Best of Falls Church

Best of Falls Church: Best Brunch

For years, the City of Falls Church restaurant location at the intersection of Routes 29 and 7 seemed snake-bit. Since the construction of the new all brick retail-office building at the location in the mid-1980s, a succession of restaurant efforts came and went.

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IRELAND’s FOUR P’s SUNDAY BRUNCH buffet, complete with omelet station, is a Falls Church favorite. (Photo: Vicki Coe, News-Press)

Winner: Ireland’s Four Provinces – 105 W. Broad St., Falls Church

For years, the City of Falls Church restaurant location at the intersection of Routes 29 and 7 seemed snake-bit. Since the construction of the new all brick retail-office building at the location in the mid-1980s, a succession of restaurant efforts came and went.

Until the Ireland’s Four Provinces took up the site, when owner Christy Hughes, who’d opened a successful version by the same name on upper Connecticut Avenue in D.C., saw the inherent opportunity there, three previous efforts had come and gone in less than a decade.

But since 1991, the current Ireland’s Four Provinces has become a regional institution, now under the ownership of Colm Dillon, who bought the enterprise in 2004. Colm is also in charge of operations, including the preparation of the daily menus that include specials in fish, meat, sandwich, soup and summer plate varieties.

The restaurant has always had a central role in the City’s New Year’s Eve Watch Night celebrations, and is bursting at the seams every St. Patrick’s Day.

But perhaps best known of all to the area’s community is the reasonably priced “4Ps” Sunday Brunch, ethnic favorites Shepherd’s Pie, rice and bread pudding, scones and a wide variety of breads, fresh salads, traditional breakfast offerings, including Eggs Benedict and corn beef hash, highlighted by a made-to-order omelet station where large slices of juicy beef are also carved.

 


More F.C. Brunch Favorites: Dogwood Tavern, Original Pancake House, Natalia’s