Weekend Planner

Where to Brunch: The Grille at Morrison House

By Rina Rapuano  |  December 6, 2013
Credit: Scott Suchman

Spending a Sunday morning wandering around Old Town is about as charming as holiday shopping gets. But even the most dedicated shoppers need a brunch break - and a good excuse to duck out of the cold. We suggest a leisurely meal at the opulent Grille at Morrison House, where the food is plentiful and the dining room mirrors that Colonial feel of the neighborhood.

Several new brunch features were introduced in October, including a crepe station, a tower of petit fours and an ornate French duck press that squeezes the prized juices from a roast duck for use in a rich sauce. We can vouch for the fact that the sauce really is a beautiful accompaniment to the perfectly roasted Rohan duck carved at the buffet.

Of the buckwheat crêpes, we particularly enjoyed one filled with Benton’s country ham and Comté cheese, as well as one stuffed with smoked Scottish salmon with dill crème fraîche. Also included with the $38 per person buffet price are seasonal beignets (which are more actually more like a donut hole) that come to the table piping hot, and eggs any style that can be ordered from the server.

Dishes like pancakes and an excellent corned-beef hash can be ordered à la carte from the breakfast menu, and $14 bottomless bellinis come in flavors like peach, passion fruit and pear.

The brunch buffet is served Sundays from 10 AM-2 PM (703-838-8000).