21 Places to Do Brunch in Arlington
So. Many. Options. Go ahead—order that Bloody Mary.
Weekends are better with brunch, and you can find a spread to suit just about any taste or budget in this town. To help you narrow your options, here are some choice destinations for midday eating and drinking, with dishes ranging from heirloom grits to duck hash, and the requisite hangover cures to pair with them.
Gather with a big group on the dog-friendly patio or in the rustic-casual dining room and call it a party. This restaurant’s contribution to over-the-top Bloody Mary trend—the Bloody Stein—comes embellished with bacon-wrapped shrimp, a fried chicken strip and meat-and-cheese skewer. Other hearty brunch favorites include Nutella pancakes, chicken and waffles, and a full tots menu with toppings like beer cheese, bratwurst and steak. // 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington (Courthouse)
Cozy up with a tiny skillet full of warm cinnamon rolls and an iced Morning Moonshine—a caffeinated cocktail made with Belle Isle cold-brew-coffee moonshine, sweetened condensed milk and housemade cold brew. The Clarendon restaurant, which serves brunch both inside and (weather permitting) on its sidewalk patio, is also known for its savory options such as a schnitzel sandwich with kimchi; smoked salmon Benedict; and fried chicken nestled between two waffles on a bed of sausage gravy. // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon)
Detour, owned by the team behind Darna lounge, offers a weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Virginia Square. Highlights include a Norwegian breakfast sandwich with smoked salmon, dill, cucumber and a poached egg on a croissant from Fresh Baguette bakery; or the Chivito al Plato which features a trio of meats—ham, pancetta and steak—as well as mozzarella, eggs, greens and fries. You can also order $15 bottomless mimosas—try the blood orange option. Java here is from Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville, Maryland. // 946 N. Jackson St., Arlington (Virginia Square)