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5 new brunches to try in 2019

Take your brunch game to new heights. Here are five fantastic new options that will help you level up.

St. Anselm
1250 5th St NE

Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet or savory start to your day, executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley has you covered. In the latter category, there’s hot sauce Hollandaise drizzled oysters ‘n’ grits with a poached egg, steak and eggs complemented by golden hash browns and béarnaise sauce, and gravy slathered chipped beef on white bread. For a more sugar-forward kickoff, there are doughnuts, malted chocolate chip pancakes with bananas and whipped cream, poppy seed crullers and sourdough French toast topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Get a jolt from La Colombe espresso or a classic cocktail, such as an Irish coffee, Bloody Mary, and orange mimosa.

Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

American Son
1201 K St NW

It’s just as easy to stick to your New Year’s resolutions about healthy eating as it is to fall off the wagon and totally indulge. If you’re being mindful: an acai bowl featuring local yogurt, mixed berries and granola; avocado toast dressed up with pickled cherry tomatoes, radish and a poached egg; or an omelet with an herb salad. Throwing resolve to the wind? A fried chicken sandwich featuring papaya slaw, bacon topped cheeseburger or basket of pastries (monkey bread spiked with Chinese five spice is especially memorable) are all good ways to forget about how 2019 was going to be a totally fresh start for your diet.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Delegate
901 L St NW

Come hungry to truly take advantage of this sprawling spread. For those treading carefully around carbs and calories, there’s a massive salad station and a chilled station, which features fresh fruit, peel and eat shrimp and smoked salmon. Guests who want to enjoy heftier, heavier fare, there are waffles, fried chicken, an omelet station, and a carving station offering country ham and roast beef. Sweets include crumb cake, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, and cupcakes. Bonus: It’s only $9.01 for a mimosa with $.99 refills.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Mon Ami Gabi (Reston)
11950 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA

Do you love omelets? Then this brunch is for you. There’s a quintet of fresh offerings: Lorraine (thick cut bacon, cheese, caramelized onions and chives), brie cheese complemented by mushrooms, Virginia ham with Jarlsberg cheese, local vegetable medley (spinach, peppers, mushroom, tomatoes and green beans) and an egg white option packed with butternut squash and brussels sprouts.

Saturdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Alex Speakeasy
1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW

Executive Chef Jose Molina puts out stick-to-your-ribs brunch fare, such as short rib hash, steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, hammered pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and spiced Hollandaise sauce, and a Chesapeake benedict sporting a plump crab cake. Complement your meal with Bloody Marys, mimosas, or a specialty cocktail, like the After Yoga made with sherry, cardamaro, oat milk, cold espresso and coconut milk.

Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.