Redskins ticket holders have it pretty tough. While everyone else can watch the game and instant replays in the comfort of home, and run to the refrigerator during commercials, some 55,045 fans have to brave the elements, cold hot dogs and traffic.
A number of area establishments understand the plight of the season-ticket holder. They know that bumper-to-bumper traffic isn't a fitting way to celebrate a Redskin Sunday and that parking should be free that day. Also understood is that the party spirit can be crushed by the press of humanity on the subway. They want to help, they really do, so they'll feed you, put a beer in your hand and bus you to the game and back. And if, when the bus returns to the restaurant, you'd like to linger over a drink and something more to eat, well, that's more than all right by them. It's all part of the game for the bus-and-brunch bunch.
The Market Inn in Southwest was a pioneer in the field and its approach remains typical. It started offering rides to old Griffith Stadium in 1959 and has since extended the partying into brunch beginning at 10 on home-game days. Prices range from $6.95 for quiche to $9.25 for eggs Benedict made with lobster. After brunch, pay $5 and climb onto the bus one hour before the game.
Many bus-and-brunch offers include beer on the bus. Remember the bus number. Buses are parked together and they all look alike after the game. Also, a speedy return to the bus is important since they leave soon after the game.
Following are some local brunch-and-bus stops. Most buses leave one hour before game time. Some, as noted below, leave 1 1/2 hours before kickoff. Reservations are required at some places, so call first. STOPS AT CLUB & PUBS WASHINGTON BEOWULF SALOON -- 1112 20th Street NW. 296-4111. Ride, $6; includes beer & wine. Brunch at 10; $2.99 to $6.25. MARKET INN -- 200 E Street SW. 554-2100. $5; beer. Brunch, 10:30; $5 to $9. MISTER DAY'S -- 1144 18th Street NW. 296-4448. $20; brunch at 9:30, beer on bus, dinner. PAUL MALL -- 3235 M Street NW. 965-5353. $4; beer. Brunch, 11. Reduced drink prices. POOR ROBERT'S -- 3415 Connecticut Avenue NW. 363-1839. $5; beer. Brunch, 10:30; $5.50. TOUCHDOWN CLUB -- 2000 L Street NW. 223-1542. $6. Brunch, 11; $6.50. VIRGINIA CALVERT RESTAURANT -- 3106 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 549-9575. $5. Bus leaves one hour before game. Breakfast, 8. CLYDE'S-TYSONS -- Across from Tysons Corner Center, 734-1901. $7.50; ice and mixers. Bus leaves 11/2 hours before game. Brunch, 10 to 3; $4.75 to $8.25. FRED'S PLACE -- Jefferson Davis Highway & 15th Street, South Arlington. 920-0772. $8; wine and beer. Brunch, 10. $6.95 to $9.95. RIDDLE'S -- 6212 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. 354-8484. $7. $2 off any entree. Brunch, 10:30. $2 to $6.95. TEDDY'S LOUNGE -- Ramada Inn, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. $10.75, hors d'oeuvres, beer & mixers. Brunch, 10:30 to 2; $9.95. THREE PIGS -- 1394 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. 356-1700. Fast- food. $7. Bus leaves 11/2 hours before game. MARYLAND BILLY JACK'S -- 11906 Indian Head Highway, Fort Washington. 292- 4211. $7; beer. Brunch, 10:30; $4.25. RIORDAN'S -- 3210 Branch Avenue, Silver Hill. 894-3211. $5. SKYLINE -- 6409 Suitland Road, Morningside. 736-2522. $6. Brunch, 9; $3.50 to 9.95. METROBUS DIRECT TO RFK Metrobus offers eight stops for express service to the stadium. You can purchase tickets at the stop for $3.50 each way. The buses start leaving a little more than an hour before game time and the last bus at each stop leaves at exactly one hour before kickoff. WASHINGTON CHEVY CHASE CIRCLE -- Connecticut Avenue & Oliver Street NW. FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS -- Willard Avenue & Wisconsin Avenue NW. VIRGINIA NEW ALEXANDRIA -- Belle View Boulevard & Fort Hunt Road. SHIRLINGTON -- South Randolph & 31st streets. SPRINGFIELD -- Industrial & Backlick roads. TYSONS CORNER CENTER -- Parking lot. WILLSTON SHOPPING CENTER -- Route 50 & Patrick Henry Drive, Seven Corners. MARYLAND LANGLEY PARK -- New Hampshire Avenue & University Boulevard.