Whether you're a Mount Pleasant native, new to the area, or you're considering making this beautiful neighborhood of Washington, DC, your home, this gorgeous corner of our nation's capital has something for everyone. Located just ten minutes from the Columbia Heights Metro subway station, Mount Pleasant manages to maintain its small-town charm while flaunting a funky, hip vibe entirely its own. Aside from its stunning row houses and historic architecture, the area boasts its own library and a thriving main street filled with vintage storefronts, shops, and restaurants. And speaking of restaurants, the diverse eateries, bars, and cafés are some of the District's finest! Here are but a few of the best places to grab a tasty brunch in this enchanting community.
With savory, Southeast Asian ingredients and to-die-for aromas, who can resist Thai food? Beau Thai offers a full brunch menu, which includes Thai donuts, sausage, chicken entrées, and omelets. Their Hangover Special is a sure cure with two fried eggs and "life-changing" sweet sausage! If you're looking for something on the light side, try their green mango entrée salad. Green mangos and carrots combine with the flavors of peanuts, coconut flakes, shallots, and red chilies for an irresistible culinary experience. Or how about steak and eggs, Thai style? Served with sweet and spicy sauce and bean sprouts, it'll make your taste buds do cartwheels. Beau Thai also offers vegan and gluten-free options. Before you go, be sure to grab a delicious, creme-topped Thai iced coffee or tea.
If Filipino-American fusion is more up your alley, give Purple Patch a try. Their brunch menu features an extensive selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as those containing both. Try some classic fried beef or pork spring rolls. Their buttermilk waffles with ice cream are a divine late-morning treat. Or savor red snapper and smoked bacon bagels. They also provide an ample array of appetizers, gluten-free and vegan options, to-share dishes, and decadent desserts. If you've never tried their bread pudding with purple yam ice cream, you should. Oh, how you should! Especially since it's sprinkled with granola and caramel. You'll find a meal perfect for every appetite. It's no wonder that in 2020, Purple Patch was voted one of the 25 best Filipino restaurants in the United States by Big 7 Travel. They've also been featured in Rachael Ray's magazine as a notable, female-owned restaurant in Washington, DC.
To satisfy your craving, Taqueria Habanero delivers such brunch-worthy choices as Chorizo (Mexican sausage) tacos and mushroom and spinach quesadillas. With over 1,100 reviews on Google, their fantastic selection of South-of-the-Border sustenance includes every kind of taco you could dream of, such as salmon, mushroom, beef tongue, shrimp, and grilled octopus. Or, mix things up with a fajita stuffed with beef, shrimp, and chicken served with assorted grilled vegetables. Perhaps you'd enjoy a Mexican sausage and cheese sandwich or lightly breaded chicken. Whatever your preference, don't forget that Taqueria Habanero also serves an incredible non-alcoholic Sangria — the perfect way to get your 11:30 a.m. fix! You can also order online through Toast Tab if you'd like to enjoy a quiet brunch at home. Food is ready for pick up within 10 to 15 minutes!
Attention Italian lovers: you've probably never had Italian like this! The folks at Little Coco's restaurant pride themselves on being a pleasantly different twist on an old classic. Offering "bottomless brunch" on Saturday and Sunday, their cozy atmosphere and new rooftop bar entitled "Coco Beach" are sure to please. For something new in the pasta sphere, try some goat cheese ravioli or crab risotto. Are you tired of the same boring pizza choices? Then you've come to the right place! On Little Coco's menu, you'll find options like Mediterranean, green goddess, and The Godfather. The Godfather is a red pie, which simply means it's covered in crushed Italian tomatoes (think "big flavor"). Laden with soppressata (dry salami), mushrooms, caramelized onions, ricotta, and basil, not even The Godfather himself could refuse this succulent pizza pie. Add a cup of cappuccino, and you'll be set to enjoy the rest of your day exploring Mount Pleasant.
Pronounced "Ell-ee," this classy restaurant has won numerous awards, including being named the "number one best new restaurant" in 2018 by Tom Sietsema in the Washington Post's Spring Dining Guide. Ellē is also a bakery, café, and bar, and in addition to serving great meals, they even bake all their bread, pastries, and cakes themselves — and they brew a mean cup of coffee too. Try a gourmet cheese and charcuterie plate, a handmade pizza, or a veggie burger (100% vegan). Maybe you're pining for a unique sandwich? If so, you can choose your favorite bread from their bakery. You haven't lived until you've tried their country sourdough! Ellē also has a grocery store, where you can do a little shopping for your household staple food and buy some pretty snazzy meal kits. You can even grab a cool tote or T-shirt from their merchandise shop.
Flip It LJ Diner
This neat little café is smartly decorated, and you're sure to "flip" for their oh-so-yummy offerings of American and Mexican food. Popular dishes at Flip It LJ Diner include burrata toast, Spanish breakfast, and their generous chorizo burrito. It's a massive meal of tortilla-wrapped tastiness. Served with arugula, pesto, tomatoes, and a poached egg, these exciting flavors go well with a side of plantains or home fries and bacon. If you want a simpler brunch, try their crab cake sandwich (yes, that's really a thing!). They make all the crab cakes in-house and serve this seafood gem on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce and a side order of French fries. Or if you're going for standard breakfast fare, they also have some amazing pancakes with fried plantains, veggie-packed omelets, and avocado toast that will make your morning complete.
Whatever type of brunch your stomach is growling for, you're sure to find it in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. If you happen to take a stroll to neighboring Alexandria, VA, then check out this restaurant guide for the best places to eat there! And from your new luxury apartment home at The Vintage at 3146 16th Street NW, you'll be within easy reach of your local favorites. Contact us at 833-880-1145 to begin experiencing everything this delightful area has to offer!