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Posted at 3:09 PM ET, 11/15/2007

News to Digest

By Erin

This week, News to Digest turns to brunch. Brunch is one of my most favorite meals. I love that one simple word stands for all non-dinner eating between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends. On the (very rare and nearly nonexistent) weekends that start early with a 10-mile run, brunch is there for you with an egg white omelet and lean protein. If you fall into bed as the sun is rising after pounding car bombs with your friends and fuzzy nipples with the bachelorette party down the bar, brunch is there for you at 3 in the afternoon with greasy burgers and fries. Needless to say, I am very excited about some new brunching opportunities around town.

While I'm on the topic of brunch, I'll also point to a popular all-hours spot celebrating its birthday with free food tonight.

Brunch Rules
Brasserie Beck recently launched Sunday brunch service from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The restaurant will serve the full a la carte menu of Belgian goods like choucroute, moules frites, quiche, rabbit loin and skate wing. On top of that, brunch specials will include scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, poached eggs on brioche with ham, gruyere and spinach omelet and, of course, Belgian waffles.

The Scott Circle location of Rehoboth's popular Nage offers a spanking new brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Start off strong with unlimited mimosas or bloody marys for $12. There are three types of each, including the Gurus' favorite bacon bloody, champagne with macerated blackberries and a bloody with guajillo peppers. When it comes to food, you'll find French toast with chocolate ganache, bruleed banana and bacon, tons of egg dishes, pumpkin ricotta pancakes with cranberry butter and bacon and chicken and truffled dumplings. My top pick would be the "Kill It Skillet" which has the best of every meal: truffled mac and cheese with bacon and chorizo on house French fries topped with sunny-side-up egg.

The Colonnade at the Fairmont is legendary for its lavish brunches, but it's earning new praise from chocolate fiends for a special monthly Chocolate Lover's Brunch. On the fourth Sunday of each month -- that means the Sunday after Thanksgiving -- the restaurant creates a whole spread of chocolate-themed brunch treats. These offerings range from the expected -- white chocolate pancakes, banana chocolate French toast and milk chocolate waffles -- to items like a dark chocolate cherry bread and butter pudding and rack of lamb with light chocolate pan jus. There is also a huge dessert buffet (clearly, chocolate pancakes fall into the non-dessert category). The sound of a trickling fountain is never better than when it's chocolate cascading down. The Colonnade has assorted fruit and cookies for getting your Augustus Gloop on. Brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., for $65 and includes all-you-can-drink Taittinger and orange juice. If you bring along the kiddies, those under 12 years eat for $30 and those under 5 years eat for free.

I've already written about the brunch at Matchbox, but it's worth mentioning again. The restaurant's wood-fired brick ovens become breakfast machines, churning out cast iron skillet dishes like a chorizo and manchego egg tortilla, steak and eggs and salmon and eggs. There's also a breakfast pizza and a fruit salad with granola. The brunch is offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Birthday Treats
Woodley Park's ever-popular Open City celebrates its second birthday today. Anybody dining at the restaurant will have the choice of a free cup of coffee, glass of celebratory bubbly or a slice of chocolate birthday cake.

Leaving Soon
Tom Sietsema announced yesterday that Asia Nora will close next month to make way for a new eco-minded hotel. It is one of the few free-standing restaurants in Foggy Bottom. Pretty soon, office-building-lobby-dining will be all that's left for us.


By Erin  | November 15, 2007; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  
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