Best Brunch

Duke’s Grocery
1513 17th St. NW, (202) 733-5623
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Brunch should be about indulgence: You’re drinking at 11 a.m., after all! So skip those unsatisfying small plate spots and the endless iterations of eggs Benedict. Duke’s Grocery understands that a hangover deserves a plate as big as your face. The brunchie burger is so monstrous that it’s physically impossible to eat it and not have grease cover your nose, chin, and lap. The epic beef patties are topped with gouda, dill pickles, grilled onions, garlic mayo, greens, and sweet chili sauce with optional extras like a runny egg, applewood bacon, avocado, and chicken liver pate. Equally generous is the proper English brekkie with thick slabs of toast buried under a slathering of baked beans, two over-easy eggs, and bacon plus multiple types of sausage, braised mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes on the side. If you still don’t feel like you’re living it up, order the bottomless bloody marys for only $15.