5 new brunch spots to try around the capital this weekend

New Waffle Specials at Stellina Mt.Vernon Triangle. Photo courtesy of Stellina

Stellina Pizzeria Mount Vernon
508 K Street, Northwest
friends Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Fegnini have opened their newest pizzeria in the historic Waffle Shop building, and they’re honoring a new menu of waffle desserts. Diners can feast on breakfast-style Guilly (pork) pancakes with eggs, sausage, melted cheese, and buttered bourbon; waffles in the form of a sandwich with mortadella and strawberry cheese; And the bobbles tiramisu for dessert. Good news: Specials are available during all dining hours, not just on weekends.

compliments only
2029 P St., NW
The popular department store recently moved to a new home in Dupont Circle. While no lunch sandwiches, per se, we’ll argue that a 10-inch sub laden with meatball sauce and vodka or cold Italian chops makes for strong weekend vibes—especially if you purchase the picnic kit ($15) that comes with a blanket Reusable cups, wet naps, and a plate of Frisbee to enjoy at Dupont Circle or Rock Creek Park.

Toast in your own sun at Ciel Social Club. Photo: Jean Chavez

Ciel social club
601 K Street, Northwest
One of the newer rooftop lounges in the US capital recently popped up a Sunday brunch high with live music and a brunch buffet. Patrons can swing between an omelette bar, a carving station, and “grazing boards” laden with cheese, charcuterie, quiches, and more ($55 per person). There’s also a choice of endless mimosa with Campo Viejo Cava ($35 per person) or Veuve Clicquot ($75 per person). Sunday brunch is served only from noon to 4 pm.

Han Palace Woodley Park
2649 Connecticut Ave., NW
After opening two huge suburban lounges – Rockville’s China Garden and Han Palace in Tysons – restaurateur Chris Chu made her D.C. debut. The 70-seat Cantonese restaurant specializes in made-to-order dim sum dishes such as soup dumplings, steamed prawn rolls, pork buns, green onion dumplings and chow funn noodles. There is also a small outdoor dim sum patio.

Il Beato
900 Black Leaves Matter Plaza, Northwest
Hakan Ilhan’s new Italian restaurant venue near the White House is the latest spot to splash it out—groups can order “DIY sprinkler kits” that come with a bottle of Prosecco, bottles of aperol and soda, and fresh citrus. The extensive menu includes pasta dishes and parmigianas, along with brunch items such as French toast tiramisu, prosciutto Benedicts, and Italian-style shakshoka.

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Anna Spiegel covers the eating and drinking scene in her hometown of the capital. Prior to joining Washington in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in New York, holding various culinary and writing positions in New York City and in St. John’s, US Virgin Islands.

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