Ian Martorana

Richard Sandoval Restaurants

El Centro | Masa 14

El Centro and Masa 14 have similar atmospheres, and even better, similar pre-fixe deals. They all have all-you-can-eat + bottomless brunches, which are some of the better and more inclusive brunch deals you will find in all of DC. The brunches are the best value here, as the quality of the dinners at these restaurants vary more than the brunches. 

Masa 14's Latin/Asian fusion cuisine plus some really tasty bottomless brunch beverages make for quite the brunch experience. The Lychee Bellini is a lighter cocktail, and the Masa Mimosa, made with blood orange juice and mango puree, is great. The Hijiki salad, with carrot, jicama, peanut dressing, and napa cabbage is a tasty way to start the meal. The chilaquiles and chorizo hash were both fantastic, but don't miss out on the smoked bacon and pork belly sandwiches. At dinner, definitely try the Korean fried chicken. 

El Centro's isn't a fusion place; it's more traditional Mexican food. The food is quality, but the real standout are the spiked seasonal agua frescas. The last time I was there, I stuck with the watermelon flavored agua frescas, and it was absolutely lovely. On a warm day, you will be hard pressed to find a boozier, more relaxing and refreshing brunch in DC.

Both Masa 14 and El Centro are tapas style, so bring some friends, be ready to share, and be ready to be very, very full.