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The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Germantown, Maryland

The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Germantown, Maryland

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Updated: 3 November 2016
The third most populous place in Maryland, Germantown is a lovely suburban census-designated place just 28 miles from Washington, D.C. Despite not being an official city, 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 ten best places to brunch surrounding Germantown, MD.

Scion

A warm, welcoming neighbourhood restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine, Scion offers a trendy, high end décor with an intimate setting to match. Their craft beer selection is staggering, but the true hero of the brunch are the bottomless mimosas, always a key part of any brunch decision. Finger foods and other relaxed brunch snacks abound, but they also offer slightly more complex options such as the lobster hash, which comes with two perfectly poached eggs with hollandaise sauce over a bed of lobsters and three different types of potatoes: sweet, white, and purple.

 

1200 E W Hwy, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 585-8878

Mrs. K’s Tollhouse

Established in 1930, this antique filled, old world American restaurant is renowned for its Sunday brunch. The restaurant gains its name from the fact that it is founded in what was once the last operating tollhouse in Montgomery County; it is also rumoured to have been a speakeasy during Prohibition. Enjoy looking at one of the finest collections of Lutz glass in existence while feasting on the abundant brunch. Mrs. K’s Toll House offers a carving station, a custom omelet station, freshly made Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, home fries, oysters on the half shell, and an assortment of hot breakfast and lunch foods, cold salads, and cold appetisers, as well as fine pastries and Danishes.

 

9201 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 589-3500

La Malinche

For $30 at La Malinche, you can get all of the brunch tapas as well as unlimited mimosas, sangrias, or beer. La Malinche specialises in Spanish and Mexican tapas, so this deal is anything but cheap and your money’s worth. Their tapas range from bacon wrapped dates, mussels, brussel sprouts, spinach with cranberries, potatoes braves, plantains, and mushrooms. Named after the enslaved Mexican woman who was gifted to Hernán Cortés and became his interpreter, confidante, and mother of the first mestizo, or mixed-blood child , La Malinche strives to preserve this weight of history and legacy in their authentic recipes.

8622 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 562-862

The Daily Dish

The Daily Dish prides itself on its local, seasonal, and farm fresh ingredients. They describe themselves as serving ‘comfort food that reflects the Bounty of the seasons,’ as well as ‘eating local & being local.” With weekly visits to local farmers markets in order to purchase produce, meat, eggs, and dairy products, their words are backed up by their delicious, fresh cuisine. Their food ranges from Amish roast chicken, organic salmon, sustainable seafood including Maryland soft shell and jumbo lump crab, artisan pastas, and hearth-oven pizzas. Their brunch in particular offers the option to make your own bloody Mary according to taste.

8301 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 588-6300

Omelet | Courtesy of UB
Omelet | Courtesy of UB

Urban Butcher

A bohemian restaurant with a bar, butcher shop, and meat cellar, Urban Butcher serves, crafts, butchers, cures, cellars, and cooks. A prominently featured meat locker with glass walls and a cut to order counter provide a scenic backdrop to your brunch, which is discounted by 20 per cent on all T-bone steaks, which are local and dry-aged in-house for 60 days and served with smoked butter, fried garlic, and grilled lemons. The steaks can also be ordered with foie gras torch, white truffle butter, or two eggs and home fries. It also comes with an all day happy hour, when you can order their renowned Lavender Margarita by the pitcher.

 

8226 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 585-5800

Buffet | Courtesy of Pacci's Trattoria and Pasticceria
Buffet | Courtesy of Pacci’s Trattoria and Pasticceria

Pacci’s Trattoria and Pasticceria

The building itself is housed in a historic general store, and the broad wood beams of the structure reflect its long legacy. If you’re craving traditional Italian on a Sunday morning, Pacci’s Trattoria and Pasticceria offers an all you can eat brunch for just $20, which includes its signature pizza, light and fluffy Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelet that come with ingredients as exotic as crab meat, mussels and clams, and poached salmon. Beverages are included in the all you can eat deal, as well as dessert, which includes delicious homemade blueberry muffins, cheesecake, and chocolate petit fours.

6 Post Office Rd, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 588-0867

8407 Kitchen Bar

Located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring and just minutes from Washington, D.C., 8407 Kitchen Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a sophisticated, trendy, and deliciously boozy brunch. Executive Chef Oscar Jimenez offers an artisanal American menu with house-made charcuterie, fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce, meat, and game and sustainable seafood. Lit with natural light and decorated in a way reminiscent of rustic vacations, with brick walls and granite bar tops, 8407 lets you enjoy a low-key, relaxing brunch, accompanied by delicious craft cocktails. Lead mixologist, Tammy Vodinh, will create personal cocktails for guests, but 8407 also offers quality wines and craft beers to go with your brunch.

 

8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 587-8407

Salad | Courtesy of All Set Restaurant and Bar
Salad | Courtesy of All Set Restaurant and Bar

All Set Restaurant and Bar

All Set Restaurant and Bar offers a contemporary twist on seasonally inspired American cuisine, along with a heavy coastal New England influence. They boast fresh and nutritious ingredients and a classic, comforting culinary style that includes such unique items as chickpea fries and Sriracha cheddar biscuits. Their Sunday brunch offers a Prix Fixe men with three different choices as well as an all day happy hour, which comes into handy with the house punch – a highly recommended drink that comes in multiple flavours, including lavender green tea and watermelon basil. Airy, well lit seating, along with an outdoor patio, provide a lovely structure in which to enjoy the reasonably priced meal.

 

8630 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 495-8800

Busboys and Poets

A funky, hip little eatery with open mic nights as well as author talks, Busboys and Poets is conscientious in its meticulous labelling of dishes that are vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian friendly. This conscientiousness extends to their ingredients; their syrup, for instance, is locally sourced from Coombs Family Farms and is 100 per cent pure Vermont maple syrup. All their salads come accompanied with herb bread, and you can add various add ons such as mahi mahi fish, steak, or crab cake for a small charge. They also include a charming little bookstore with quirky, offbeat books.

2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC, USA; +1 202 387-7638

Fenton Café

This small café is unassuming in its décor and storefront, but the crepes in which they specialise more than compensate for the minimal décor. From sweet to savoury crepes, Fenton Café has it all, with options including spinach, artichoke, and feta crepes. Perfect for the Francophile or crepe-lover on a budget, the Fenton brunch special is locally renowned as one of the best weekend morning deals to be found in the area. Fenton Café also has wi-fi, outdoor tables with umbrellas, and street parking in front as well as a parking lot around the corner.

 

8311 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD, USA; +1 301 326-1841