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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 12/19/2007

Bites for a New Year

By Erin

Should more effort go into a greeting or a farewell? It seems that most restaurants send the year off in grand style with edible luxuries like lobster, champagne and caviar. New Year's Day, however, is a different matter. Many restaurants are closed for a well-deserved break, but should we really welcome 2008 with cold cereal? Here are some restaurants that will help you start the year off with crepes, mimosas and whatever else you crave.

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Hudson offers a brunch buffet ($50). The spread will involve an omelet station, scrambled eggs, corned beef hash, pancakes, waffles and French toast, oatmeal, fried chicken, biscuits, bacon and all sorts of other sides along with a carving station. Many say that the best way to stall a hangover is with more alcohol, so Hudson offers bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys for an additional $15.

Nage looks to rehydrate diners with a flight of three Gatorade cocktails. Wondering what those could possibly be? Think Electro-Lytesaver, a mix of orange Gatorade, Bacardi Limon and ginger ale. The brunch, offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a skillet of truffled mac and cheese with chorizo and an egg, a prime rib burger and pumpkin pancakes.

BlackSalt will serve from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with its a la carte brunch menu of crawfish and poached eggs, gulf shrimp salad and chocolate-stuffed French toast.

Blue Duck Tavern, my pick for the first brunch of 2007, will again serve a la carte brunch this New Year's Day from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The menu includes pate, a half Maine lobster with drawn butter, Belgian waffles with pecans, scrapple, crabmeat omelets, sausages and crab cakes. The triple-fried fries are especially restorative, as are the artisanal teas.

Clyde's of Gallery Place will be open during its regular hours with a brunch menu with eggs Chesapeake, creme bruleed French toast and a mighty fine burger. This would be a fine bet if you're headed to a movie at Gallery Place or are interested in museums.

Just down the street, Jaleo will open at 11:30 a.m. with fresh-squeezed orange juice, smoked salmon on toast, Spanish omelet and a fried egg with Manchego stew in addition to the usual tapas.

It may be too cold to enjoy the patio at Chef Geoff's, but you can start the new year looking out at it with a mouth full of Texas scramble of chorizo, egg and black beans, shrimp and grits or a Grand Marnier crepe.

Mon Ami Gabi will be open with French-themed brunch and non-brunch fare beginning at 11:30. That means waffles with Nutella, various quiches and crepes, kir royale and a nice strong cafe au lait.

If you are in the mood for crepes, there are few places better than Cafe Bonaparte. The restaurant will be open from noon until 5 p.m. with sweet crepes, savory crepes, French soups and salads and plenty of coffee.

Poste Brasserie will be open beginning at 7 a.m. for breakfast with a croque madame, a giant bowl of oatmeal and eggs Benedict. If you're thinking that a breakfast cocktail wouldn't be such a bad thing, this would be a fine place to start. Those cocktails go quite nicely with the restaurant's truffle frites.

Merkado Kitchen will open at 11 a.m. for brunch. Specialties include a breakfast burrito, huevos with pork and plantain hash and breakfast fajitas. The restaurant offers particularly good bloody Marys.

Whitlow's on Wilson will serve brunch beginning at 9 a.m. Expect omelets, crab legs, pasta and carving along with enough bloody Marys to kick the new year off right.


By Erin  | December 19, 2007; 1:26 PM ET
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Crab legs? Awesome!

Do you know of anyplace with all-you-can-eat crabs this time of year? (Looking for something a little tastier than frozen king crab... Maybe some good MD blues or dungees?

Posted by: Whitlows? | December 20, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Come to Ceviche Glover Park and try the new Hangover Bubble Brunch, all champagne drinks are $4 from 11-5.

Posted by: Ceviche Glover Park | December 20, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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