched its brunch menu this spring. Dishes include French omelets, Bloody Marys, creme brulee French toast, moules frites and more. The hangover cure is a crispy pig's feet hash.

14. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015
(202) 803-8020
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Range launched brunch this June, and that means unique takes on chicken and waffles (fried chicken livers, blue cheese waffles, and smoked balsamic syrup), steak and eggs, French toast with smoked cream cheese and fruit, and more.

15. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Mother's Day marked the beginning of Del Campo's Sunday brunch. Dishes include bacon, egg and cheese empanadas and chorizo and egg hash as well as spins on classic dishes, like smoke scrambled eggs and cast iron pancakes. $20 bottomless mimosas, or more unique cocktails such as one spiked with squid ink, are other options.

16. Creme Restaurant & Bar

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2436 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-1884
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Creme has always been known for its soul food brunch dishes, particularly its chicken and waffles, and the restaurant has reinvented itself in a new location.

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. 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

3. 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

4. Morrison House Hotel

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The Grille recently changed its brunch from a duck press-accented buffet to an a la carte French brunch (here's the menu).
116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Grotto Bar at 1914

1914 9th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Dino's Grotto Bar at 1914 serves a "Hangover Brunch" in the basement each Sunday. Those who come can get a Hair of the Dog cocktail, a second cocktail or beer, and a main or two starters. It all costs $25.
1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

13. Béarnaise

315 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Bearnaise launched its brunch menu this spring. Dishes include French omelets, Bloody Marys, creme brulee French toast, moules frites and more. The hangover cure is a crispy pig's feet hash.
315 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

14. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015
Range launched brunch this June, and that means unique takes on chicken and waffles (fried chicken livers, blue cheese waffles, and smoked balsamic syrup), steak and eggs, French toast with smoked cream cheese and fruit, and more.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

15. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Mother's Day marked the beginning of Del Campo's Sunday brunch. Dishes include bacon, egg and cheese empanadas and chorizo and egg hash as well as spins on classic dishes, like smoke scrambled eggs and cast iron pancakes. $20 bottomless mimosas, or more unique cocktails such as one spiked with squid ink, are other options.
777 I St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

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16. Creme Restaurant & Bar

2436 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Creme has always been known for its soul food brunch dishes, particularly its chicken and waffles, and the restaurant has reinvented itself in a new location.
2436 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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