It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. Every Friday, we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com check in with a select group of the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check back here every Friday at 4:30pm for a list of all open reservations at the area’s best restaurants. Here are available reservations for Saturday, January 24th:

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1201 N. Royal Street Alexandria, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

100 New York Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
931 H Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

707 6th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
Washington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available@

Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

2201 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1813 Columbia Road, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

NoPa Kitchen and Bar
800 F Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

775 G Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

903 N Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Fainting Goat
1330 U Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

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Local Food Pioneers Pass the Torch

Not only have they changed the way Washingtonians eat, but their markets have provided hundreds of farmers direct access to customers and served as an incubator for multiple start-up food businesses…and now Ann Yonkers and Bernadine Prince have announced their retirement. Since founding the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market in 1997, they created the largest network of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and became regional and national leaders in the local food movement. Nationally, the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is often recognized as one of the country’s top farmers markets. Collectively, Yonkers and Prince have received numerous awards and accolades including the 2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Award, Washingtonian magazine’s 2012 Green Giant award, WETA’s 2008 “Hometown Hero,” the 2007 Innovator Award from the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership, and the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs 2006 “Women Who Inspire” Community Service Award. Yonkers was recently recognized as the 2014 Downtown DC BID’s Person of the Year, and is the past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Prince is the president of the national Farmers Market Coalition, and is actively pursued as an expert and speaker on direct marketing at farmers market conferences and sustainable agriculture. (freshfarmmarkets.org)


Post-Holiday Indulgence Is Easy on the Pockets with Area Restaurant Weeks

Winter Restaurant Week – The week-long celebration of area restaurants is back! Featuring specially priced menus from January 19 through January 25, the event includes over 350 restaurants offering three-course prix fixe dinners and lunches ranging from $20 to $35. Now in its fifteenth year, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) Winter Restaurant Week is a great way to kick off the new year. (ramw.org/restaurantweek)

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week – For 10 days and two weekends, 60 Alexandria restaurants will offer specially priced, showcase dinners during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week, January 23 to February 1, 2015. This year, you can savor lunch too, with more than two dozen restaurants offering lunch specials in addition to dinner promotions. New Restaurant Week participants include BRABO Tasting Room, with its casual Belgian fare, alongside Alexandria newcomers City Kitchen, Mackie’s Bar and Grill, and Old Town favorite Taverna Cretekou. (AlexandriaRestaurantWeek.com; 703.746.3301)


Food News You Should Use: 2015 Edition

Fried Chicken + Gravy + Doughnuts — If you’re befuddled by the words fried chicken, gravy, and doughnut all next to one another, we can’t blame you—but Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is happy to clear up the confusion with a fried chicken gravy doughnut sandwich. The fried chicken sandwich features a piece of fried chicken topped with Cajun-flair gravy on a savory doughnut bun. The breakfast version of the sandwich is smaller than the lunch version, priced at $5.50 and $9.75, respectively. (1308 G St NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com)

Bring on the Bullfrog Bagels — Known for their wrap-around-the-block lines, Bullfrog Bagels are now available across the D.C. region. Tryst, The Diner, Open City, Tryst at the Phillips, The Coupe, and Open City at the National Cathedral will give five D.C. neighborhoods the chance to eat the local, hand-rolled, boiled, and baked artisan bagels from D.C.’s Atlas District. (Tryst Coffeehouse, Bar & Lounge, 2459 18th St NW 202-232-8800, www.TrystDC.com // Open City, 2331 Calvert St, NW 202-332-2331, www.OpenCityDC.com // The Coupe, 3415 11th St, NW 202-290-3342, www.TheCoupeDC.com // Tryst at the Phillips, 1600 21st St, NW 202-387-2151 x 351, www.TrystDC.com/at-the-phillips // Open City at the National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 202-965-7670, www.OpenCityDC.com/at-the-national-cathedral-2)

Calling All Truffle Lovers — Fiola de Fabio Trabocchi calls all truffle lovers with its fourth annual bianchetto white truffle festival. The restaurant will bring the Italian truffle market to you, with a daily selection of truffles in a range of sizes, for purchase at $4 per gram. Enjoy your bianchetto on one of Fiola’s classic dishes, such as risotto Castelmagno, hand cut tajarin, or sunny-side-up egg with guanciale. (601 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.628.2888; fioladc.com)

A SuperBOWL of Guac At Your Door – Rosa Mexicano brings its signature tableside Guacamole en Molcajete TV-side with its Super Bowl Guac-to-Go Party pack, available for delivery on game day. The guac pack includes house-made tortillas, corn tortilla chips, and a SuperBOWL of guac delivered to your door. Prices range from $25 for guac for 5, to $100 for guac for 20. (5225 Wisconsin Ave NW; 575 7 St NW; rosamexicano.com)

