People spend a lot of energy making sure they say farewell to the year that was with a rambunctious New Year’s Eve party, but it seems to me that it’s even more important that you welcome the new year with an exceptional brunch. Here are a few options good enough to get you out of bed on Jan. 1.
• The Black Squirrel opens at 11:30, serving a special “Let’s Get Lucky” menu of black eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread, pork tenderloin and udon soup. (All of those foods are luck-bringing in one way or another.) And beer.
• Ring in the New Year with tacos at District Taco, opening at 11 on Tuesday.
• At Nage , which reopened with new head chef Miles Vaden earlier this month, 2013 is beginning with a hangover brunch featuring Gatorade cocktails and the restaurant-favorite Kill It Skillet — a plate full of pomme frites, truffled mac and cheese, chorizo, parmesan cream and a fried egg.
• David Guas is starting the year with classics at Bayou Bakery . Plates of 18-hour black-eyed peas, eight-hour braised collard greens and sweet cornbread go for $12.
• In Alexandria, Jackson 20 is following up its Roaring ’20s-themed New Year’s Eve party with what it’s calling the “Walk of Shame” brunch. Wear your outfit from the night before and get 13 percent taken off your check.
• Perry’s continues its tradition of hosting a mid-week edition of its famous drag brunch. As in years past, New Year’s Day brunchers receive a free cocktail.
• Haven’t made it to Trademark , the new cocktail and comfort food-focused Alexandria restaurant? January is a good time to try new things. Executive chef Matthew Miller’s pork-heavy special menu features bacon candy quiche and pork belly pancakes. The fixed price New Year's Day menu is $32 per person.
• And speaking of dependable brunches, one of our favorite spots for a morning pick-me up, Bourbon , will be offering brunch all day at both of its locations. Look to dishes like the Kentucky Hot Brown, a turkey melt covered in bacon and gravy, to smother the remains of your hangover.
• Up early? Crystal City Sports Pub is opening its doors at 8 a.m. with a huge buffet — with omelet and carving stations, made-to-order waffles and more ($14.99 for adults, $4.99-$6.99 for kids) — and lots and lots of college football.
• Finally, if you want to keep it simple, head to Belga Cafe , which is open with its much loved classic brunch. Get a waffle.