Chef Eric McKamey's doughnuts with wild boar (on top) at Curious Grape.
Nestled in the Village at Shirlington in Arlington, this cozy eatery offers up exciting twists on traditional brunch fare. Grab a table for two on the patio and enjoy their Sparkling Sunday Brunch, available from 10:30 am-2:30 pm, with a selection of sparkling wines by the bottle, half bottle, or glass. If Bloody Marys are more to your taste, try any of the three signature variations like the Ciao Bella Maria, made with Pinot Grigio, balsamic vinegar, roasted pepper, and basil. Must-try dishes? Doughnuts with wild boar, Austrian pancake soufflé, and the pan-roasted shrimp. 2900 S. Quincy St., Arlington, 703-671-8700
Newly-installed executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley and sister-in-arms, pastry chef Alison Reed, are now serving brunch on Sundays, starting at 11:30 am. Expect to see items such as “the Codester,” a medley of chicken fried pork belly, sausage gravy, fried egg, and a biscuit; or smoked hash comprised of house-made pastrami, potatoes, onions, and sunny-side-up eggs. Round out your savory meal with something sweet and order the skillet cinnamon rolls. 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-244-7995
Offering a farm-to-table-inspired menu isn’t about being on-trend for chef Andrew Markert. It’s also about going back to the historic roots of Beuchert’s Saloon. After returning to the original Eastern Market location earlier this year, Markert is cooking up fresh dishes with ingredients sourced from partner Brendan McMahon’s family-owned East Oak Farms in Poolesville, MD. With a rotating, seasonally-inspired menu, expect to see dishes like oxtail gravy, lemon biscuits and poached eggs, or brioche French toast with strawberries, whipped buttermilk, and Pennsylvania maple syrup. What’s even better? The $9 bottomless mimosas with Prosecco and fresh-squeezed juice. 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-733-1384