11 Restaurants That Do Brunch Right

This midday meal is all about indulgence. Go for it.

Bananas Foster French toast at Cowboy Café. Photo by Tyler Darden.

5. Cowboy Café

4792 Lee Highway, Arlington | 703-243-8010 | thecowboycafe.com

Best known as a neighborhood dive bar, Cowboy Café has a surprisingly robust brunch menu. Sizable portions make it a good place to go if you want to recover from a hard night or bring home leftovers that actually taste good when you reheat them. The breakfast burrito is a glorious mess of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, Andouille sausage, grilled onions, poblano peppers and potatoes wrapped in a tortilla and served with sour cream, salsa and home fries. Bananas Foster French toast is drizzled with just the right amount of caramel and topped with a scattering of sliced bananas and walnuts. In this congenial spot, the chatter of toddlers and the rattle of silverware sound cozy rather than annoying.