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Updating the Eater Brunch Heatmap, September 2014

The newest, hottest brunch options in town.

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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, a half-dozen new brunches made the list, ranging from revamped options like Chez Billy and El Chucho to new hot spots like Gypsy Soul and Tico.

And stay tuned — other new brunches will launch later this month, including Poste, DBGB Kitchen + Bar and STK.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Chez Billy

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3815 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 506-2080
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Chez Billy worked with its Petworth neighbors to design its brunch menu. It debuted Sept. 7 with items like brioche French toast, vegetarian dishes and a bottomless option. It's served Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

12. Macon Bistro & Larder

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5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 248-7807
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Macon Bistro launched Sunday brunch in early September. Menu items include shrimp and grits, spiced watermelon bowls and more. There's a brunch cocktail menu as well.

13. DC Harvest

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517 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

The new farm-to-table DC Harvest launched brunch in mid-September. Oysters, a healthy steel-cut oatmeal dish, scrambles and lamb burgers are among the offerings.

14. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3313
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El Chucho revamped its brunch offerings in mid-September. Breakfast burritos and a prix fixe option are among the changes.

15. Gypsy Soul

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1017 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

Northern Virginia gets a new chef-driven brunch with the launch of Gypsy Soul. R.J. Cooper is serving up dishes like frogmore stew and an oyster pan roast.

16. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Tico kicked off brunch service earlier in the summer. They're selling dishes like a duck confit and green chile hash, caramelized banana pancakes and fried chicken with maple butter. Brunch runs on both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Chez Billy

3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Chez Billy worked with its Petworth neighbors to design its brunch menu. It debuted Sept. 7 with items like brioche French toast, vegetarian dishes and a bottomless option. It's served Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

3815 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

12. Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015

Macon Bistro launched Sunday brunch in early September. Menu items include shrimp and grits, spiced watermelon bowls and more. There's a brunch cocktail menu as well.

5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

13. DC Harvest

517 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The new farm-to-table DC Harvest launched brunch in mid-September. Oysters, a healthy steel-cut oatmeal dish, scrambles and lamb burgers are among the offerings.

517 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

El Chucho revamped its brunch offerings in mid-September. Breakfast burritos and a prix fixe option are among the changes.

3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

15. Gypsy Soul

1017 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Northern Virginia gets a new chef-driven brunch with the launch of Gypsy Soul. R.J. Cooper is serving up dishes like frogmore stew and an oyster pan roast.

1017 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

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16. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Tico kicked off brunch service earlier in the summer. They're selling dishes like a duck confit and green chile hash, caramelized banana pancakes and fried chicken with maple butter. Brunch runs on both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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