Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where to Brunch: Jazz Brunches in D.C.

Want to feel peppy and great about life on this drizzly, gray day? Take a listen to this in your government-issue cubicle:

Something about that jazz, the harmonious blending of the trumpet, trombone, bass and clarinet really puts that bounce back in your step, doesn't it? Perhaps that's why jazz music is such an entertainment trend for the boozy brunches the District's hungover masses schlep themselves to each Sunday morning (OK, early afternoon).

And more than that, in addition to cheering you up the day after an alcohol downward spiral, D.C.'s jazz brunches seem to also offer some of the best brunch deals.

Here are a few jazz brunches you can check out this weekend:

Acadiana, 901 New York Ave. NW

Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., this New Orleans-style restaurant features live jazz bands and a $29 three-course brunch menu with $2 blood orange mimosas or Cajun Marys. The service is impeccable, and while I've had hit-or-miss options during dinner at Acadiana, the brunch has been pretty spot on.

Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee (above) and Southern Shrimp & Grits

Acadiana also serves complimentary butter biscuits with this jalapeno cream cheese spread that is just TO DIE FOR. Sooooo good.

Beacon Bar & Grill, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW

A Beacon omelet
The price for the jazz brunch at this restaurant in the Beacon Hotel in Dupont Circle has slowly crept upwards over the last few years, but it's still a good deal: For $34.95 a person, you get access to a buffet with unlimited champagne, mimosas and bloody Marys. Not gonna lie: I got tanked with my grandparents here a few years back. Or, alongside my grandparents, rather; they're teetotalers.

Georgia Brown's, 950 15th St. NW

This is the most expensive option on the list at $40.95 per person and drinks NOT included, but there's a reason for that: You get access to a savory buffet, a sweet buffet AND they load you up with an entire entree. Most people end up taking that part home for dinner -- it's just too much in one sitting.

Brunch buffet offerings
Georgia Brown's has one of the best live jazz bands, too.

M Street Bar and Grill, 2033 M St. NW

M Street Bar and Grill has been a recent discovery for me, but I'm pretty impressed at the deal: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can get unlimited mimosas, bellinis and champagne and a three-course brunch for $26.95 a person. The BF and I tried it out this weekend, and we were impressed/satiated.

Cinnamon-raisin French toast
The one thing I will say as a negative was that the jazz music was a woman with an electric keyboard playing elevator-music-style renditions of songs like "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," which was ridiculously cheesy, but whatever -- we stuffed ourselves and got tipsy regardless.

That's it! Hopefully this entry has made you think feel like this:

In brunch we trust,

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