Beef, Bacon, and Burgundy — An unprecedented new pairing with a French twist, new Smith & Wollensky menu selections feature signature House Smoked Beef Bacon and Joseph Drouhin Burgundy. Indulge in several selections featuring the flavors, such as a burrata appetizer, iceberg wedge salad, scallops with foraged mushrooms, Beef Wellington with bacon-wrapped tournedos, and mushroom ragout. For a limited time, guests who order two glasses of Joseph Drouhin Burgundy will receive a complimentary Cup O’ Bacon, featuring signature crispy House Smoked Beef Bacon with bleu cheese dip. (1112 19 St NW; 202.466.1100; smithandwollensky.com/beef-bacon-burgundy/)

Winter is Coming at sweetgreen – sweetgreen has your New Year’s resolutions covered with their signature, seasonal offerings. This winter features a new Detox Salad with shredded kale, organic arugula, watercress, spicy broccoli, red onion, pears, walnuts, avocado, and a special detox dressing. Additional offerings include bok choy, chicken, and lentil stew; a Portobello, squash, and wild rice bowl; organic sweet potato kale soup; and, hibiscus lime tea. (sweetgreen.com)

Noodle Pop-Up Lunch – Chef Tim Ma’s acclaimed Water & Wall offers a nod to the Silk Road with its monthly guest chef noodle bowls, beginning with Chef Jonah Kim and his Sous Vide Mushroom Broth with Winter Vegetables. Water & Wall’s Silk Road Noodle Pop-Up Lunch will be offered through the end of March, and dishes will be available to enjoy at the restaurant as well as to go. (3811 N Fairfax Dr, Arlington VA 22203; 703.294.4949; waterandwall.com)

Leave it to Zentan — Enjoy an interactive Japanese tasting menu under the helm of Zentan’s new Chef Yo Matsuzaki. Offering an omakase dining option—rougly translated as “I’ll leave it to you,” aka chef’s choice—Matsuzaki will curate a different experience every week. The menus will adhere to kaiseki principles of seasonal preparation and sourcing.  From start to finish, guests will receive a tailor-made dining experience at the five seats overlooking Zentan’s sushi bar, plus a special send-off to cap the night off right. (1155 14 ST NW; 202.379.4366; zentanrestaurant.com)



Will Artley – BLT Steak has appointed locally loved Will Artley as its new Executive Chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Artley staffed at prestigious restaurants such as Aquabit in NYC; D’Amico Cucina in Minneapolis; Colvin Run Tavern in Tyson’s Corner, VA; Butterfield 9, Indebleu, and Kinkead’s. He then oversaw Evening Star Café for six years, where he won several awards before moving on to head the kitchen at Pizzeria Orso, where he received several RAMMY nominations. (1625 I ST NW; BLT Steak)

Johnny Miele — Columbia Firehouse welcomes Johnny Miele as its new Executive Chef, where he’ll reinterpret the classic brasserie with dishes such as ahi tuna tartar and braised lamb shank. A graduate of the Art Institute of New York, Miele began his career at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole restaurant, graduating from intern to Executive Pastry Chef over the span of nine years. Miele also worked with Chef Ivy Stark at Amalia, before moving on to become the Executive Pastry Chef of Ed Brown’s modern American Eighty One. In 2009, Johnny was appointed by Chef Ed Brown the Executive Chef position at Ed’s Chowder House in New York’s Empire Hotel. Miele most recently served as Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef of Aggio and Range restaurants before joining the team.  (109 S. St. Asaph St, Old Town Alexandria; 703.683.1776; columbiafirehouse.com)

Andy Myers — ThinkFoodGroup has announced Andy Myers, MS, as its Wine Director for José Andrés’ acclaimed family of restaurants. A certified Master Sommelier, Myers discovered his passion for wine nearly two decades ago while working at the renowned The Inn At Little Washington. After eight years as the Sommelier at CityZen in D.C., Myers joined ThinkFoodGroup’s team, bringing an extensive knowledge of wine along with a particular passion for German Riesling and spectacular Burgundy. Myers will bring his distinct perspective to each of ThinkFoodGroup’s diverse collection of restaurants. (thinkfoodgroup.com)

Frank Ruta —  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown has snapped up Frank Ruta, the award-winning chef behind Palena, to helm The Grill Room at the hotel. Regarded as one of America’s best chefs, Frank Ruta spent ten years at The White House as the personal lunch and dinner chef to the Carter, Reagan, and Bush families. Ruta holds almost all of the restaurant industry’s top accolades, including being named by Food & Wine as “Best New Chef” in 2001 and then going on to being named “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” by the James Beard Foundation in 2007. Recent accolades include Forbes Travel Guide awarding Palena four stars in 2014 and Washingtonian magazine naming the establishment to its “Best of DC 2014” list. (thegrillroomdc.com)



