Brunchin' on a Budget: The Top Brunch Spots in DC When You're Low on Funds
Brunch is the trend that just won't end. Acceptable day drinking? Check. Good food? Yes. Did I already say endless Champagne? I mean, really, who could ever hate brunch? Well, except those of us who don’t have the funds to cash out with our brunch-time connoisseur friends. Because if you’re not budgeting right, brunch can honestly turn into another bill (albeit delicious, a bill nevertheless). So, to all my DC folks, if you’re in the city looking for a good brunch spot without breaking the bank, I am here to help. In no particular order, here are the top 5 spots in Washington, D.C. for brunchin’ on a budget!
El Centro is one of my favorite bar/restaurants in DC! It’s multilevel, and has a rooftop area that gives you that boss b*tch feeling every time you go up there. Their drinks are, most importantly, strong as hell! This is your warning! For $39 you can get unlimited food (yum!) and drinks, yes that’s $39 TOTAL, all while vibing to Latin music. And if you still think the price is steep, just remember, you’re getting unlimited food & drinks; so, even if you don’t feel like it’s a good deal, you’ll be able to drink until you do.
For $18 and the purchase of an entrée, you’ll receive unlimited mimosas. The Fainting Goat’s (I’ll never get over that name) has a simple brunch menu, with options as cheap as $10. Plus, their unsurprisingly yummy mimosa flavors: white cranberry; mango; and, of course, the traditional OJ. As it’s on the now infamous U Street, it’s bound to be bustling and busy when you embark on your brunch experience -- get there early, it’s worth the wake up.
Slightly unrelated, but if you’re in the mood for some salsa (the dance, not the thing you dip chips into) on a Friday or Saturday night, this is the place to go! I always have so much fun here whenever I go! Circling back, brunch. Foodies, this one’s for you. You can get three items from the menu for just short of $25; drinks aren’t included, but, you can add bottomless mimosas or bloody marys for a little under $17. Still, in my opionin, three items for $25 is definitely a steal!
Who loves buffets? Me. Endless food? Sold. Especially when it’s right in the center of the city. At Front Page, you get a bottomless buffet for around $25. Bottomless, people!!! Disclaimer, drinks cost extra. But, for only $12 more, you can add a little mimosa to your bottomless. Nevertheless, $25 for unlimited food is a great bargain. And with a full bottomless menu only coming out to $37, I’d still go back. And if you really want to be drunk but are stoically opposed to paying extra for mimosa’s, just pregame a little (we’re not judging, I promise).
At DC Harvest, you get $20 bottomless mimosas and $25 bottomless bloody marys during brunch. The great part about this one is that purchase of an entrée isn’t necessary: you can get a side or an appetizer… but who doesn’t love a liquid brunch? So, for all my frugal folks, just get one of these tasty appetizers or sides, go forth, and prosper!
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