Not ready to linger at a restaurant? Settle in on your back porch or pile your kitchen table high with your Alexandria brunch favorites. Enjoy everything from deluxe chicken and waffles to gooey lobster mac and cheese to peaches-and-cream crêpes. Don’t forget fresh and fizzy cocktails to go. Here’s how to savor a special brunch at home.

Please wear a face covering when picking up your orderand remember that alcoholic beverages must be consumed at home.

For Southern flavors to fuel your day:

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Hen Quarter: Brunchers who mean business need look no further than a to-go order of Hen Quarter’s chicken and waffles, with the crispy fried bird perched atop a corn and cheddar waffle base and sealed with bourbon maple syrup. Try The Rub on the ground floor for a chicken sandwich with an extra spicy kick to jump-start your day.

Magnolia’s On King: Magnolia’s On King’s Southern immersion fare lets you lean savory with the shrimp and grits, featuring Cajun shrimp, smoked gouda grits and tasso gravy, or go sweet with the banana foster French toast.

Table Talk: This classic Carlyle diner serves up unfussy fare with a touch of Southern flair, such as sausage gravy on biscuits served with home fries on the side.

For seafood specialties:

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Café 44: Old Town’s Café 44 offers take-home brunch bites with a nautical touch, like gooey lobster mac and cheese and a New England lobster roll, with a finale of refreshing key lime pie.

Whiskey & Oyster: Ease into your Saturday or Sunday with a seafood feast from Carlyle’s Whiskey & Oyster, starting on a sweet note with cinnamon sugar beignets and building up to the main event—a “seafood tower” from the raw bar or hearty jumbo lump crab cakes.

For French vibes on your front porch:

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Del Ray Café: Francophile brunchers can savor Del Ray Café’s crôque monsieur, vegetarian quiche and gluten-free options, all made in the peanut-free restaurant. End on a whimsical note with an order of choux-pastry croquettes with chocolate, whipped cream and raspberry dipping sauces.

Fontaine: Old Town’s signature creperie lets you recreate the experience at home, with sweet options like the “Charming Frenchman”—strewn with caramelized apples, French vanilla bean ice cream and Calvados—to savory favorites like the “Alexandrian,” with ham, mushroom and swiss. Little diners will enjoy the “kinder crêpes,” and the whole family will appreciate special bulk orders like a whole quiche to-go or fresh-baked baguette.

Laporta’s: Located between Old Town and Carlyle, Laporta’s has curated a new grab-and-go brunch menu. Diners with a sweet tooth will zone in on the dessert crêpe options and won’t hesitate to add the optional chocolate ganache. Don’t miss the basket of homemade pumpkin bread, fruit breads and biscuits.

For vegan and vegetarian fare:

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Elizabeth’s Counter: You’re guaranteed to be greeted with a smile when you return home with an order of Elizabeth’s Counter’s gluten-full or gluten-free donuts. Or, opt for the plant-based burgers for a protein-packed, yet luxurious, start to your day.

Grateful Kitchen Co.: For a vibrant and rejuvenating boost, try the Old Town North outpost’s matcha latte or vegan chai, paired with a coffee cacao or peanut butter smoothie or made-to-order juice. Swing by after Grateful Kitchen Co. reopens on July 15.

Toastique: Pick up the vegan, trussed-up Avocado Smash toast or try Toastique’s all-vegan selection of smoothies, bowls and juices, including the tropical “Cocolada” bowl built with banana, coconut milk, pineapples, candied ginger and more.

For brunch plus booze to go:

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Chadwicks: This locally-beloved brunch haven on The Strand is packaging their popular bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, hearty brunch tacos and cinnamon butter-topped pancakes to go. Add your choice of the rotating Sunday Special or zingy “Glow Up” cocktails, the latter made with Sauvignon Blanc, Aperol, grapefruit and gin.

Mason Social: Peruse Mason Social’s long list of libations, from the “I Woke Up Like This” bloody Mary to the “Champagnison,” infused with Jameson, then satisfy your appetite with anything from lamb gravy and biscuits to the Lucky Charms-topped French toast.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub: Create a lazy weekend mood with Murphy’s, sipping a bubbly mimosa to-go alongside your choice of an Irish Country Breakfast, eggs benedict, quiche and more.

NRG Provisions: Order NRG Provisions’ “everyday brunch” fixings like chef-made pancake mix or sausage patties ready to sizzle, along with both boozy and non-alcoholic beverage options, such as Buzz Bakeshop’s cold brew, ginger-lemon kombucha and pineapple and passionfruit juice.

Vola’s Dockside Grill: Celebrate summer in your backyard with one of Vola’s signature sips, from the “Dockside Mary” to “Floral Fizz,” along with an order of the chipotle-packed breakfast quesadilla or pork belly al pastor hash.

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Junction Bakery and Bistro: For a simple but scrumptious brunch, grab a selection of pastries from this Del Ray bakery, such as the almond croissant and cheddar chive biscuit, along with your morning java.

Misha’s Coffee: Pick up pre-made lattes and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from the Old Town hub, or keep the beans at home for leisurely at-home brewing.

Swing’s Coffee: Coffee connoisseurs will love prepping the Del Ray roastery’s ethically-sourced, single-origin brews in their own kitchen. Order the beans for pickup or mail order.

Yagút St.: Try the Vietnamese coffee from this new Old Town North spot, paired with fresh-baked muffins and croissants. Feel like breaking the brunch mold? Sample Yagút St.’s house-made boba drinks.

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