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The Best Brunch in Town

Updated: Jul 7, 2023



You're enjoying a Sunday morning. The air is crisp and clean as the world begins its day. Pale, sleepy sunlight hints that perhaps the sun herself is not quite ready to climb out of bed. But your stomach rumbles, and you find yourself yearning for something warm and filling to start this day of rest.


But not something out of a wrapper. You want something exceptional, something delicious, something you can savor over a cup of coffee — or maybe a mimosa. With all the restaurants around, where can you go? Read on to discover the three best brunch spots in all of Occoquan.



THE SPOT ON MILL STREET

The Spot on Mill Street was voted the best coffeehouse in Northern Virginia for three years running. But they excel at so much more than just a cup o’ joe. Here you’ll find a toothsome assortment of dishes that capture the homey flavors you’re craving. Their breakfast platters come heaped with pearl sugar waffles, bacon, fruit, muffins, quiche, and so much more.

Or, if you are more in the mood for tapas, enjoy one of their shareable options, like baked brie and crackers or their spinach and artichoke dip.


Of course, sometimes you want the satisfying simplicity of a sandwich. Maybe you're looking for an egg sandwich with cheese and bacon inside a flaky butter croissant. Or you need a toasted sourdough holding together layers of ham, turkey, and blended gruyere and gouda, The Spot has you covered.



THE SECRET GARDEN CAFE

The Secret Garden Cafe has something to delight every taste bud. Traditionalists will find classics like perfectly cooked hanger steak with scrambled eggs or a pan-fried Monte Cristo that pairs savory ham, turkey, and gouda with the sweetness of powdered sugar and raspberry preserves.


But if your palate craves more excitement, you'll find mouth-watering dishes like shakshouka. This Mediterranean stew features poached eggs, red peppers, ripe tomatoes, zucchini, and rice. Just the thing to fill you up without weighing you down.


But, sometimes, your sweet tooth reigns supreme. When that happens, try the Vermont. This decadent variation of french toast is made with challah bread, cinnamon, sweet vanilla cream cheese, candied pecans, and pure Vermont maple syrup.



GRIND N CREPE

Grind N Crepe does two things exceptionally well. They make a great cup of coffee, and their crepe game is on point. No matter your mood, they have a crepe to satisfy your palate. Their breakfast crepes are the perfect way to start your morning off right. And their sweet crepes can't be beaten when it's time to treat yourself on a Sunday morning.


But if you're in a heartier mood, their savory crepe options will make your day. The Grandmother, for example, includes bourbon beef, roasted red peppers, and gouda, all wrapped in a perfectly cooked crepe. It's enough to make your mouth water.


And don't be fooled by the name. Grind N Crepe offers more than just crepes and coffee. Their hot paninis, breakfast sliders, and acai bowls are every bit as delectable as their namesake items.


So don’t sleep on brunch in Occoquan. It’s the perfect way to start your Sunday morning.


These are just a few of the places you can grab breakfast or brunch in Occoquan, Virginia. We also recommend:

  • Ballywhack Shack (304 Mill St)

  • Bann Thai (416 Mill St)

  • Bar-J Chili Parlor (125 Mill St)

  • Bottle Stop Wine Bar (311 Mill St)

  • Cock & Bowl (302 Poplar Alley)

  • D’Rocco’s Grille (301 Mill St)

  • Grind N Crepe (301 Commerce St)

  • Madigan’s Waterfront (201 Mill St)

  • The Secret Garden Cafe (404 Mill St)

  • The Spot on Mill (406 Mill St)

  • Zorba’s Grill (201B Union St)


See a full list of Occoquan restaurants and eateries HERE.


By Robert Currer

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