This past weekend we took a trip down to Washington D.C. to visit with one of our good friends who was in the area for work. We were only going to be in town for a quick 24 hours, and as this was our friend’s first trip to DC, we knew it needed to be filled with all the essentials: the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonians, etc. But it wouldn’t be a trip to DC without stopping Georgetown for brunch and shopping.
Since I was outnumbered 3:1 on the guy to girl ratio, the shopping was limited to window shopping as we walked down M Street, but luckily they obliged and allowed me to pick out a brunch spot for Sunday morning.
I was surprised how difficult it was to research brunch spots in DC! On one hand, it was overwhelming all the options, and on the other, it felt like the vibe I was going for was hard to find. DC spots seemed to be either too fancy or too casual. I wanted something in between. It didn’t help my Google search consisted solely of “best Croque Madam in Washington DC…”
Finally, I stumbled upon Kafe Leopold. It was a little intimidating to browse the menu online since it’s all in German…but after reading the descriptions I knew we’d be able to find some things we want (specifically that Croque Madam and a good champagne cocktail).
The cafe itself sits on a cute alley backing up to M Street, with outdoor seating that thankfully had heaters set up! We decided with the baby we should sit outside (it just makes things easier), and it was nice to enjoy the last of the “warm” weather in November.
We ordered beignets, Croque Madams, Belgian sugar waffles, blood orange mimosas & peach rosemary bellinis. The food & drinks were DELICIOUS. I highly recommend the Croque Madam, and the beignets are a perfect appetizer for the table. They’re filled with Dulce de Leche and come out piping hot!!
The location can’t be beat (it’s right next to Georgetown Cupcakes, too if you want to make the pit stop after brunch) and Georgetown definitely is the prettiest part of DC in my opinion!!
*Pro Tip: DC laws mandate you can’t serve alcohol until 10AM (on Sundays only I believe…), and since we arrived around 9:30AM we had to wait for drinks. If you’re looking to brunch, make your plans for after 10AM