DC Brunch on a Budget
DC loves and I mean LOVES brunch. I know everyone loves brunch but DC takes it to a whole other level. While I know people who can drop $40 on brunch like it’s no big deal, I am not one of those people. That makes the weekly brunch habit a tough pill to swallow, and this guide to brunch on a budget so necessary.
one // Founding Farmers – I have to start with a classic. It’s impossible to get a reservation here for a reason. It’s great farm to table food and so affordable. My best friend Karley swears by the Founding Farmers breakfast – two eggs any style, bread, meat and a side, all for $10. If you want it the Karley way you have to order the buttered ciabatta bread and hash browns, but if you’re not an eggs person, they also have the classics: pancakes, waffles, or French toast. If you can snag a reservation, it’s one of the best cheap breakfasts you’ll have in DC
two // Ted’s Bulletin – Ted’s is in the same price range as Founding Farmers, but it’s the environment that makes it really stand out. They have a very classic vibe and always have I Love Lucy playing on a big screen (one of my favorite things about it). As far as food goes, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but you have to try a Ted’s Tart. They’re homemade and come in a couple of different flavors and always look amazing. You can get strawberry, blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel or brown sugar & cinnamon.
three // Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken/District Doughnut – Doughnuts are one of my absolute favorite foods and DC does doughnuts pretty damn well. I grouped these together for brunch on the go. If you’re in the mood for a heavier meal definitely go by Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. They only offer two foods and they’re both done incredibly well. My favorite is the cherry blossom donuts they have in the spring! If you’re spending your Sunday morning shopping, check out District Doughnuts in Georgetown. It’s nestled in a back alley but their doughnuts are amazing. I haven’t been there since I first tried it last spring and now I can’t wait to go back.
four // Medium Rare – Last but not least, is a slightly pricier (by my standards) brunch but one that’s 100% worth it. Medium Rare offers a $25 inclusive brunch featuring bottomless Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, mimosas, coffee and OJ; bread (which needs to be mentioned because it’s amazing); yogurt, fruit or salad; and your choice of one of 5 main courses. Their classic is Steak Frites – steak and fries in a special sauce, but steak and eggs is another great brunch option. Every time I go I leave stuffed.