Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brunch on President's Day?

Looking for a place to enjoy President's Day Brunch?  Here are some great options:

Copperwood Tavern, Shirlington Village’s farm-to-table restaurant located at 4021 Campbell Avenue, VA 22206, serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Guests can enjoy a la carte dishes such as Scotch Egg, boiled egg wrapped in breakfast sausage, breaded and fried, served with frisee salad; Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, fluffy pancakes mixed with creamy ricotta and fresh blueberries, served with orange honey butter; Duck Hash, duck leg confit, potatoes, onion, carrot, bell pepper, and two poached eggs; Bagels and Lox, house cured salmon, avocado, tomato jam, pickled red onion, and cream cheese; Breakfast Burrito, chorizo, black beans, eggs, salsa and queso fresco, as well as Short Rib Benedict, root beer braised short ribs served with hollandaise. Menu prices range from $4 to $18. Additionally, guests can enjoy a variety of cocktails including the traditional Mimosa, sparkling wine and fresh orange juice; Bellini, sparkling wine, white peach and raspberry puree; Spiced Milk Punch, Laird’s apple brandy, spiced tea syrup and milk, or order one of four varieties of house made Bloody Marys from Copperwood’s Bloody Mary Bar: Classic Bloody Mary, Vegetarian Mary, BBQ Mary and the Seafood Mary. For additional information and reservations please visit, or call (703) 552-8010

City Tap House DC, the craft beer centric restaurant located 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, offers American pub fare during weekend brunch. A la carte brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM with standout dishes including Ham & Cheese, shaved Benton’s ham, spicy pimento cheese, pickled green tomato and crostini; Strawberry-AlmondFrench Toast with vanilla mascarpone and Marcona almonds; Biscuits & Gravy, country sausage gravy, buttermilk biscuits, Cabot cheddar and fried eggs; House Smoked Salmon Hash, shaved fennel, fingerling potatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise, as well as The Big Chick, buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, Benton’s bacon, sausage gravy and a fried egg. Prices range from $6 to $26. For the perfect pairing, City Tap House features a bottomless brunch bar, which includes endless Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Beer-Mosas for $18 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). 

Additionally, football fans will enjoy City Tap House’s new Game Day menu, which is served Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 7 PM. Menu highlights include Philly Cheese Steak; Kentuckyaki Wings with buttermilk dipping sauce; Bavarian Pretzel with smoked Gouda cheese sauce; Bacon and Fennel Sausage with Pickled Jalape├▒o Sausage Pizza, as well as Duck Confit Nachos. Prices range from $8 to $12 each. For $10, guests can also "rent" a 20-ounce beer stein for the game and enjoy refills of select beers for just $5 each. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 733-5333or visit

El Centro D.F., with two locations in the district serves up all-you-can-eat authentic Mexican brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is offered from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Georgetown and 14th Street locations. Priced at $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included), guests can enjoy an endless selection from the entire brunch menu, with options such as Potato & Chorizo Pambazo Sandwich with crema fresca, lettuce and Cotija cheese; Enfrijolades, scrambled eggs, morita bean sauce and chorizo; Bacon, Egg and Cheese Tacos served with Chihuahua cheese and scallions; Fried Egg Divorciados smothered in red and green salsa with chorizo and black beans, as well as Picadillo Empanadas, ground beef, carrots, peas, potatoes and Mexican cheese. Bottomless brunch drinks, such as the Michelada, Bloody Maria and choice of seasonal Aqua Fresca cocktails, complement the unlimited brunch offering. The all-you-can-eat brunch menu must be ordered for the entire table, and all items are available a la carte priced between $5 and $15. El Centro D.F. is located at 1819 14th Street, NW, 20009. For reservations please call (202) 328-3131. El Centro Georgetown is located at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007. For reservations at the Georgetown location, please call (202) 333-4100. For further information, please visit the websites at and

Located in the lively 14th Street neighborhood at 1825 14th Street, NW, 20009, Masa 14 serves colorful Latin-Asian cuisine to brunch-goers on both Saturday and Sunday. A prix fixe brunch is available in the main dining room from 10 AM to 3 PM for $39 (tax and gratuity excluded, with the last seating at 2 PM). It includes an unlimited selection of brunch drinks full of seasonal flavor such as the Traditional Mimosa, Masa Mimosa, Lychee Bellini, Bacon Bloody Mary and Lemon Lager. The menu features a selection of Flatbreads & Salads, Eggs, Benedicts & Omelets and Sandwiches & Such options, including Wild Mushroom Flatbread with jack cheese, roasted red pepper and avocado; Chilaquiles, corn tortillas, chorizo, queso cotija and soft scrambled eggs; Smoked Chicken Hash with caramelized onions, chilies, chipotle hollandaise, yucca and poached egg, as well as the Korean Short Rib Ropa Vieja with wasabi black bean, smoked spinach, fried eggs and kimchi pico de gallo. This special brunch offer must be ordered for the entire table. Brunch can also be ordered a la carte for a light bite and prices range from $4 to $13 per dish. For more information or reservations, please call (202) 328-1414 or visit

