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Silver Spring is a charming little town tucked away in Maryland. To start your day off right, we’ve put together a list of the best 10 places to grab a hearty weekend brunch.
A friendly neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on its warm, welcoming atmosphere, Scion serves contemporary American cuisine. This is paired with delicious craft beer, which they are passionate and knowledgeable about. Due to their well-deserved popularity, they can get crowded at peak brunch times, especially in the low-key bar area. However, they more than make up for it by offering bottomless mimosas during brunch as well as tasty finger food. Try the lobster hash with hollandaise eggs, which comes with three different types of potatoes, or ask the friendly staff for their recommendation.
1200 E W Hwy, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 585 8878
Perfect for the vintage lover, this antique-filled heirloom-style restaurant first opened in 1930. Mrs. K’s is situated in what was once the last operating tollhouse in Montgomery County. According to rumor, it also served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. The original Mrs. K was an antique aficionado, and the Heirloom Corner still houses one of the finest collections of Lutz glass in America. Featured are the intricate lace pattern and exquisite pigmentation for which this glassblower is famed. The brunch itself is a buffet with a carving station, custom omelet station, freshly made Belgian waffles, breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, oysters on the half shell, and other assorted breakfast delicacies.
9201 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 589 3500
Named after the mother of the first mestizo, or half-Mexican and half-Caucasian individual, La Malinche believes in rooting themselves in their history and heritage. Ask the staff about the history behind La Malinche and they will be happy to tell you about the woman who went from being Hernán Cortés’s slave to being his interpreter and trusted confidante. Their food is also firmly rooted in a blending of Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Delectable findings include bacon-wrapped dates, mushroom tapas, chicken croquettes, and patatas bravas. For a reasonable price, you can get the entire brunch tapas platter and unlimited mimosas, sangria, or beer.
8622 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 562 862
The Daily Dish describes itself as serving ‘comfort food that reflects the Bounty of the Seasons’ and their hearty, yet healthy, food delivers on this promise. Dine on sustainable seafood and organic salmon and enjoy your fresh, handmade salad knowing that all its ingredients have been locally and organically sourced. The menu is seasonally varied so as to provide you with the freshest ingredients. Make sure you try some of the highlights: the ‘addictive’ mac & cheese, Amish roast chicken, artisan pastas, and the Maryland soft shell/jumbo lump crab. These all come highly recommended. On top of that, their brunch offers the additional feature of making your own Bloody Mary.
8301 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 588 6300
Situated in a butcher shop with a deconstructed atmosphere, Urban Butcher is the perfect place to take your hard-to-impress, die-hard-trendy brunch friends. With a prominently featured meat locker area, walls of glass, and a cut-to-order counter, it may not be the place to bring any vegetarian compatriots. But, the decor is certainly eye-catching. Their charcuterie platter is the obvious go-to for the brunch enthusiast who likes a meaty morning. However, Urban Butcher is also famed for its amazing artisanal cocktails. The lavender margarita and hibiscus mojito both come with glowing reviews.
8226 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 585 5800
Situated in an old historic general store, this Italian gem serves a perfect brunch twist on traditional Italian cuisine. With an all-you-can-eat buffet, it’s a perfect deal for the hungry Sunday brunch enthusiast. Try their pizza and gnocchi for a truly hearty start to the day, or enjoy a delightfully light and fluffy Belgian waffle. Their omelets can be made to order with ingredients ranging from the traditional spinach and tomatoes to the more adventurous crab meat. Speaking of seafood, the brunch includes crab legs, mussels, clams, and even poached salmon.
6 Post Office Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 588 0867
The sleek and trendy 8407 Kitchen Bar delivers a perfect mix of artisanal American cuisine, chic and slick decor, and handmade, personalized cocktails. It gives customers beautiful aesthetics that create Instagram-perfect pictures of brunch. The aesthetic is a the combination of country-getaway meets city-sophistication; brick walls and granite bar tops meet edgy lighting and modernized amenities. Executive chef, Oscar Jimenez, prides himself on his fresh seasonal, and locally sourced, menu. It ranges from charcuterie made in-house to sustainable seafood. The lead mixologist, Tammy Vodinh, will create the perfect cocktail personalized to your tastes. If signature cocktails aren’t your thing at brunch, they also have an extensive wine list and craft beer collection.
8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 587 8407
With an all-day happy hour menu, as well as a prix fixe (‘fixed price’) menu offering three choices, Sunday brunch at the All Set Restaurant and Bar never fails to disappoint. Their menu, which describes itself as ‘American cuisine influenced by the traditions of coastal New England – comforting, classic, warm and friendly’, is primarily seafood. But they also offer vegetarian options such as chickpea fries and sriracha cheddar biscuits. Their house punch is highly recommended and comes in multiple flavors. The lavender green tea and watermelon basil both garner glowing reviews. Sit inside in the airy and well-lit restaurant itself or enjoy good weather on the outdoor patio.
8630 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 495 8800
With vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes clearly marked, Busboys And Poets is exactly as accommodating of alternative lifestyles as its name might suggest. Their maple syrup is 100% pure Vermont and sourced directly from Coombs Family Farms; all their salads are served with artisanal herb bread. The decor is very Brooklyn hipster meets D.C. academic. Busboys And Poets hosts many open mic nights, ranging from slam poetry to singing, as well as entertaining and fascinating author talks. Naturally, they also offer an attached bookstore. This not only adds a literary vibe to your brunch but also offers post-brunch reading material if you fancy a quick browse.
2021 14th St NW, D.C., USA, +1 202 387 7638
This adorable little cafe, tucked away on a side street, has an unassuming exterior and minimalist interior – though the small tables do come equipped with charming umbrellas. The food more than compensates for the quiet decor as the Fenton brunch special comes highly recommended. Their delicious crepes are the main attraction. Try the banana and Nutella crepe to satisfy a morning sweet tooth, or swap out the banana for strawberries if you want something a little sweeter. If that’s too much sugar early in the day, try the savory spinach, artichoke, and feta option. For the pragmatic brunch lover, Fenton Café also offers Wi-Fi and street parking right in front of the cafe, as well as a parking lot just around the corner.
8311 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 326 1841