• 30Nov

    Dupont Circle’s Agora might be one of my favorite places in DC and a bit underrated. Though on a popular strip of 17th Street, this Turkish restaurant seems to be a bit of a hidden gem.  It’s been a few years since I’ve been to happy hour here, and until recently, the same was true of their brunch. However, I’ve now done brunch at Agora twice within a few months, and remember how much I love it.

    Agora’s brunch is a two-hour bottomless food and drink feast. Make reservations; you definitely need those. The menu is meze heavy, with some breakfast classics thrown in. It’s vegetarian friendly, as well. Service has always been good.

    Drinks are your choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, Champagne, or rail liquor for mixed drinks, which is unusual for brunch, but appreciated. I stick with the Champagne because I don’t see a point in adding juice.

    Your server will start you with fresh, warm pita, but try not to fill up on it, no matter how hungry you are. That would be a rookie mistake. You’ll want to save room for some of my favorites, which, in no particular order, are:

    • Smoked salmon (lox)
    • Hummus
    • Baba ghanouj
    • Goat cheese
    • Feta
    • Grape leaves
    • Kasik (similar to a horiatiki salad)
    • Pide (flatbreads)
    • Baklava French toast

    The hummus and baba ghanouj are creamy and delicious. The cheeses are great, and I appreciate the fresh salad as a respite to the somewhat heavy options. If you love carbs and cheese, Turkish pide is for you, and it ties with the baklava French toast as my favorite offering here. I tend to order the mozzarella and tomato, but the Turkish sausage (sujuk) is also good, as the sausage has a kick of heat. The baklava French toast is sweet, but  not overly so, and super fluffy from the challah.

    The price is very reasonable, and it’s one of the best brunch deals you’ll find in the city. Many of my favorite bottomless brunches have now changed so much that I no longer care for them; I’m glad that Agora has not. Change isn’t always good, and Agora’s brunch offering is fantastic as is, so I hope it doesn’t change too much in the future.


  • 09Feb

    Delicious Chicken & Waffles made with tenders!

    Bread Basket with butter and house-made jelly!

    We sampled City Perch’s updated menu in the fall, and it was delicious, so we were thrilled to recently revisit the restaurant to check out their brunch menu. City Perch is definitely worth the trip to Maryland, praise I usually reserve for recommending (to DC-focused friends) a certain Bethesda BBQ truck, Hardy’s.

    City Perch’s Brunch Box is $19.99 and includes one entree and one drink (coffee, tea, juice,
    soda, house punch, sangria, mimosa, bellini, Moscow mule, or bloody Mary). Add $10 for bottomless drinks.

    We tried Chicken & Waffles, Slow Poached Egg with Short Rib, and the off menu Bread Basket, all three of which were excellent choices.We did not need to order dessert, since the bread basket is more of a pastry basket.

    The Chicken & Waffles is much better than the versions we generally see on brunch menus, included delicious and well-coated fried chicken tenders, and is alone worth the trip to City Perch for brunch. It is listed as a sandwich on their menu, which is incorrect. We preferred the vanilla maple syrup to the spicy bacon maple syrup, but you can certainly request for both syrups and decide for yourself.

    The Slow Poached Egg with Short Rib includes tender and flavorful slow cooked short rib, creamy mascarpone polenta, and wonderfully-executed bacon braised kale. You see, we aren’t anti bacon!

    The Bread Basket is a signature item from the previous menu that is presently an off menu option. As mentioned, it’s more of a pastry basket than a bread basket. It can function as a nice selection whether at the beginning or end of a meal for a group, and contains a butter croissant, chocolate croissant, cornbread soaked in honey butter, orange sage drop biscuit, and seasonal muffin, which in this case was orange cranberry. The pastries are made in house with the exception of the two croissants.

    We also tried the Crispy Latke Fries, which we’d personally prefer as a non French fry version of potato pancakes.

    Maryland (MoCo) diners should be happy to have access to such a wonderful dinner and brunch restaurant. Even DC diners should consider a trip to City Perch, and those are strong words! You may want to plan to see a movie after brunch; the iPic Theater on the same floor is owned by the same company as the restaurant.


  • 08Apr

    What better time than during the DMV’s most famous season – cherry blossoms! – than to celebrate the Best of the District of Columbia? Washington City Paper took over the cavernous DC Armory in Southeast to fete the 2016 winners, announced to the public during the event. WCP is decidedly nonpartisan, making sure everyone gets a voice in the system. Plus, proceeds from the event went to two great charities: Brainfood and World Beats & Life.