Situated next to the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro, Zengo, located at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001, offers Bottomless Brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Priced at $39 per person and $10 per child under 10 (tax and gratuity excluded), guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of ceviche, sushi, and salads, dim sum and antojitos, and brunch plates along with seven distinctive brunch cocktails. Bottomless Brunch must be ordered by the entire table and the menu is offered exclusively for the prix-fixe service. The unlimited brunch menu includes tempting small plates such as Shrimp Ceviche with coconut, charred pineapple, red onion, basil and bonito flake; Thai Chicken Empanadas with chile poblano, oazaca cheese and mango salsa; Achiote-Hoisin Pork Arepas, corn masa, avocado and crema fresca. Additional brunch plates include Short Rib Hash with poached eggs, potato, rajas and caramelized onion; House Cured Bacon & Eggs, ancho cured bacon, black beans and pico de gallo, as well as Hanoi Pandan Waffles with strawberry-guava sauce and whipped cream. Zengo’s brunch menu is complemented by a bottomless supply of featured cocktails such as the Bloody Mary, Bloody Maria, andSake Sangria, as well as four types of mimosas: Mimosa Traditional, Passion Fruit Mimosa, Guava Mimosa and the Pomegranate Mimosa. Signature cocktails are available from the full menu for an addition $5 per cocktail. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 393-2929 or visit

On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, offers a fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Priced at $35 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with three distinctive brunch cocktails. Bottomless Brunch must be ordered by the entire table. One might wish to start with some of Ambar’s most popular dishes including Balkan Salad, tomato, peppers, cucumber, onions and aged cheese; Veal & Vegetable Soup with sour cream & fresh chives, or the in-house freshly ground Balkan Burger, beef & pork with cucumber yogurt, roasted pepper spread, aged cheese, cabbage slaw served with homemade potatoes. Those looking for breakfast fare options will want to consider the Eggs Benedict served on an English muffin with ajvar, prosciutto and Kajmak sauce; the Salmon Omelet or Prosciutto Omelet, or the Steak & Eggs, sirloin served with homemade fried potatoes and chimichurri sauce, and the Balkan Scrambled Egg with red & yellow peppers, onion, aged cow cheese served with homemade potatoes. Ambar also serves Ham & Cheese or Roasted Mushroom Crepes, plus two types of savory pies, Cheese, with cucumber yogurt and ajvar emulsion, and Meat made with ground pork & beef and marinated pepper. Ambar’s brunch menu is complemented by a bottomless supply of featured cocktails such as the Traditional Mimosa; Bloody Mary and the Ambar Mimosa with Champagne, peach puree and blood orange. Ambar is also home to Washington’s first Rakia Bar with over 30 varieties of rakia, a popular Balkan alcoholic beverage produced by distillation of fermented fruit. For additional information please call (202) 813-3039 and visit

Newcomer Toro Toro, located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005, offers Saturday and Sunday weekend brunch service from 11 AM to 3 PM. Brunch is priced at $39 per person (tax and gratuity it not included), and begins with a choice of Pan-Latin small plates that showcase South and Central American cuisine, including seasonal salads, meats, raw bar, and assorted breads and cheeses, showcased on the lavish buffet. Next up, diners can enjoy Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” with choices that include Picanha Steak, Chorizo Sausage, Achiote Chicken orChef’s Daily Selection. Diners can also order from chef’s daily creation of hot sides. Standouts include Papas Bravas; Tortilla Espanola; Chorizo & Potato Hash; Chipotle-Agave Bacon; Mexican-Chocolate Waffles with nutella and bananas, as well as Chilaquiles Verdes. Toro Toro’s new brunch menu is complemented by a Bloody Mary Bar where guests can create their own cocktail by selecting from a list of premium spirits, house-made mixers, and large collection of rare hot sauces and garnishes. Also available are a bottomless supply of featured cocktails such as the Traditional Mimosa; Toro Mimosa with Champagne and fresh passion fruit puree; Mango Mimosa with Champagne and fresh mango puree, or the Blood Orange Mimosa with Champagne and fresh blood orange puree. For more information and reservations visit, or call (202) 682-9500

*These were provided by a representative of the restaurants.

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