Shop til you eat! Marathon holiday shopping on a Sunday morning can lead to a well-deserved brunch bonanza. Scrambling to find a place that serves a yummy dippy egg with a side of toast, a fresh carved piece of ham, shrimp and a decent bloody mary can be a challenge.
What makes a great brunch?
- Fresh seasonal fruit, especially strawberries — with a cool chocolate dipping fountain.
- Made to order eggs and omelets — and a waitress that brings them to your table. I haven’t found a place that performs this duty, but what a great idea! I hate to wait in line with my plate.
- A bloody mary made with hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, veggies and a lemon speared on top with Old Bay seasoning on the rim is the best. Cajun restaurants like Okra’s, in Manassas, Va., advertise a brunch and can’t be beat for their Proud Mary.
- Carving station with turkey, beef, or ham. Especially the end pieces. Sequoia, a DC waterfront restaurant, offers views and meat slicing for your liking.
- A place with atmosphere is preferred. Artie’s in Fairfax, Va is a comfortable place with nautical themes and a warm environment.
- Great staff. A place where everyone will know your name is a diner. Diners usually serve breakfast all day, however, some offer a brunch spread too. Ashton Family Restaurant, Manassas, Va. is a friendly diner with an intimate brunch and homey decor.
A brunch is a nice treat for catching up with family and friends during the Sunday holiday shopping rush.
What is your favorite brunch spot and why?