    Spraypainting DC pride

    Spraypainting DC pride

    Voting winners were divided between Staff Picks and the Reader Poll. Readers were able to choose faves in standard categories like Best Brewery (Right Proper), Sports Bar (Nellie’s), Movie Theater (E Street), and Lifestyle Blog (Popville), as well as some unique options: Tea Shop (Calabash Tea & Tonic), Local Instagram (Taylor Gourmet), and Place to Take a Tinder Date (McClellan’s Retreat). The Staff Picks are more eclectic: Best Bar and Restaurant for Punk-Rock Parents (Slash Run); Best Old Reliable Gay Bar (Number Nine), Best New (Old) Museum (National Museum of Women in the Arts), and Best Place to Catch a Glimpse of FLOTUS (SoulCycle).

    At a cocktail-attire party, it’s tough to get on a bike, but there was certainly plenty of food and drink to be had to help celebrate. In homage to what has been the opposite of a media darling of late, the DC Metro, each grouping of restaurants was set up around Metro station signs (“let’s go to Ballston!” was probably something said for the very first time by many partygoers).

    Tons of Tunes were enjoyed all evening long

    Tons of tasteful tunes were enjoyed all evening long.

    Mixologists played with lots of whiskeys, coming off winter, but also plenty of gin, hopeful for spring soon. And as would be appropriate, restaurants made efforts to source specifically from DC breweries and distilleries. Highlights included a tropical rum negroni from Don Ciccio & Figli, The Royal’s fruity sling using Catoctin Creek liquor, and a wistful whiskey cocktail by The Gibson called Memories. Waking up the palate was the thoughtful Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen, serving Bloody Marys overstuffed with pickled veggies as well as to mini-bagels topped with caviar and crème fraiche.

    On the main stage, The Dupont Brass Band gave the crowd some serious funk. Later in the evening, Batala Washington broke it down on drums, celebrating Afro-Brazilian culture, playing sensual samba and reggae music on a chilly early-April evening. Other entertainment came in the form of cornhole and life-sized Jenga courtesy of United Social Sports, making sure that the crowd stayed lively and athletic while throwing back craft cocktails and finely plated small bites.

    Dessert came in the form of heavenly doughnuts, cookies, and Harper Macaw’s sea-salt-and-coconut chocolate bark – but also another kind of bark: Wagtime enthralled the crowd with an absolutely adorable doggie playspace. Never has celebrated all the greatest in DC ever been so “ruff.”


  • 27Mar

    The best friends are the one who act with intentionality.  In a world where we “like” many things and have endless Facebook friends and Twitter followers, what portion of those folks could you wake up in the middle of the night to help you scoop water from your basement after a pipe burst?   In the New Testament, there’s a story well where a disabled man is lowered through the roof of a house where Jesus is preaching and Jesus heals him.  This divine miracle is fascinating and powerful, but this Sunday in church we explored the life changing dedication of the friends of this disabled man and their determination to do what it took to help their friend in need.  I’m not sure how hot it was that day in Capernaum, but I know how hard it is to fight through a July 4th crowd to find a place to watch fireworks.  I cannot imagine beating those kinds of crowds while carrying a person in a stretcher only to realize that the only way in is to tear up a stranger’s roof and lower the person through the ceiling.  I’m inspired by this story to invest in friends who will put me before themselves and celebrate my victories as their own.  The best way to find these type of friends, of course, is to be this type of friend to others.

    In the food world, we are lucky to have a world renowned chef who has this type of intentionality to educate our city about the multifaceted culture of Latin food.  There is no breadoildoubt that Jose Andreas has built an empire for himself, but I truly believe this is a by-product of his dedication to help us understand the beautiful differences between Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish and other Latin foods that, prior to Andre, mainly came to the US as an indistinguishable smorgasbord of TexMex chain restaurants.  Outside of running his plethora of restaurants, Mr. Andreas spends a considerable about of effort holding food tours and special events to help us learn more about the delicious culinary landscape of his heritage.  I was excited this soupSunday to indulge in one of his events called Paella Sunday at Jaleo in Crystal City.

    Jaleo is Jose Andrea’s blackboard to Spain’s tapas and paella culture.  Tapas are small plates of food,  ideal for those who can never decide what they want for dinner; paella is Spain’s quintessential dish of rice cooked in the savory broth of a stew until it plumps up and takes on the rich flavor of the ingredients swimming alongside it in the broth. Paella is to Spain as risotto is to Italy or as biryani is to Indian cuisine.  Every Sunday at the Crystal City Jaleo, Jose holds an all-you-can-eat paella feast for $25 – an unheard of price in DC for a 5-7 course meals at an award-winning restaurant.  On these Sundays you clearly see Mr. Andreas’ focus is not making money, but rather his dedication to give you the chance to swim through plates of paella flavors you may not have tried when it cost $40-50 for a single plate.  After courses of bread accompanied by aromatic rosemary and garlic oil, a small but crisp and fresh lemon caper salad, and a beet gazpacho (cold soup) that could be the star of any meal itself, you arrive at the opportunity to dive into seafood, chicken and mushroom, AND vegetable paellas.  I emphasize the word “and” here, because the staff do not wince at a half-eaten plate of paella as you ask for the next flavor.  Instead they seem delighted in my fascination to explore multiple types of this famous rice dish.

