Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DC's Ultimate Power Brunch

Springtime in my native Washington, DC, is gorgeous and a perfect excuse for a weekend getaway to the nation's capital. Plus, world-class museums are free, downtown is walkable and iconic photo ops are everywhere.

While there, it's worth splurging on one of DC's most sophisticated Sunday brunches in the Lafayette Room at the Hay-Adams hotel.

Just steps from the White House (and briefly home to President Obama in the weeks before taking office), this historic landmark oozes power and elegance. And serves an equally refined Sunday brunch buffet.

On three special occasion during the year - Easter, Mother's Day and Christmas Day - brunch takes place on the recently renovated hotel rooftop. The views are breathtaking and some of the best anywhere in DC, so plan ahead and bring a camera.

Expect to be seduced by a luxurious selection of sweet and savory dishes. Chef Peter Schaffrath's signature cranberry focaccia French toast is not to be missed. Coated in crispy corn flakes, it is one guilty pleasure. So is the eggs Benedict. Seafood dishes abound with the likes of seasoned crab cakes, lobster and fennel salad, shrimp tempura and snow crab claws. Carnivores will feast on classic beef and lamb roasts, thick cut bacon and Virginia pork sausage.

Of course, save room for dessert. Much of it is petitely portioned, so sample away. The pistachio creme brulee was a beautiful twist on a classic. The chocolate mousse martini was as fun to eat as it was to look at. Follow it all with a long afternoon stroll along the National Mall.

16th + H Streets, NW
Sunday brunch 11:30 am - 2 pm
$65 per person
dining reservations 202 638 2570


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