Foodie Files | Uncle Julio’s

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise reviews Uncle Julio's Brunch in Arlington VA

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If I’ve learned one thing in my 3+ years of living in D.C., it’s that brunch is an absolute must. There are *literally* hundreds of restaurants still on my list to check out, and new spots are popping up left and right. It’s a tad bit overwhelming brunching in this area since there is so much to try here!

As much as I’m a city girl, I have to go out to the suburbs a lot. I went to high school in the D.C. ‘burbs, I still have a lot of friends who live out there, there are tons of blog events, and sometimes I have to take on client meetings. As much as I love a good mom and pop shop, it’s good to have a go-to brunch spot that’s a local chain that you know has solid food and drink.

Enter: Uncle Julio’s. I personally live closest to the Arlington (Ballston) location so it’s only a few metro stops away from me, but there are also locations in Bethesda, Fairfax, Woodbridge, Reston, One Loudoun, Gainesville and Gaithersburg. Seriously, y’all. Pretty much anywhere in the D.C. area, you can get your Uncle Julio’s fix! 

I’ve had dinner at Uncle Julio’s multiple times, but I decided to switch things up over the weekend and try their brunch. For starters, I ordered myself a big ol’ Grand Mariner Mimosa, while my friend ordered a delicious Bloody Mary. They also have amazing margarita options if you’re looking to switch things up.

You have access to the full lunch menu during brunch hours, but we opted for traditional brunch dishes during our visit. We shared the brunch quesadillas, huevos rancheros, and the breakfast tacos. We stayed for a solid 2 hours, but the wait staff let us take our time and catch up, which I loved. Overall, it was a great environment to either bring your family or your girlfriends along for a solid brunch outing!

Thank you to Uncle Julio’s for partnering with me on today’s post!

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  1. Brooke & Meggan wrote:

    Brunch is definitely a must 😉

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  2. Bailey - Here's The Skinny wrote:

    The food looks so good! I need to try this place!

    Here’s The Skinny

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  3. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Ooooh, I never went there for brunch – only lunch between classes!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  4. Anna Cobbs wrote:

    I love Uncle Julios & their queso!!!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  5. shannon wrote:

    Brunch is definitely my favorite meal 🙂 This place looks like a wonderful place to indulge a bit!

    Clothes & Quotes

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  6. Nina wrote:

    Yuuuum! Theres an Uncle Julios by me so I’m going to have to check that out! Also I’m totally loving your hair which I don’t think I’ve told you since you changed it up!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  7. Jess M wrote:

    Being as I’m someone whose vacation travels circle around what great food places they can try I always love restaurant reviews. This place looks delicious. Great photos as well!!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  8. Aiko Cunanan wrote:

    You’re so cute! Also the food in your photos look so yummy!


    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  9. Miriam wrote:

    yummy!!! the food looks so good and i’m loving your jacket! <3

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
  10. Hannah Adkins wrote:

    I really love the sign that they have above the place. So cool! You definitely can’t go wrong with a mimosa 😉

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  11. sandyalamode wrote:

    ok your hair is gorgeous, babe!

    Sandy a la Mode

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  12. First of all, I love your hair color! Second of all, the food looks soo good! I wish I could go there for dinner!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  13. Your hair is amazing!!! What a beauty!

    Jenna from

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  14. Erica wrote:

    A.) Your hair is so gorgeously done, holy smokes. LOVE that purple tint.
    B.) I just need to follow you around for weekend brunches, because your taste is on POINT.

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  15. Kathryn Wesson wrote:

    We love uncle julios! Also, your hair is gorgeous!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  16. rizza smith wrote:

    The food was really looks amazing. I want to go there

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  17. Wow this place sounds delicious! I’ll have to add it to my list next time I’m in DC!

    xo Lacey

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  18. I love a good brunch, and this place looks absolutely delicious! Gimme all the drinks & food!


    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  19. Maggie wrote:

    I could eat brunch all day, everyday!! DC has the best brunch scene and I need to check this out next time I’m there!


    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  20. Anna English wrote:

    OH my gosh, that looks yummy! Now I’m craving Mexican…

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  21. Sara wrote:

    That bacon bloddy mary looks SOOOO good! And I love your bomber jacket!

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  22. Elise wrote:

    obsessed with your hair colour!! Its looks so good on you. Brunch looks delicious!

    Posted 10.29.16 Reply
  23. Jaime wrote:

    This looks so good!!! Bacon + Bloody Mary = HEAVEN!

    Posted 10.30.16 Reply
  24. Mexican food is my absolute favorite! This looks oh-so-delicious!!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    Posted 10.30.16 Reply
  25. 30A Street Style wrote:

    This looks delicious! I love Mexican food… and a Bloody Mary!

    Posted 10.30.16 Reply
  26. Nicholle Brainard wrote:

    I LOVE brunch! I need to add this to my list of places to go in DC!

    Posted 11.2.16 Reply