Keep a Bottle at Daikaya — Do as the Japanese do with Daikaya’s new “Bottle Keep” amenity. Bottle Keep is a common practice in Japan, in which a customer buys a discounted bottle, and the bar keeps it for three to six months. At Daikaya, patrons wishing to purchase a bottle of Japanese whiskey to enjoy at their leisure in the restaurant will have 6 to 12 rotating bottle selections each month to choose from, with prices ranging from $160 for a Nikka Taketsuru 12 year-old whiskey to $600 for the Suntory Yamazaki 18 year-old whiskey. Daikaya will give a complimentary raffle ticket in the form of a symbolic key with every purchase of a 40 ml pour of the “Nikka from The Barrel,” priced at $35. One lucky winner from the drawing will receive a prize bottle of Nikka Taketsuru 21 year-old whiskey for the Bottle Keep shelf at Daikaya. (705 6 St NW; 202.589.1600; daikaya.com)

Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Anniversary Peach Farmhouse Ale — The beer with a name that’s quite a mouthful sounds like a literal mouthful—of real Maryland peaches and apple brandy. Only available at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the Atlas Brew Works partnership beer is something completely unique to the D.C. scene. Made with peaches and aged in a used apple brandy barrel, Jack Rose will launch the beer on February 1, along with an array of $4 and $5 draft specials. (2007 18 St NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com)

Cheers to the Weekend – Bringing together like-minded champagne connoisseurs (or anyone who needs to toast Friday with a little champagne,) The Rye Bar at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is launching Taittinger Champagne Friday Happy Hours. Every Friday from 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M., these signature Happy Hours are an official partnership with the legendary Taittinger Champagne House; the Taittinger Brut la Francaise BTG, along with other champagnes, will be specially priced and bottles will sell for $80 instead of the usual $110. Patrons will also be treated to the art of sabering champagne and the sabering ceremony. (202.617.2425; The Rye Bar)

Hot Cocktail Tasting — Warm up at Trummer’s with a new hot cocktail menu. Steaming, warmth-inducing libations include Pisco Caliente (apple, winter spices, honey butter); Hot Valrhona Cocoa (rum, mint marshmallows); Hot Sangria (winter fruits, warming aromatics) and, a spiked coffee cocktail, all created by the meticulous Stefan Trummer.  Cocktails range from $12 to $16 and are available as long as the weather is frigid. (7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124; 703.266.1623; trummersonmain.com)


Cozy Up on D.C.’s Warm Winter Patios

Hot Cocktails and Fire Pits – A Bar + Kitchen welcomes guests on their expansive outdoor terrace for the winter months, with the debut of DIY hot cocoa and hot cider bars and s’mores alongside two fire pits, four area heaters and blankets. Keeping guests cozy throughout the fall and winter seasons, A Bar invites guests to create their own warm libations at the do-it-yourself hot cider bar for $5, with the option to make it a cocktail with a shot of bourbon or dark spiced rum for an additional $6. A hot cocoa bar will offer the same level of customization, with whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, and other toppings for $5, with the option to add a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream, bourbon, or peppermint schnapps for an extra $6. (2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.464.5610; abardc.com)

Patio Season Continues — Fire pits and faux fur blankets and hot drinks, oh my! Bourbon Steak continues patio season with a winter-friendly, 100-seat outdoor space with faux fur blankets and warming fire pits. Dishes such as Chesapeake chowder and lobster lasagna add to the cozy atmosphere, as well as hot cocktails like Hot Buttered Rum with brown butter and dulce de leche. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave; 202.944.2026; bourbonsteakdc.com)

Tavern Warmers — Shirlington Village’s Copperwood Tavern is launching a new Tavern Warmers menu alongside its two new patio fire pits. The fire pits will be lit at dusk each night; the restaurant will provide fleece blankets for outdoor patrons to enjoy during their visit. New Tavern Warmers cocktails include bourbon (lemon, honey syrup, orange and clove); spiced rum (apple cider redux, lemon and nutmeg); moonshine (coco-syrup, coffee and crème); as well as apple brandy (port-vanilla syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange). For the perfect pairing, guests enjoying the fireside fun will have the option to order an S’mores Pack, which includes all the accessories needed for the perfect s’more. (4021 Campbell Ave, VA 22206; 703.552.8010; copperwoodtavern.com)