    Of course I started with the seafood version, which came with the plumpest mussels you can find around town.  Each plate of paella is served with a generous smear of garlic aioli (garlic flavored house made mayonnaise) that elevated each bite of paella.  One small very minor warning…the seafood paella is the most popular flavor, which means that even though the paellas are made to order in repetitive four person servings instead of a large oversized vats (where the rise could become overcooked and soggy), the sheer number of seafood paella orders lead to a few minor flaws, such as slightly undercooked rice and dryness.  However, these are so slight and only noticeable since I then had two more plates to compare

    Next came the chicken and mushroom paella.  This version is perfect if you’re looking for a meat and rice dish with worlds of savory goodness but seafood is not your thing.  Being second in the string of popularity at this paella event, I found the chicken paella cooked more fully through with a bit more broth oozing from the rice – which in how I personally prefer paella.  I have had the paellas in Spain, and I fondly remember the creamy bold original version I found throughout the historic alleyways of Barcelona.  Yet still I found myself craving the salty sea flavors of my first paella dish, despite its errors: I’m a die-hard seafood fan.

    Last but certainly not least came the true gem of the day – Jaleo’s vegetable paella.  This is the genius of Jose Andreas.  Never in a million years would I have ordered the vegetable paella without this Paella Sunday platform.  Yet this version was the true winner of the day.  The broth soaked paella cooking style brought out the deep flavors of these vegetables in a way you’d never taste if a quick sauté.  Topped with a generous guard of pungent and colorful olives that provided pops of salty goodness, this paella invites true gluttony.  After 3 pre-course and two other plates of paella, I found myself not wanting to eat more even if I was dangerously full.  After a few additional bites past my limit, I asked to take the rest home, for which the Jaleo staff happily obliged.

    The final bar of this Spanish concert ended with a perfectly creamy full size Flan al Estila Tradicional de Mama Marisa con Espuma de Crème Catalana…essentially a lightly citrus flavored flan with a generous portion of whipped cream on the side.  Jaleo’s kitchen did not lose heart in this final round.  They brought their A-game all the way until the end. I pity those who may be too full from the mountains of paella to cherish every bite of this perfectly balanced dish.  I thought I would try to eat just half to save my waist line and yesterday’s workout….but unfortunately this was the best flan I have ever had, and there was none left to take home.


     – Guest blogger JJS

  • 08Mar

    Burgers, beer, bourbon, and now brunch! The simply named “B Penn Quarter” restaurant (formerly Plan B Burger Bar) opened a year ago to rave reviews for the three things they do best: huge, juicy burgers, a lengthy rotating tap list that hits all the right hoppy notes, and a refined, specifically sourced bourbon collection numbering nearly 100.

    Recently, the restaurant rolled out the newest addition to the B set. That would be brunch, possibly the most popular meal in this city. The chef told us that beginning a brunch menu was a no-brainer, since people wander in from shopping or the mall, and want to be together for a good meal on the weekend. Of course, brunch here is burger-forward, with the star being the Breakfast Burger – thick slices of bacon sitting snugly under a hefty ground-in-house patty, topped with a local fried egg, cheddar and jack cheese, all stuffed into a gently buttered croissant bun. And, you get fries with that!

    Bourbon makes lots of appearances across the menu, unsurprisingly, including in the bourbon caramel, bourbon maple syrup, bourbon whipped cream for the baked goods, bourbon BBQ sauce, and of course, bourbon-soaked French toast.

    There’s another ‘b’ that makes its presence proudly known – trendy bacon. It’s all over the place. On the burger, in maple syrup, in a Cajun aioli, a bit thicker in the form of porcetta, and used to sauté the just-as-trendy kale. Not a vegetarian paradise, but one unsung hero was the impressive veggie burger, made in-house from three types of beans, quinoa, and sautéed sun-dried tomatoes. Certainly no previously-frozen crumbly way-too-many breadcrumb patty here.

