We know it, we love it, we eat it. Bottomless Brunch is to DC’ers as water is to fish. We don’t just love it, we need it. But, there are some unspoken rules and ‘hacks’ that can makes this wondrous occasion even better. With a little help from the Real Housewives, I’m going to take you through my favorite tips of bottomless brunching.
- Don’t stress about getting your money’s worth. Bottomless brunch prices, while usually a steal in the end, can be a little steeper than what you’d pay for a normal breakfast. When I first started going bottomless, I’d focus so much on the number of mimosas or Bellinis I would have to pound to make the brunch be ‘worth it.’ This is not a good thing. First of all, at bottomless brunches you’re likely going to be sitting for 2-3 hours so you have plenty of time to drink the 3 or 4 drinks that make it worth it. Second of all, if you go too hard too fast you’ll find yourself not wanting to enjoy the food. Which, let’s be real, is half the reason you’re at brunch in the first place.
- Make a reservation if possible!! This has been a god-send to me and my fellow brunchers. While some places in D.C., like Bar Charley, don’t take reservations for parties less than six plenty of places do take reservations. If possible, call ahead. This will avoid you waiting and wasting the brunch-time (usually 10-3).
- Go a little before 12. As already mentioned, reservations are great but can’t always be made. If this is the case, I’d suggest heading to brunch around 11:30 or 11:45…just a bit before 12. I’ve found that 12-1 is peak brunch time and when most people arrive. Getting there a little earlier may just help you snag the last table at a popular place.
- Don’t invite too many people. I know brunch is a haven for friends who want an excuse for drinking before 5pm on the weekend (I mean, who doesn’t want that excuse). But, inviting more than 6 people can get messy. Some walk-in only places will try to split you up, someone will inevitably be late, and splitting the bill might become a bigger mountain to climb than Mount Everest considering there is ALWAYS that bozo who orders off the brunch menu. I’ve found 3-5 people is the sweet spot for boozy brunch.
- You can get bottomless drinks AND FOOD. Remember that, in D.C., there are truly bottomless brunches whose prices include both food and booze. The ticket price is, inevitably, a bit higher but it is oh-so-worth it if you have an afternoon. Cava Mezze, Agora, Boqueria, and El Centro all come to mind.
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