Spanish Patio — Dunya’s year-round rooftop patio, covered and heated during the winter, offers salsa lessons in gorgeous Spanish-style surroundings. Sample cocktails and contemporary Mediterranean fare, or come for the Sunday brunch and weekend DJs.  (801 Florida Ave NW; 202.332.0207)

Poste Winter Lounge Returns — Grab your marshmallow sticks, because Poste Winter Lounge is back and now offering complimentary s’mores alongside their fire pits. The lounge will be open Tuesday through Saturday throughout the colder months, featuring heating lamps, blankets, hot cocktails from lead bartender James Nelson, and skewers from Executive Chef Kyoo Eom. Warm winter cocktails include the Appleton of My Eye (Appleton’s VX rum, salted caramel cider) and the Holey Moley (Milagro Silver Tequila, a chili pepper and cinnamon spiced hot chocolate). Skewers include mushroom and scallion, spicy chicken, bulgogi beef, and shrimp. (555 9 St NW; postebrasserie.com)

Want to know about more places to snuggle up by the fire? Listen to Nycci talk fireside dining both indoors and out on WTOP: Click here to listen.



Sixth Annual D.C. Meat Week – This year, the January 25 through February 1 D.C. Meat Week includes an extra day to meet meat lovers’ demands. Washington barbecue lovers will gather for the sixth time to enjoy slow-smoked meats across the Washington region, and four new establishments will join five long-time favorites. With a BBQ brunch and a new “Beers and BBQ” event, this is the biggest and best DC Meat Week yet. Participants include Urban Bar-B-Que, Hill Country Barbeque Market, Pork Barrel BBQ, Fat Pete’s BBQ, Sweet Fire Donna’s, and Rocklands, as well as several barbeque brunches. (meatweek.com/chapters/washingtondc)

2015 Sugar & Champagne Affair — An annual celebration of all things sweet, The Washington Humane Society’s annual dessert and champagne reception on February 4, 2015 honors local crusaders against animal cruelty. Hosted by Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, the affair serves up delectable confections from D.C.’s best restaurants alongside the world’s finest sparkling wines. The new Exclusive Experience provides special guests with a unique opportunity to make their own desserts, learn to concoct magnificent drinks, view exceptional demonstrations, and try items not offered to any other guests. (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; support.washhumane.org)

The Taste & Style of George Washington — On Fridays and Sundays through February 8, Mount Vernon’s first fine arts tour offers guests the chance to appreciate a lesser known quality of George Washington – his keen eye!  This tour, which includes the Mansion as well as the museum, explores Washington’s tastes and his selection of decorative fine arts for his home. A portion of the available tickets are offered in advance. This tour is included in admission, however you must register for a tour ticket online or at the ticket window. (mountvernon.org)

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE — Washington, D.C. has been selected as the featured American city for the 2015 MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, taking place February 19 – March 1, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec. The 11-day festival highlights music, art & cuisine through a series of citywide activities that will celebrate Switzerland, Washington, D.C. and the Lanaudière region of Quebec. Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Events DC are thrilled to collaborate on the opportunity which will showcase the region’s culinary talent at one of the largest winter festivals in the world.  MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE brings together the finest chefs and culinary professionals from five continents for an unmatched culinary experience. Nine series, dubbed the “Finest Tables,” will offer a complete gastronomical immersion through special events hosted by six outstanding Washington metropolitan chefs, who will cook at restaurants around Montreal.  “The lineup includes an all-star roster of RAMMY award winning chefs and restaurateurs who personify the excitement of the dining scene in D.C. today,” said RAMW President & CEO Kathy E. Hollinger.  The festival’s full lineup includes hundreds of gourmet food and wine activities with fifty participating culinary professionals. Reservations are now being accepted, and can be selected by price or date at montrealenlumiere.com.

A Winter Wine Experience — Grab a map, gas up the car, and set out for the wine trails to explore Maryland’s rich culture, museums, attractions, and history, and, of course, wines.  The Maryland Wineries Association, in partnership with local wineries and wine trails, presents Maryland Wine Passport Experience, a series of events taking place on each of Maryland’s six unique wine trails over two weekends; February 21-22 and February 28-March 1. The Passport Experience pass is $25.00 per person and includes complimentary tastings at participating wineries, in addition to other discounts and deals along the way. For passes, more information or a list of all the participating wineries, log on to marylandwineevents.com.


