Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Sweet or savory, mimosas or bellinis…the choices are endless! Check out our team’s roundup of the best brunch options in Old Town Alexandria.
5 Cameron Street
Start your meal with Blackwall Hitch’s signature shareable appetizer, the Flaming Crab Dip ($17). Enjoy made-to-order three-egg omelets ($15 – $18; Western, crab, and veggie varieties area available). Craving something sweet? Try the cinnamon French toast ($14) with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries. Blackwall Hitch also offers a brunch menu for the kids. Brunch is available on weekends from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The best part? The sweeping views of the Potomac from the expansive patio!
Virtue Feed & Grain
106 South Union Street
Virtue’s brunch is available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on weekends on its fantastic patio or inside its cozy, yet expansive, space. Its brunch entrees include Breakfast Taquitos ($13), Chicken Fried Steak ($16), or Brioche French Toast ($12). Complement your brunch with Virtue’s Bloody Mary ($12), made with Spirit of the Blue Ridge Vodka, house-made alta cucina tomato mix, and fresh horseradish. Delish!
Ada’s on the River
3 Pioneer Mill Way
New to Old Town, Ada’s offers stunning panoramic views of the Potomac River for its brunch dinners. Its brunch menu offers specialties like a Maine Lobster Omelet ($29) and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($15). Enjoy your meal with Ada’s signature brunch cocktail Bubbles on the River ($11), with La Marca prosecco, strawberry-infused New Amsterdam vodka, and hibiscus syrup. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
King & Rye
480 King Street
Boasting “Southern Plates and Proper Whiskey,” diners will enjoy a Southern-inspired brunch menu including Shrimp N Grits ($19) and Creamed Chicken n’ Biscuits ($15). Definitely order the cast iron Cinnamon Roll ($10) for your table to share! And of course, be sure to sample from King & Rye’s Extensive bourbon, rye, and American whiskey menu.
203 Strand Street
This perennial Old Town favorite (open since 1967!) serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The highlight? $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys! Chadwick’s brunch specialties include Chicken Francois ($13) with buttermilk fried chicken French toast, cinnamon butter, maple syrup or the Flappy Jack ($16), a Black Angus burger, cheddar, bacon, fried egg served on a buttermilk pancake “bun.” Be sure to save room for Shamrock Pie ($7) – it’s a Chadwick’s “must” with an Oreo crust, mint chocolate chip ice cream, a chocolate drizzle.
1600 King Street
Get a taste of Europe right in the heart of Old Town (inside the Kimpton Hotel). Brabo uses seasonal and local ingredients throughout its French-inspired menu. Brunch is available on weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a signature brunch entree like Moules Frîtes ($22) or the Eggs Norwegian ($17), with smoked salmon and hollandaise. Enjoy Brabo’s fabulous wine list with several great European varieties of reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines.
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 401
Tucked away in an unassuming office building, this hidden gem boasts spectacular river views to enjoy while brunching. Cafe 44 offers a three-course prix fixe brunch for $30 (a la carte options are also available). Choose a starter or brunch cocktail (mimosa, bellini, rose lemonade, or an Old Bay Bloody Mary), an entree (shrimp n’ grits, a New England Lobster Roll, a truffle flatbread, or eggs), and either dessert (such as affogiato and key lime pie) or a cocktail. Cafe 44 serves brunch all weekend long (Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Magnolia’s on King
703 King Street
Magnolia’s on King offers a mouth-watering Southern-inspired all-day brunch menu. Start your brunch with a Magnolia’s Punch, mimosa, mango bellini, or spicy Bloody Mary ($8). Brunch menu highlights include Southern Chicken Benedict ($15) with a poached egg and sausage gravy and Banana Foster French Toast ($14) bananas, candied pecans, and powdered sugar. Um, yes, please! Definitely plan on having a dessert ($7) such as Banana Bread Pudding with Rum Butter or a Strawberry Blueberry Shortcake with Chantilly Cream.
801 King Street
Hen Quarter is now offering a unique bottomless, family-style brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The brunch, which highlights HQ’s famous chicken, is served family-style, with diners choosing up to three plates for the table (there is a separate kids brunch menu). Entree options include crispy fried chicken breast with buttermilk biscuits, black pepper-cream gravy, or Warren’s chicken and corn cheddar waffles, served with bourbon maple syrup. The best deal is the Endless Mimosa in classic, watermelon, peach, or strawberry ($15 with 25 cent refills). HQ’s bottomless brunch costs $28.95 per person (just $12.95 kids ten and under). For more local bottomless brunches, check out this post.
1600 Duke Street
Laporta’s has been bringing the best local jazz to Old Town since the early 90s! On Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., brunch dinners will enjoy Jazz Piano with Antonio James. Laporta’s brunch menu includes small plates, pastas, salads, and brunch entrees such as Steak and Eggs ($24.50), Seafood Crepes ($19.50), and Fresh Virginia Brook Trout ($21.50). Laporta’a boasts an extensive wine list that any wine enthusiast will appreciate.
214 King Street
Enjoy a taste of New Orleans in Old Town with a visit to this longtime Old Town favorite. The Warehouse’s brunch specialties include the Seafood Omelet ($24) with lobster, crab, and crawfish and topped with a tasso ham hollandaise, and the Nola Brunch ($19) of French donuts, scrambled eggs, bacon, and home fries. Or order a brunch entree, such Eggs St. Charles ($15.95) or New Orleans French Toast ($11.95), which comes with a choice of Strawberries & Champagne or Strawberries & Double Cream. The Warehouse offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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