Best Bets for Brunch Buffets:
People have different opinions on brunch. For some, it's a weekend social gathering, before returning to the hustle and bustle of a busy work week and competing responsibilities vying for your time. For others, it's the only reason to drag your butt out of bed and fight off your hangover, as you hash over the hazy details of the previous night.
And still for others, it's the time to stuff your face and make as many return trips to the buffet as possible, to ensure you'll still be full as the next week rolls in. This list is for that last group of people, looking for the best places to buffet. Gluttony may be a sin, but when it tastes this good and lasts for hours, it's time to get to sinning.
No brunch list would be complete without mentioning Perry's. Their drag queen brunch is something you have to experience at least once. If the drag show can't keep you captivated (which is hard to believe), the array of food isn't too shabby either, especially for just $22.95. Perry's doesn't take reservations, and it may be hard to get in if you don't show up early. Get there before they open at 10 a.m., or you can expect to wait over an hour at times for a table. You can always entertain yourself with the mimosas at the bar and the queens on the stage.
1811 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.
Don your Sunday best before heading over to the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace. The restaurant favors class and high-quality ingredients over quantity, although that isn't lacking either. At $36.95 per head, the buffet isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for, which is a huge buffet spread and panoramic skyline views. Sip your drink sparingly, as the price only includes one glass of champagne or mimosa.
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Their Sunday breakfast table is the definition of a steal. For just $17, they serve up delicious muffins, homemade coffee cake, and mouth-watering meat selections. Children dine for $7.
3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Bombay Club is a departure from your normal eggs and waffles brunch fare. For just $20 a person, you get to sample from seven different Indian entrees (each featuring a different meat or veggie), fresh fruit, and Indian dessert. For just $5 more you can enjoy free flowing champagne as well. Brunch lasts from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
815 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Beacon Bar and Grill:
The unlimited bloody marys and mimosas at this hotel restaurant give its weekend buffet an edge over the higher-priced and admittedly higher-quality brunches at other hotels. Although they may not be made with the priciest alcohol, the servers keep the drinks flowing. The waffle and omelette stations are some of the other highlights, along with their fresh dessert display. $27.95, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
If you're not quite ready to face civilization, or your shower, you can always schlep over to one of the bars you partied too hard at the night before. While the brunch may not be the best thing you've ever tasted, they won't judge you for looking like you've seen better days. Chances are, so have they. Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.), Madhatter (1831 M St. NW, Washington, D.C.) and Whitlows on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA) all offer decently priced brunches on weekends, where you can add on unlimited champagne or mimosas for only a few dollars more. If you're lucky, the place will still be pretty dark, so you can stop blaming the bright lights for your headache.