It is a beautiful day in DC.  The sun is shining and it is going to hit the high 70’s. Tomorrow is supposed to be sketchy, but it is going to be sunny and warm for Mother’s Day. Yeah, Sunday is Mother’s Day. You have two more days to get a card and book brunch. I will have a list of great places at the end of this post.

Visit an Embassy

All of the European Embassies are having an open house on Saturday from 10am-4pm. It is an easy way to visit a country without leaving the comfort of DC.

For more information click here.

Take Your Mother Out For Brunch

It is Mother’s Day, treat her right!


This is a great place for brunch.  Located in the Hotel Palomar in the heart of Dupont.  Plus, it has a build your own bellini bar.  All you can drink for $11.  The food is good too.  I am a fan of the Steak and Eggs.

For Reservations Call 202.956.6650 – 2121 P Street, NW Washington DC 20037

Tabard Inn

Are you looking for a classy place to take Mom. Well here is the place you should go. Located downtown DC, it is historic, has great food, and oh yeah, it’s classy.

For Reservations Call 202.331.8528 – 1739 N Street NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Pienza Italian Market

One of my new favorites is the brunch at the Pienza Italian Market at the Gaylord National hotel at the National Harbor. The buffet is like one in vegas. It appears to be a quarter mile long. They offer everything from fresh baked pastries to custom omlets to a dessert bar with fresh custard. It is definately a place to go.

For Reservations call (301) 965-2000 – 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745.

Harry’s Tap Room

Sometimes brunch needs a little social lubrication. Harry’s has one of the finest bloody mary’s around. If you need a little liquid courage, this is the place to get a reservation. Have a couple bloodies and you will be perfectly set up. Plus, the food is good too.

For Reservations Call 703.778.7788 – 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Hanks Oyster Bar

Hanks Oyster Bar offers fresh oysters and some of the best cocktails around. Nothing beats a good bloody mary in the morning. Especially at Sunday Brunch. I would recommend the fried oysters and the lobster bisque. The DC restaurant is located off the red line at dupont circle. The Alexandria restaurant is located just 4 blocks down King St. from the Blue or Yellow lines.

For Reservations call 1624 Q Street NW, Washington DC 20009, 202-462-HANK (4265) | 1026 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, 703-739-HANK (4265).

Crystal City Sports Pub

Crystal City Sports Bar is located on 23rd street, Restaurant Row, of Crystal City. Just off the blue or yellow line. I know what you are thinking, a sports bar? But, the buffet that they set up on sundays is quite amazing. They offer fresh fruit every southern specialty that you can think of, and freshly made right in front of you Eggs Benedict. You can not beat the buffet for the price, just 12.99.

For reservations call 703-521-8215 – 529 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202.

Irelands Four Courts

Located on Wilson Blvd. in the heart of the Court House Neighborhood on the orange line. They offer an extensive buffet, including hand carved meats, along with a nice breakfast menu. Plus, they offer Guiness. It is a must if you are on the orange line this sunday.

For reservations call 703-525-3600 -2051 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201.


Acadiana offers a great brunch prix-fixe menu. Just $32 and includes 3 courses and either a bloody mary or a blood orange mimosa. I am a sucker for either of those cocktails. Centrally located between the blue, orange or red lines near mount vernon square.

For reservations call 202.408.8848 – 901 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20001

Get your Tickets

The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor® – June 12-13, a world-class event, will celebrate distinctive cuisine, fine wine, beer and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the latest culinary and varietal trends.

The festival is located at the extraordinary National Harbor on the Potomac River, the largest multi-use project on the East Coast. A location that is minutes away from Washington, D.C. and a water taxi ride away from historic Alexandria, Virginia. Many world regions will be represented, providing a wide assortment of styles, but all festival participants share one philosophy — a personal dedication to their artistry and a loyalty to local, fresh, in-season, and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Buy your tickets now and save.

Check out last years festival here.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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