The not-so-secret ingredient to a perfect weekend in Alexandria? That would be weekend brunch. Whether you’re sharing Mother’s Day brunch specials with Mom or catching up on the latest gossip with friends, you can linger over a latte, sip mimosas and indulge in rich eggs benedict or syrupy French toast patio-side for a laid-back, satisfying meal at our independent restaurants. Sound tempting? We asked some friends to share their favorite brunch spots in Alexandria to help you achieve that brunch-inspired bliss:
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Alix and Scott, Alexandria-based bloggers behind In a DC Minute:
Easily one of our favorite date night spots, The Warehouse transitions well for brunch in preserving that upscale feel while still being accessible. It has a rather extensive brunch menu, much of it seafood, and the outside seating draws us in every time.
Often overlooked as it sits a block off King Street on S. Washington St., Society Fair is a flirty and chic brunch spot where we love to meet friends for a basket of Larry’s Beignets and a chocolate croissant. The patio seating is again a huge plus for us, but the excellent service and quality dishes are what really keep us coming back.
Union Street Public House – Though there isn’t outside seating, we find ourselves more than comfortable perched on stools at the bar. We have enjoyed this laid-back scene for awhile now, and usually enjoy whatever game is on TV that day. The menu is solid, and admittedly has one of my favorite Benedicts in all of Alexandria. Order a Bloody or Mimosa and we’ll find ourselves situated on that stool for a better part of the morning. Very much the pub-style brunch, it lends itself to that cozy “Cheers” type spot.
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Del Ray has another one of our favorite brunches at Evening Star Cafe. The Bloody Mary sold Scott when it came garnished with grilled cheese – and he’s never been the same since. The chicken and waffles are excellent, but we have found that there is no going wrong with this menu. The atmosphere is eclectic and will add another layer of conversation between bites.
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Nancy, founder and owner at La Cuisine, The Cook’s Resource:
We just had brunch on the patio of Hunting Creek and I was in love. Well-priced pink Prosecco from Bisol. I had local oysters on the half shell and an omelet. My carnivore spouse had their steak and poached eggs. Both oysters and our dishes were perfect. And the patio seating is heavenly. Families were there as well as couples and all were happy.
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María, blogger behind Very Busy Mamá:
Del Ray Café! It’s small and intimate yet child friendly, and the eggs Benedict are to die for! Staff is very friendly and helpful and often you will see the owner, Laurent, walking around and speaking to customers.
Second, Extra Perks in North Old Town (around the corner from a la Lucia) is superb for a weekend brunch! The owner is British so you can order a full English breakfast as well as an all-American menu for those non-Anglophiles :). Coffee is great and the atmosphere is cozy and very welcoming. Budget friendly!!!
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Meshelle Armstrong, co-owner of Eat Good Food Group:
Lee, publisher of Alexandria blog Red Brick Town:
Chadwicks has a cozy setting, great service and a brunch menu with a wide variety of options, including my favorites Eggs Chesapeake (with crabcakes instead of ham) and bangers and mash.
At Theismann’s, the food is good, there’s usually a game on, nice atmosphere (outside seating when the weather cooperates), great service, and a good selection of menu items for brunch. My wife loves the Wisconsin Cheddar and Chive omelet while my favorite is the Joe’s Benedict.
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Jill, owner and operator at Cheesetique:
For brunch, our favorite choice is Evening Star. It’s right in our neighborhood so we can walk and I absolutely love their fried chicken and waffles.
Number two is sort of a cheat because our usual Sunday brunch consists of donuts from Sugar Shack along with fried chicken from Popeyes. Does that count?
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Alex and Wendy, bloggers behind Old Town Home:
Society Fair was already one of our favorite places for Happy Hour, but now it’s a more recent addition to our favorite brunch stops. The staff is always fun, friendly, and accommodating, and the bananas foster waffles are absolutely delicious. An insider’s tip—they go great with the bottomless mimosas!
If the weather is great and we’re in the mood for a little outdoor brunching, Columbia Firehouse is our first thought. Though their indoor brunch is equally good, the courtyard has that quintessential Old Town feel. Their menu is pretty extensive for brunch, but our favorite dish is their three egg omelet with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and mushrooms. And though alcohol is not necessarily a must for brunch, their brunch cocktail menu is equal parts creative and inviting.
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And finally, when we’re in the mood to venture out of Old Town, you’ll find us at Del Ray Café just off of The Avenue. We love the casual setting, wide open second floor, and the ability to accommodate a large brunch reservation (which is great for a birthday brunch). You really can’t go wrong with your order, but we’re partial to both the French toast and the classic eggs Benedict.
Thanks to all our Alexandria experts who shared their favorite brunch spots with us!
More popular restaurants for brunch in Alexandria are Jackson 20, Virtue Feed & Grain, Bastille, BRABO Tasting Room, Cheesetique, Vermilion, and the list goes on. Find more information about weekend brunch in Alexandria here.