The third most populous place in Maryland, Germantown is a lovely town just 28 miles from Washington, D.C. Germantown is a bustling neighborhood with plenty of things to see and do. With so many attractions, you’ll want to start your weekend off right with a hearty brunch, so we’ve rounded up a list of the 10 best places in and around Germantown, Maryland.
Their triangular crepes are made from an authentic French recipe, but their affordable prices mean that you can enjoy a small slice of France right here in Maryland. With over 60 different types of crêpes to choose from, Crepes-A-Go-Go offers both sweet crêpes, with fresh fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, or chocolate, all topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar, and savory crêpes, with grilled vegetables, meats, or cheese, all prepared to order. Try the savory eggplant and roasted pepper cêepe, the sweet Nutella and raspberry crêpe, or build your own.
514 Main St, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, +1 301 519 9777
This small family-owned-and-operated business prides itself on making bagels the old-fashioned way, that is, hand-rolled from scratch. Disdainful of steam-baked bagels, which they call ‘bread with a hole in it,’ Neal’s Bagels guarantees bagels that are kettle-boiled and hearth-baked to perfection every day, meaning that all of their bagels are slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. For a hearty brunch deal, they offer breakfast platters; for the minimalist foodie, their simple Nova Scotia lox bagel with cream cheese is also highly recommended.
12141 Darnestown Rd, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, +1 301 216 0070
Another family-owned-and-operated business, this tiny hidden gem delivers an old-school 1970s diner vibe for incredibly affordable prices; a well-packed plate of classic American breakfast food can be ordered for just under $5. Homey with kitschy but cozy decorations, the Village Green Restaurant delivers exactly what its exterior promises, comfort food in the best ‘Mom & Pop’ style, with a dash of nostalgia and a pinch of love. Beloved by locals with a large retainer of loyal regulars, the Village Green Restaurant is perfect for the homesick traveller.
120 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, +1 301 948 0584
With customer service described as ‘unparalleled,’ ‘courteous,’ and ‘highly responsive and efficient,’ the BLT Grill lives up to its self-appointed credo of ‘Quality Breakfast at a Reasonable Price with Friendly Service.’ With counter service provided, you can choose to eat in the comfortably decorated restaurant or to take away food for a brunch on-the-go. BLT Grill serves hearty American brunch food, with eggs freshly cooked to order, large slices of rich bacon, and well-seasoned home fries, as well as delicious waffle platters or, for a heavier twist on brunch, cheesesteak subs.
9623 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, +1 301 977 6575
If you have children to feed as well as yourself, The Dough Roller is delightfully family friendly, with a menu seemingly made for picky children. Fresh dough pizza, buttermilk pancakes, grinders, sandwiches, omelettes, and hamburgers, as well as a toy chest from which all children can select a toy. Never fear though, adult portions are generous with enormous pizza slices, New York style, and a buttermilk pancake stack that redefines the word ‘abundant’. With laid back décor and a self-seating counter service, this relaxed restaurant is perfect for a low-key brunch, with or without children.
800 Pleasant Dr, Rockville, MD, USA, +1 301 869 4807
Peppers Taco & Wine Bar offers authentic, traditional Mexican food at incredibly reasonable prices. With soups, salads, and sandwiches on offer as well as more orthodox Mexican fare, such as tacos and burritos, Peppers is a perfect compromise for the brunch group that just can’t decide what type of food will please everyone. It also guarantees fresh ingredients, with locally sourced tomatoes and jalapeños and freshly made meals, with each order made on the spot.
216 Market St W, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, +1 240 888 1049
Grill MarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar prides itself on its exceptional, yet casual, dining experience; and with hand-cut steaks, house-filleted fresh fish, and custom hickory wood burning grill, GrillMarx doesn’t disappoint. Sunday brunch offers an all-you-can-eat brunch, which includes a custom omelette station as well as a prime-rib-carving station. For the entrée lover, they also offer standard brunch fare as well as fresh oysters, which are shucked daily. Lastly, freshly made orange and grapefruit crushes, as well as sangria, satisfies all boozy brunch expectations.
12011 Snowden Farm Pkwy, Clarksburg, MD, USA, +1 301 916 1691
For a truly elegant brunch experience, try The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain. With an upscale dining room offering a gorgeous view of Sugarloaf Mountain, cordial and immaculate hosts and servers, and a quiet, classic ambiance, brunch at The Comus Inn will start your weekend off in fine style. Try the crab hushpuppies for light finger food to begin your dining experience, then move on to the delicious prime rib or tender chicken saltimbocca. Especially popular for Easter brunch but always well-attended, this place requires reservations ahead of time.
23900 Old Hundred Rd, Dickerson, MD, USA, +1 301 349 5100