Where to get your Bloody Mary, Maria brunch on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2020 brunch recovery-style

After serious New Year’s Eve partying, many Washingtonians head for the recovery brunch. To follow tradition, the Bloody Mary is the drink of choice. Keeping that in mind, we took a look at some New Year’s Day brunches around Washington, D.C. that are taking it up a notch and serving the customary recovery drink. Here are four spots serving brunch January 1, 2020.

Buffalo and Bergen: Lox’d & Loaded

At Buffalo & Bergen, proprietor Gina Chersevani will offer her special Lox’d & Loaded Bloody Mary, seeing that it’s National Blood Mary Day. It’s definitely loaded. Atop the Lox’d & Loaded sits a mini Everything Bagel stuffed with Lox, Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion. Both locations of Buffalo and Bergen, including the newly opened Capitol Hill location, will offer the drink, as well as assorted beverages, bagels and house-made “knishes.”

[Related story: Gina Chersevani opens Capitol Hill Buffalo and Bergen]

Buffalo and Bergen, 1309 5th Street Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20002

Capitol Hill Buffalo and Bergen, 240 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20002

Brookland’s Finest

It’s fitting that Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen offers a Bloody Mary Bar on National Bloody Mary Day. It will also offer a variety of spirits and local beer, along with bloody mixes and toppings. Spirits are priced at $5 each, while the Mary (vodka(, Maria (tequila) and Molly (bourbon) can also be had for $5 each serving.

As for the mixes, these options will kick it up a few degrees:

  • Traditional Red (tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco)
  • Tomatillo Green (smoked tomatillos, jalapeño, cilantro, ancho chili powder)
  • Combo – guess can combine two for $2 additional

[Related story: D.C. fires up New Year’s Eve dinner choices]

Brookland’s Finest will also offer traditional embellishments and garnishes: celery, lemon, lime, and smoked olives along with Old Bay, Ancho chili and salt for rims. And those guests looking for uber-customization, can have it. The 12th Street restaurant and bar offers smoked jalapeños, pearl onions, cornichons, and pickled okras for $1 more each, and bacon for $2 added to the price of the drink. Guests can select brunch items from the brunch menu.

Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th Street Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017

El Centro Bottomless Bloody Maria Brunch

Try the Bottomless Brunch at El Centro. The restaurant will serve its “endless” brunch plates and bottomless drinks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The choices are bottomless mimosas, margaritas and Bloody Marias. Its popular bottomless brunch is all you can eat and drink for two hours for $39.

Both the 14th Street and Georgetown locations will serve brunch on New Year’s Day. The bottomless brunch includes some of the eatery’s favorites: Starters, like the Carnitas Quesadilla, Steak Tacos and Carnitas Tacos. Additionally, its Huevos Rancheros and Mexican Benedict are among the choices. Guests can make reservations online. Check out the Bottomless Brunch menu here.

El Centro, 1819 14th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20009

El Centro Georgetown, 1218 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Bayou Bakery serving up the Hoppin’ John

A 9-year tradition is still going strong at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery. On New Year’s Day, the Southern tradition of Hoppin’ John lives on and is priced at $16. The time-honored, superstitious plate offers up Black Eyed Peas served with collard greens, Benton’s Bacon, root beer-glazed ham steak and plentiful G.W. Cornbread. The eatery offers boozy beverages for $5: “heavily spiked” Bayou Bloody Mary and Mississippi Mimosa.

Bayou Bakery, 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

Photo credit: Johann Trasch

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