Washington, D.C. has no shortage of amazing brunch spots, but Pisco y Nazca has quickly risen to the top of the city’s bustling brunch scene. The Miami-based Peruvian-inspired gastrobar opened its doors in the District a year ago adding some much needed international flair to our brunch options.
I first visited the restaurant for brunch shortly after it opened, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It’s become one of my favorite DC restaurants for weekend brunch. Here are all the reasons why I love it so much and why I know you will too.
THE CHOLO BENEDICTO
Why have a basic benedict when you can have a Cholo Benedicto, Pisco y Nazca’s delightful Latin twist on an American brunch staple? In this creative spin on Eggs Benedict, Pisco y Nazca replaces the traditional English muffin base with plantain cakes. Poached eggs drenched in queso fresco and rocoto hollandaise sit on top two sweet plantain cakes. The dish is topped off with diced red onions, tomatoes, and crispy pork belly for a savory finish. It’s a sweet yet savory, creamy and delicious concoction: a combination you didn’t know would work so well, but won’t be able to get enough of. Indeed a “sweet” surprise!
THE BEST SANGRÍAS IN DC
If there’s one thing that keeps me returning to Pisco y Nazca, it’s definitely the Sangría Brava! Not all sangrías are created equally, and Pisco y Nazca makes that clear. Made with a happy dose of Old Forester 100 Bourbon, these sangrías are in a class of their own. They are without a doubt the best I’ve had in DC.
At $9 a glass (notably cheaper than the average brunch drink here in DC), you’ll also love the price for the generous serving size. You may as well just go ahead and opt for the bottomless drink deal for $18! You won’t regret it!
THE FRENCH TOAST
The French toast at Pisco y Nazca is the sweetest little treat. It’s one of the best items on their brunch menu and one you don’t want to skip out on. It’s yet another unconventional take on a classic brunch dish (something that Pisco y Nazca does quite well). It’s made of soft and thick Brioche bread that’s coated with Rice Krispies adding a slight crunchy texture to the dish. It’s served with a fruit salad and a dulce de leche sauce on the side that you’ll want to smother all over the top.
THE PRIX FIXE OFFERING
Let’s face it… for most of us, brunch is a full on marathon; we are eating all the things! Luckily, Pisco y Nazca offers a three-course $30 per person option for brunch in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
The prix fixe option is quite diverse and has something for everyone. Included in the prix fixe menu are some of my favorite dishes like the Cholo Benedicto and French Toast mentioned above, as well as the Pulled Pork Tostones and Causa de Pancita.
The three-course offering presents the perfect opportunity to sample various dishes at an affordable cost.
Pisco y Nazca serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00a.m. to 3:45p.m. You can find their brunch menu here.
Until Next Time,
Love, Peace, and Mimosas