You’ll Never Want for Brunch in the D.C. Area

Alba Osteria Launches Bottomless Brunch — Alba Osteria’s answer to the ubiquitous DC bottomless brunch launches on February 1. Priced at $29.95, the brunch includes breakfast pizzas, egg dishes, pancakes, and meatballs along with four bottomless brunch cocktails and live music, to boot. Look forward to plates like friend eggs and meatballs, buckwheat ricotta pancakes, and the Monte Cristo, and sides like smoked pancetta, house-made lamb sausage, and fried potatoes. Cocktails include mimosas, white peach bellinis, infused prosciutto vodka Bloody Marys, and house-made beer-mosas. Order a la carte, as well, or if just bottomless drinks are more your style, they’re $18 a person.Yum! (425 I St NW; 202.733.4454; albaosteriadc.com)

Belgian-Flair Breakfast at B Too —Get ready for an unconventional take on contemporary Belgian breakfast cuisine with surprising new choices available at B Too. Dishes abound, including fried apple waffle donuts, hash browns with duck confit, a banana Nutella granola waffle, and a chicken waffle with chicken schnitzel and sweet onion syrup. Available to stay or to go from 7:00A.M. to 11:00A.M., these not-to-miss twists on breakfast favorites are from Chef Bart Vandaele, a recognized leader in contemporary Belgian cuisine. (1324 14 St NW; 202.627.2800; btoo.com)

Brunch and Express Lunch at Black’s Bar and Kitchen — Executive Chef Dane Sewlall has accommodated time-sensitive lunchers with a diverse lunch menu priced from $18 to $24, including beverages (wines and draft beers), starters (a soup of the day or wood-grilled bruschetta), entrees (a risotto, a hardwood grilled chicken sandwich, or Addie’s Mussels), and desserts (a cookie plate, chocolate chip bread pudding, or house-made ice cream). Newly revamped brunch offerings include a $43 buffet including oysters, charcuterie, and an egg station among other items, and a la carte items such as Black’s Benedict, a house take on Eggs Benedict that includes Virginia ham and brandy-pepper hollandaise. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301.652.5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com)

Central Michael Richard Announces Brunch — Chefs Michel Richard and David Deshaies hope to exceed all culinary expectations with a new, three course, $25 fixed priced Sunday brunch. Including bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys, the brunch also includes delicious offerings such as crème brulee French toast, Croque Madame with fried egg, chicken schnitzel, apple pancakes, and more! (1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

City Tap House Brunch Service — Worry about your diet on Monday—Executive Chef Scott Swiderski’s a la carte brunch dishes, including artisan pizzas, crab cake benedict, chicken & waffles, and foie gras French toast, are now offered on weekends from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.  Wash it all down with a bottomless brunch bar, which includes endless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and beer-mosas for $18 per person. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

City Tap House/Terrapin Beer Company Team Up for Beer Brunch — Here’s something new—City Tap House has teamed with Terrapin Beer Company to bring you a la carte brunch dishes paired with Terrapin Beer Company beers. Pairings include biscuits and gravy with Hopsecutioner IPA, chicken and waffles with Moo-Hoo Stout, honey crisp granola with Tree Hugger Ale, and lemon ricotta pancakes with White Chocolate Moo-Hoo Stout, among other unusual and delicious-sounding pairings. As an added bonus, a Terrapin representative will be on hand to introduce a special cask version of Mosaic IPA, made with jalapeno chilies and orange peel. Drink up on Monday, January 20 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

Bottomless Brunch is Back — Enjoy bottomless brunch bubbly at Coco Sala, featuring summer punch, berries and bubbles, and OJ fizz! The three-course “mimosa brunch experience” includes dishes like Hotcake Obsession (citrus ricotta pancakes, white chocolate lemon cream), Cheese Magic (twice baked upside down cheese soufflé, leek sauce, blue cheese pear salad), Grown Up Grilled Cheese (truffle-scented brioche, cheddar cheese, roasted tomato soup) Aztec Cheese Enchilada (pepper cheese enchilada, guava lime sauce, avocado, shaved fennel and mache salad), and other delicious offerings. (929 F St NW; 202.347.4265; cocosala.com)

DC Harvest Brunch — DC Harvest is now open for a refreshingly unusual brunch of local products, from food to beer, wine, and other libations. The seasonal brunch will include apps like local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette; fruit and nut granola with local sheep’s milk yogurt and honey; and Jared’s Breakfast, a healthy combo of steel cut oatmeal with flax, walnuts, banana, and skim milk. Organic scramble selections include everything from spicy lamb sausage to Chesapeake blue crab. Prices range from $7 to $16. (517 H St NE; 202.629.3296; dc-harvest.com)

