- Washington DC
- Jonathan Stern
Have a hankering for some blueberry pancakes or crab-topped eggs Benedict? Then carve out some time on the weekend and head to Capitol Hill, one of the best areas in DC to satisfy that brunch craving. Here are a few of the Hill’s best spots.
Head inside Eastern Market’s south hall on the weekend and look for the line, that’s where you’ll find the Market Lunch counter. The blueberry buckwheat pancakes here are famous in DC and come topped with real maple syrup. Those with a sweet tooth can satisfy their craving with an order of the chocolate chip pancakes. After receiving their goods, customers can grab a seat at the long counter and enjoy the buzzing ambiance of the market all around.
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Where on Capitol Hill can you find treats like home-made pop tarts and, according to the menu, a ‘cinnamon roll as big as ya head’? At Ted’s Bulletin, of course. At Ted’s, customers feel as if they’ve been taken back in time, thanks to the restaurant’s classic American diner feel. Breakfast is served all day, so brunch food is always an option. For those who have worked up an appetite, go for The Big Mark Breakfast: three eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, toast and one of those delicious pop tarts.
Tunnicliff’s Tavern has been a neighborhood gathering place for years. Located directly across the street from the marketplace, it makes the perfect brunch spot for people watching on busy Eastern Market weekends. There is even an outdoor patio to boot. Highlights on the menu include the Eggs Chesapeake (poached eggs with jumbo lump crab meat and hollandaise sauce) and the Farmer’s Omelet (eggs, mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and chopped bacon).
Jimmy T’s Place
A greasy spoon diner located a few blocks from the US Capitol, Jimmy T’s has been around for more than 40 years. Not much has changed here over the years, a couple of the original menus still hang above the booths. The collection of coffee mugs is one of the diner’s points of pride; come by a few times and it’s likely that you will never drink from the same one. Frequented mainly by Hill residents, Jimmy T’s certainly has its fair share of regulars that come for the no-frills atmosphere and comforting breakfast food.
Beuchert’s Saloon is a recent addition to Capitol Hill, serving fresh farm-to-table brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Though it may be more appropriate to call it a re-addition to the neighborhood: the original Beuchart’s Saloon was founded by a German immigrant in 1880 in this same location. Beuchert’s new owners have striven to maintain the building’s history by including period-appropriate design elements. The beignets are fluffy and perhaps the closest you’ll find to those of New Orleans.
The name Lavagna is significant for two reasons: it is both a beautiful fishing port in the province of Genoa, Italy and the word for ‘chalkboard’, which symbolizes simplicity and versatility. This Capitol Hill restaurant has adopted these two elements as the keys to its food philosophy, and fresh ingredients are of the utmost importance. The brunch menu features blood orange mimosas and mascarpone pancakes that are outrageously delicious.