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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010

New Year's Eve FAQ: Where to go for brunch

By Justin Rude and Fritz Hahn

You ended 2010 with a bang. Now you need the perfect way to start 2011: Brunch. Whether you're looking for fine dining, a hangover remedy, bloody mary specials or a place to watch bowl games, we've got ideas for you.

Addie's is offering a special January 1st brunch menu that includes hot smoked ruby trout, a fried oyster po' boy, biscuits and gravy and shrimp & stone ground grits.

Special menu items like Hoppin Johns and Happy New Year Greens are special additions to the usual hearty lunch and dinner options on the menu at Evening Star Cafe from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on New Year's Day.

Masa 14 isn't doing anything particularly special for the first morning of the new year. Of course, that may be because their usual Saturday morning fixed price brunch that includes all you can eat small plates and bottomless brunch cocktails is already pretty special.

Kyle Bailey is used to creating menus designed to interact with Greg Engert's carefully selected beer lists, so it's a sure bet that he also knows how to create a menu designed to ease you out of your morning after aches and pains, which is exactly the aim of Birch and Barley's special New Years Day Hangover brunch. (If you need some hair of the dog, ChurchKey is opening at noon, and will have college football on its flatscreen TVs all day.)

Speaking of the hair of the dog, you can't afford to miss Firefly's brunch special: $1 mimosas, $3 bloody marys and $3 beers from noon to 6 p.m., as long as you order from the restaurant's usual (excellent) brunch menu.

At Cashion's Eat Place, a $30 prix fixe brunch includes a breakfast cocktail, drip coffee, a pastry basket and your choice of an entree, including choices like huckleberry pancakes, pork hash and carolina shrimp with tomatillo chilequiles.

The brunch at Bourbon is one of the best hangover cures in town, thanks to dishes like the Kentucky Hot Brown (a turkey melt covered in bacon and gravy) and biscuits smothered in Southern-style gravy. On New Year's Day, both the Adams Morgan and Glover Park locations open at 11 a.m. Sleeping it off? Don't worry -- brunch will be served all day.

Granville Moore's will be open and offering its usual Saturday brunch, which is actually one of your best bets for starting the year with Belgian beer.

New Year's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for college football fans, and no bar welcomes more alumni groups than the Crystal City Sports Pub. Before all the bowl games get underway -- and are shown on the bar's 100-plus televisions -- there's brunch. Offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the $13.99 menu ($6.99 for kids 9 to 12, and $4.99 for 4 to 8) features omelet, pancake, waffle and French toast stations, carved meat, fresh fruit, breakfast cereals and s'mores.

The Grape and the Bean is serving brunch from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on on Saturday, and while at first that might not seam like the most obvious location for your first meal of the new year, on reflection a combination winebar and coffee shop actually sounds like a great start.

If you are looking to start the year on a fine dining foot, the Source downtown will be featuring Scott Drewno's inspiring Asian fusion/contemporary American cooking at its regular Saturday brunch. In Northern Virginia, head for Trummers on Main for Stefan Trummer's elegant and creative brunch menu. (Duck Confit & Oyster Hash anyone?)

Don't feel like dressing up? Or more accurately, do you feel like dressing down? Busboys and Poets is hosting a pajama brunch at all three locations, encouraging their guests to roll out of bed and show up in their PJ's.

Or maybe you want to start the year simply, with a comforting breakfast classic... say, the waffle. You, my friend, are looking for the Belga Cafe, which is open with its regular, and much loved brunch on the first.

By Justin Rude and Fritz Hahn  | December 31, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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I think that when weighing the merits of hangover cures, one must also consider pleasure. A "medicine," which tastes awful is less likely to be taken. My vote goes to the Bloody Mary.


Posted by: gregtooke | January 3, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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