Hangover Brunch – Almost every brunch is a hangover brunch, but Dino’s Grotto has it down to a science with a little hair of the dog Grotto Bar style. Instant Breakfast is Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, an egg, Worcestershire sauce, simple syrup, Thai Sriracha, blackstrap bitters, and lemon juice—eye opening whether you’re hurting from the night before or completely sober. Then choose brunch cocktails or tap beer and a main or two starters, all for $25. Standouts include the Italian Nutella and mascarpone stuffed French toast. (1914 9 St NW; 202.686.2966; dinoinshaw.com)

Et Voila! RAMMY Sidekicks — In celebration of his two RAMMY nominations, Executive Chef Claudio Pirollo of Et Voila! has added three new additions to his brunch menu, each with complimentary “sidekicks.” Additions include Eggs Benedict with salmon and Stella Artois beer; buckwheat crepe with ham béchamel, sunny side up eggs, and an Et Voila! cocktail; and, Mikado crepes with vanilla ice cream and a cappuccino. Priced from $8 to $14.50, the new offerings are served alongside Et Voila’s complete brunch menu and extensive list of Belgian beers. (5120 MacArthur Boulevard NW; 202.237.2300; etvoiladc.com)

The Grille Impresses with New Duck Press — Pressed duck has joined the Alexandria brunch scene! A traditional French duck press is the centerpiece of The Grille at Morrison House’s new brunch menu. During the brunch, roasted duck breast remnants are placed in the press, which squeezes additional juices from the duck and, once flambéed, provides an especially flavorful sauce. The brunch also includes a table of seasonal beignets, fruit, breads, and jams, personal egg orders, and a series of brunch stations featuring pressed duck, crepes, and petit fours. Enjoy brunch for $38 per person from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M. on Sundays, and partake in a bottomless Bellini bar for an additional $14. (116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA; 703.838.8000; thegrillealexandria.com)

*NEW* Il Forno Announces Brunch — Executive Chef Jason Mayle delivers an innovative, contemporary, Italian‐inspired brunch menu, offering tantalizing new twists on fresh, locally sourced foods. From artistic antipasti and entrees to perfectly delicious, pizzas and panini, the new brunch features twists on traditional brunch favorites, like biabatta French toast made dredged in a Grand Marnier batter, rolled with toasted granola, and fried until crispy served with warm maple syrup and berry whipped cream; or, a truffle chicken bowl with  a ‘truffle‐icious’ sunny‐side up egg, avocado, tomatoes, toasted farro and quinoa, and goat cheese. (900 N Glebe Rd, Arlington VA 22203; 703.807.2050; myilforno.com)

Even More Spanish Brunch Creations — Nosh on a reimagined Jaleo brunch menu. Tempting new items include Spanish toast with caramelized bananas and rum whipped cream; smoked salmon on slices of crispy ethereal bread with hardboiled egg, goat cheese, and capers; and, a grilled hanger steak with fried egg, potatoes, and Valdeon cheese sauce. Round out brunch with Spanish churros plus frothy hot chocolate for dipping—all for $8 to $22. (480 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC; 202.628.7949 // 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.913.0003 // 2250 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA; 703.413.8181 // jaleo.com)

Lupo Verde Launches Brunch — Lupo Verde is the latest 14 St hang out to launch brunch, this time with Italian flair. Chef de Cuisine Domenico Apollaro’s a la carte menu will showcase authentic, rustic, Italian fare featuring a variety of antipasti, breakfast pizzas, house-made pastas, egg dishes, and crepes.  For the perfect pairing, Lupo Verde’s Beverage Director Francesco Amodeo has created five morning libations that are sure to delight any palate. Dishes include Uova in Camici (poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, shallots, and grilled bread), Tagliata di Manzo con Uova a Piacere (grilled sirloin steak and two eggs any style), and many more delicious offerings. (1401 T St NW; 202.827.4726; lupoverdedc.com)

*NEW* More Brunch at Mio — Choose from four distinct Puerto Rican brunch sections at Mio, where you’ll select from To Share, Specials, Weekly Egg Specials, and  Sweet Breakfast. Standouts include Carne Frita con Mofongo (crisp fried pork belly, mofongo balls, roasted tomatoes, and garlic aioli), Rican Rolls (chicken, pork, Holland cheese egg rolls), Carne Mechada (braised chunky sofrito stuffed pot roast), Arroz Con Calamares (squid rice, tostones). (1110 Vermont Ave NW; 202.955.0075; miorestaurant.com)

Live La Vida Loca with New Latin Brunch Offerings — Maple pulled pork and chipotle honey chicken are on the menu at Paladar Latin Kitchen, putting the excitement back in brunch with Latin American-inspired brunch food and three bottomless mimosa flavors. The new, seasonal Paladar brunch menu includes signature dishes like scrambled eggs and chorizo tacos and maple pulled pork and fried eggs. Choose from three delicious bottomless mimosas blended with orange juice, strawberries, or peach and basil. (11333 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD;301.816.1100; paladarlatinkitchen.com)

