During MLK weekend, my college roommates trekked to Washington, DC from Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania for a day of nostalgia, tourist attractions, and of course, brunch. A couple of my roommates are history buffs so I decided that the best place to take them to geek out was the National Archives to see The Constitution. But first, I had to fuel the group up with a Washingtonian brunch.
I set out to find an inexpensive brunch near the National Archives that could accommodate our group of 10. During a search around Chinatown, I found Penn Commons. They offer a 3 course brunch for $19 with a bottomless mimosa or bloody Mary option for $32. Perfect. Most bottomless brunches in the city hover around $40 so this was a deal. I made two reservations online – one for 6 people and one for 4 people. They did not have a reservation for 10 but were able to seat us together once we arrived. If sitting together with your large group is important, I would suggest calling ahead.
The 3 course brunch comes with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. The menu features a good mix of traditional and non traditional brunch options. Crowd favorites from the appetizer menu included savory BBQ Chicken Spring Rolls and Country Fried Pork Ribs and well as sweet French Toast Bites. The main dish menu features lots of brunch classics – favorites among the group included the Eggs Benedict and Shrimp and Grits. However, the Cast Iron Skillet Huevos Rancheros especially stole my heart. It is packed with flavor without being too heavy. Dessert options include a variety of ice cream and cake. We particularly enjoyed the Nutella filled donuts which ooze chocolate when you bite it to them. By the end of the meal, we realized we had spent over three hours boozy brunching and catching up. The staff was attentive the whole time by filling our drinks regularly but never made us feel rushed.
Penn Commons is a great, inexpensive brunch option on Saturday or Sunday but be sure to also check it out for dinner or happy hour!
Brunch, dinner, happy hour
700 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Chinatown (red, green, yellow) or Metro Center (red, orange, blue, silver)