Open since 2004, Belga Café claims to be “the original Belgian restaurant in D.C.,” and helmed by a true Bruge-native as chef, it offers a vibe and menu that rivals the old country. Come for dinner and try the wild mushroom waffle with pecorino cream and mushroom sauce. The mussel pots (seven varieties to choose from) are big enough to share and arrive with tasty frites and the traditional mayonnaise side. Brunching in D.C. is a competitive sport, so don’t show up to Belga’s storied weekend brunch without a reservation. You’ll be glad you did, with dishes like a Belgian omelet stuffed with lobster, shrimp, crab, and calamari and topped with a tomato-bisque sauce, and waffles “like you’ve never seen before.” A hearty menu of classic Belgian beers is also available.