Jazzing Up Brunch — Pump it up with a new live jazz brunch at Rialto, starting December 21. Local musicians will play live jazz music during a specialty Italian brunch, including the Georgetown (poached eggs, fried polenta, asparagus), the Pazza (homemade sausage, scrambled eggs, mozzarella, and cherry tomato pizza) and the Rialto omelet (shrimp, tomato, marscarpone). (2915 M St NW; 202.337.1571/1572; RialtoDC.com)

Vegans Rejoice! Muse Expands Its Vegan Brunch — Vegetarians and vegans looking for an inventive answer to the age old question—where can I find a decent, meat-free brunch in DC?—should look no further than Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The popular dining establishment now offers both traditional and vegan brunches every Sunday from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M., with a wide selection of inspired vegan fare, from sweet pea paella with grilled ramps to potato and cheddar croquettes. (Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW; toddgraysmuse.com)

NoPA Kitchen + Bar Launches Sunday Brunch — Executive Chef Greg McCarty’s new brunch menu has just recently launched at NoPa Kitchen + Bar. Dishes worthy of your morning indulging include appetizers such as grapefruit and tangerine brûlée with cinnamon mascarpone  or the rutabaga soup with crab, yuzu, endive.  Definitely order a bread basket filled with freshly baked spiced plum coffee cake, roasted corn muffin, and brioche mousseline for the table.  Egg lovers, dig into McCarty’s take on the Eggs Benedict  with Canadian bacon or Smoked Salmon or the Skillet Bacon and Eggs with tomato, horseradish and gruyere.  NoPa Kitchen+Bar’s Pastry Chef, Jemil Gadea provides plenty of sweet endings like the Maple Pecan Sticky Buns with Malaga ice cream and Crepes Normandes.  (800 F Street NW; 202.347.4667)

A Very Southern Brunch — Occidental Grill and Seafood takes on Southern classics with its new brunch menu, serving up the South with drinks like the Pretty Women (strawberry-macerated Blue Ride vodka, lemon verbena, cava) and dishes such as slow-poached farm egg with braised beef short rib. Other highlights include Mascarpone whipped polenta with braised kale, Southern-style biscuits and gravy, a low country-inspired shrimp and grits, Occidental signature crab cake sandwich, and a croissant BLT with sliced avocado, garlic aioli, and American cheese. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a D.C. brunch without bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas, available on the outdoor patio. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475; occidentaldc.com)

Ovvio Osteria’s Italian Brunch –Virginia ‘burb-dwellers, the new Merrifield location now has an Italian brunch hideaway where classic dishes with an Italian twist are now being served. Beginning Sundays from 10:30 to 2:30, Ovvio Osteria offers late morning feasting.  Chef/Partner Chris Watson serves a savory menu of items that incorporate seasonal Italian flavors such as pork milanese benedict served on a house made biscuit with sausage gravy, grilled Portuguese octopus panzanella with cucumber, tomato and balsamic drizzle, and steak and eggs accompanied by a potato cake.  Brunch also offers staple menu items like prosciutto, mozzarella and arugula panino as well as the full pizza menus.  To accompany your brunch, Wine Director Timothy Clune has concocted morning time refreshments using only Italian wines including a classic peach bellini and white and red sangria loaded with market fresh fruit. Dine inside or outside on the spacious, pet-friendly patio that overlooks Halstead Square. (2727 Merrilee Dr  Merrifield VA; 703.573.2161)

Osteria Morini Rolls Out Brunch — Enjoy a brand new brunch service at Osteria Morini, with a menu of classic brunch dishes infused with Italian flavors, such as ricotta pancakes with whipped mascarpone and maple syrup, frittata with mortadella and pecorino, and steak & eggs with prime skirt steak. For those who veer towards lunch offerings, Osteria will serve a variety of housemade pastas, crostini and meatballs, and the restaurant’s generous cheese and charcuterie boards. For sweet start to the weekend, sample a selection of breakfast pastries including house made cinnamon raisin Danishes and spiced pepper muffins. The brunch cocktail menu will feature modern interpretations of classic drinks, such as the Bloody Romagnolo, made with grappa and rosemary and garnished with mortadella-stuffed olives, as well as a DIY Mimosa. (301 Water St SE; 202.484.0660; osteriamorini.com)

