Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017: Brunch picks


Here are a few MLK Jr. Day brunch options that will not disappoint:

Aqua 301

The Navy Yard’s Agua 301 is serving brunch today from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bottomless Mimosas, margaritas, sangria, and Bloody Marys are also available. The restaurant’s regular lunch menu is being offered as well.

Agua’s brunch menu features an awesome brunch burger, the Torta Hamburguesa, with grilled ground sirloin and chorizo, tomato, avocado, shredded lettuce, refried beans and chipotle mayo topped with a fried egg. Other standouts are huevos rancheros, huevos divorciados, Tepita-style migas and pumpkin pancakes.

Grilled Oyster Company

The Grilled Oyster Company’s Potomac and D.C. locations is serving brunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas are available for $12, and 3 kinds of oyster shooters (a restaurant specialty) are available for $6.50 each.

Guests can select from Grilled Oyster Company’s a la carte brunch menu, which spotlights American seafood fare like smoked salmon crostini with cream cheese, red onion, and watercress; shrimp and grits with Gulf shrimp, Anson Mills grits, sautéed peppers, and bacon; and a Maine lobster hash with poached eggs and Hollandaise.

City Tap House

In Penn Quarter, City Tap House is offering brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., It is also hosting a mini tap takeover with SweetWater Brewing Company from Atlanta, GA (birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr). There is also the option of bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or beermosas for $18.

Popular brunch dishes include lemon ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas and blueberries, smoked salmon hash with poached eggs, shaved fennel, and Hollandaise, and their Big Chick breakfast sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, a fried egg, and sausage gravy stuffed between a buttermilk biscuit.


On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the city’s first Balkan restaurant, offers a fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ambar’s guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails. One might wish to start with some of Ambar’s most popular dishes including Balkan Salad, with tomato, peppers, cucumber, onions and aged cheese; the Egg BLT, and the Almond & Walnut Crusted Fried Chicken Sandwich with spring mix and apple-wasabi mayo.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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