It’s no secret that DC is getting more expensive, and eating out can really put a dent in your wallet. But let’s face it, life without brunch just isn’t complete. Fortunately, these five hotspots dish out some bang for your buck, offering brunch options for under $10. The lines might be ridiculous, but the grub is well worth the wait.

Ted’s Bulletin

Two Locations: 1818 14th St NW, (202) 265-8337 and 505 8th St SE, Capitol Hill, (202) 544-8337

Gotta love a restaurant that serves breakfast anytime, but Ted’s is particularly well known for their epic brunch. The all-American menu includes Chicken ‘N Biscuits, the Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito, and a Cinnamon Roll As Big As Ya Head. Quite possibly the coolest part is that you can substitute toast for a homemade pop-tart with fun flavors like strawberry frosting, maple brown sugar, nutella/chocolate, and peanut butter/bacon (which seems to be the house favorite). Helpful hint: The lines are insane, so your best bet is to sit at the bar.

What to try: Jon’s Omelet with a peanut butter and bacon pop-tart

m01229m01229 via Flickr, Ted's Bulletin

The Highlands

4706 14th St NW, (202) 829-6200

These guys serve no-frills comfort food. It’s greasy, hearty, and most importantly delicious! Offering a fusion of American and Latin food (yes, the name is a little deceiving), Highlands is a bargain considering the quality of the cuisine. The staff is always smiling, which is another big draw. While it’s true that the wait is brutal on weekends, it’s so cheap that your patience will be handsomely rewarded.

What to try: Juanita’s shrimp and grits or the classic chicken and waffles

oTerinee B. via Yelp, Highlands

Rustik Tavern

84 T St NW, Bloomingdale, (202) 290-2936 

This neighborhood favorite is a charming blend of Mediterranean and Italian fare. Rustik is known for amazing fritatas with a variety of fillings. They also offer $10 bottomless mimosas if you’re feeling thirsty. If orange juice isn’t your jam, there are several other tasty cocktails including the Bloody Mary, Michelada, Hibiscus Royale, Baileys Coffee, and Cafe Don Juan (dark rum, Kahlua, coffee, and whipped cream in a sugar rimmed cup).

What to try: Chorizo hash with oregano, Anaheim peppers, caramelized onions, and two eggs

1911952_702621729758885_105581328_oRustik Tavern via Facebook

Red Derby

3718 14th St NW, (202) 291-5000

Dive bars and brunch aren’t normally associated, but Red Derby is a fun exception. Not only is it hip and lively, but the food is also fantastic. The bartenders are so friendly and accommodating, plus the service is super speedy. Their brunch menu is pretty extensive and dirt cheap. They’re not reinventing the wheel, but everything is tasty, especially the smoked salmon on a toasted bagel.

What to try: Derby Breakfast Bowl with potatoes, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato & onion for $8

3324246344_286b9d48ab_bEmily via Flickr, Red Derby

Tortilla Cafe

210 7th St SE, Capitol Hill, (202) 547-5700

This vibrant hole-in-the-wall is one of the best places in town for authentic Latin cuisine. The lines are out the door on weekends, but the food is so affordable that you’ll forget all about the wait. They keep it simple with straight forward Mexican and Central American recipes that will leave your taste buds dancing. Most of the dishes include sweet plantains, tortillas, and refried beans. The humble approach is most notable in the styrofoam and paper plates.

What to try: Breakfast Burrito for only $3.65!!!

6160778845_36e3c7952b_bEd via Flickr, Tortilla Cafe

Nom, nom, nom…Are you drooling yet?

[Featured Image: Ted’s Bulletin via Facebook]


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