Revamped Brunch at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace — Chef de Cuisine James Huff and Pastry Chef Carri-Anne Hamer have revamped Pearl Dive’s brunch menu, adding sweet potato Andouille hash with poached eggs and grillades and grits with braised pork cheeks to its menu. Sweet new highlights include sticky cinnamon rolls with caramel bacon sauce and French toast with cinnamon nutmeg custard. Standby favorites like the CEBLT Po-Boy and the Dive Burger remain. (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; pearldivedc.com)

Ping Pong Dim Sum Party Brunch — The Ping Pong Party Brunch is back! The party continues with two bottomless drink options: a bottomless tableside beer-mosa bar for $15, including a pitcher of beer, lemonade, and three exotic juices for self-made cocktails, and a bottomless tableside mimosa bar for $15, complete with papaya, pomegranate, and watermelon juices and champagne. Ping Pong now offers unlimited dim sum options for $36 per person, along with an a la carte option for $26 per person for five dishes. (900 7 St NW; 202.506.3740; pingpongdimsum.us)

A Pintastic Brunch — A lavish brunch meets bocce and bowling at newly-opened Pinstripes in Georgetown. The weekly brunch, priced at $20 and served buffet-style, features specialties such as made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, a salad bar, and desserts. Guests can launch into Sunday funday with a $5 create-your-own Bloody Mary bar or a $3 mimosa before or after a game of bowling or bocce. (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.6500; pinstripes.com)

Piola’s “No Limit” Pizza Brunch –  Columbia Heights pizzeria Piola, which specializes in Italian-style thin-crust pizza, now serves it’s  “No Limit” Pizza Brunch. In addition to unlimited wood-fired pies, brunch-goers can also opt to add bottomless sparkling drinks and sangria.  Brunch offerings at the 14th Street restaurant currently include over 10 pies that range from classic Italian combinations like the Capricciosa (tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, artichoke and mushrooms) to international varieties such as the Breakfast in Beirut (“zaatar” and olive oil, served with “labneh,” olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mint) and plays on traditional brunch fare like the Cancun (tomato sauce, mozzarella, onions, smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers). Those looking for something stronger than coffee can sip on a unlimited supply of sangria and other sparkling drinks. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy unlimited pizza for $15.95 ($7.95 for kids) and add bottomless sangria and sparkling drinks for an additional $15.  (2208 14th Street Northwest; 202.986.8729; piola.it)

Second State Brunch Service — Newly opened, PA-themed, farm-to-table restaurant Second State has debuted brunch in the district.  Exclusively on Sundays, Second State encourages diners to wear their Sunday best, offering complimentary Veuve Clicquot or Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whisky to those in dresses and jackets. The restaurant offers handcrafted cocktails like the Franklin’s Milk Punch (brandy, apple cider reduction, milk, lemon, nutmeg) alongside standout brunch items like scotched egg (boiled in wrapped in breakfast sausage, breaded and fried, served on a bed of frisee); duck hash (duck leg confit with potatoes, onions, bell pepper, and two poached eggs); blueberry ricotta pancakes; Quiche Lorraine (crisp bacon, caramelized onions, gruyere); and many delicious others. (1831 M St NW; 202.466.3010; secondstatedc.com)

Table Adds Brunch to Repertoire –  Frederik De Pue’s Shaw restaurant has just launched a revamped Sunday brunch service. A five course degustation menu will offer diners a taste of the neighborhood eatery’s full range of French-inspired fare, including servings of house made yogurt, smoked salmon crepes and skirt steak roulade. The $35 fixed-price meal is offered with bottomless mimosas for $48. (903 N St NW; 202.588.5200; tabledc.com)

Republic Brunch — Cure your ailments with a charred tomato Bloody Mary at Republic’s new weekend brunch service. The unusual Bloody Mary (and its various iterations—including options to add Old Bay or tequila!) is created using wood-grilled tomatoes, house-made arbol, guajillo pepper chili paste, fresh lime and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and house-made celery salt (phew!) Food highlights include monkey bread, beignets, homemade buttermilk biscuit with scrambled eggs and cheddar, brioche French toast, and slow-braised pork belly. (6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 301.270.3001; republictakoma.com)

A New Brunch in Town — Newcomer Toro Toro has launched brunch service, including a tantalizing selection of hot and cold savory plates and desserts, plus Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats carved and ready for indulging. There is also a cornucopia of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar. The $39 brunch begins with a choice of Pan-Latin small plates that showcase South and Central American cuisine, including seasonal salads, meats, raw bar, and assorted breads and cheeses, showcased as a lavish buffet.  Next up, diners will enjoy Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” with choices that include picanha steak, chorizo sausage, achiote chicken, or Chef’s Daily Selection. (1300 I St NW; richardsandoval.com/torotorodc)