    But back to the best bit: bourbon. Brunch drinks come in many options, but the only one you should really be drinking: the bottomless bourbon sour. Yes there are mimosas and Bloodys, but at a bourbon establishment, drink the bourbon. Other bourbon-forward cocktails include the Kentucky Coffee (like Irish, only, you know, bourbon) and a Ryed the Mule (again, Moscow Mule, but… bourbon). However, real aficionados would get the mixologist’s tasting flight: three pours of hand-selected whiskeys, specifically curated to your tastes. On my gorgeous barrel-wood plank, from left to right:

    1. Whistlepig rye – classic and award-winning
    2. Mitcher ten-year aged whiskey – a clean, bracing bite with a corn base
    3. Templeton rye – to provide that real rye comparison

    We were able to try other dishes, like a super-creamy four-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese, but the star, as we know, is the bourbony, burgery brunch. Bon appetite!


    Plan B Burger Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • 11Jan

    It’s January, and once again the masses have begun devising plans to reinvent better versions of themselves. I’m no different with my determination to forever lose those extra 20 pounds – for the purpose of these brunch blogs, I’m praying that Sunday calories don’t count! In church today, I heard a nugget of wisdom that will hopefully help me, and perhaps you, when we’re ready to quit our New Year resolutions in mid-March – “Passion is what you want most, while Impulse is what you want now.”

    Rice Paper QuickstatThere is no greater example of this focus displayed than in those who leave everything they know behind in their motherlands in the hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families in a new country. Often the reward of their toils are only realized by their children decades later. As a second generation Indian American, I am so honored by the obstacles my parents faced so that I could have the opportunities I enjoy today. Too often immigrants find themselves taking on menial jobs that do not reflect the skills they earned in the countries of their childhood, but they push forward because they are here to survive, and keep taking one day at a time with a focus on their “tomorrow” dreams. For a slight reprieve from their daily humdrum, first generation immigrants often take comfort in creating glimpses of the familiar in their new home.

    For those from Vietnam, this phenomenon can be experienced to its fullest at the Eden Center in Arlington, VA – the largest Vietnamese center on the east coast. And so there I headed to have Sunday “brunch” at the famed Rice Paper. I used parentheses here because nothing served at Rice Paper on Sunday afternoon is different from their regular lunch menu…but is definitely still a great place to visit on Sunday afternoon.

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  • 04Jan

    Starting in the New Year, I’m going to a church in DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre. This means that, besides feeding my soul every Sunday, I get the next year to take advantage of the food scene that’s blowing up across DC via the quintessential DC Sunday Brunch. But, who doesn’t get a bit tired of 50 different versions of Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, and French Toast – the average brunch trifecta? What I want to know is: if each weekly Sunday spot offers more than this usual trio, if their signature items from Monday through Saturday are also available for Sunday brunch, and if this place is worth both a brunch and non-brunch visit. So for the next 52 weeks, as I’ll be discovering the DC Sunday scene, I would love to share with you a small nugget on the food that fed my soul and then the food that fed my face!

    The first Sunday:Quickstat

    Did you know that coffee is being threatened by the drug cartel in South America? Per acre, cocaine is more profitable to farm than coffee or other produce, so in many places, farmers choose to grow cocaine instead of coffee for no other reason than a desire to earn a livable wage and support their families. Given this, I was inspired by an organization introduced at church today call Redeeming Grounds, that goes into the jungles of Columbia and buys coffee beans from farmers at prices above the market rate. Redeeming Grounds encourages farmers to consider growing coffee instead of cocaine by enabling them to earn a livable wage doing so. One farm at a time, this project is cutting into the heart of the drug trade and establishing generations of farmers that are willing to stand up to the cartels because they no longer need the drug trade to help feed their families.

    This is interesting to me not only because of their positive influence, but because I was struck at how it swims against the normative ‘Christian’ tide to be ‘good stewards’ of resources by getting the best deal on everything. This thought process often challenges the contrasting Christian principle of “loving your neighbor as yourself,” and propagates the demand for someone somewhere else to bear the burden of bringing this good deal to fruition. I’m so encouraged to see folks in this instance willing to look beyond the ‘best price’ to see the ‘bigger picture.’

    So, taking about the bigger picture but transitioning to food for my face (insert smiling emoji here), I want to encourage you to see the ‘bigger picture’ and know that glorious food can be found all the way to the far edges of the DC border: this Sunday, I ventured to Takoma Park’s Republic for Lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 21Apr

    Ocopa has been rising to the top of H St NE’s restaurant scene with its flavorful Peruvian tastes. Its fresh ingredients and relaxed feel make Ocopa a great spot to check out in this warm weather. A small restaurant, the Peruvian hotspot has limited but fun barstools with an outdoor view. The patio will hopefully be opening in the coming months as well. If you enjoy watching the food being prepared like I do, sit at the main bar and watch how fast Ocopa’s team makes their dishes.

    In addition to its fine Peruvian dinner, Ocopa has recently started serving brunch. The restaurant is known both for their food and for their cocktails. Chef Carlos Delgado has paired with Peruvian mixologist Giancarlo Cruz to showcase traditional Pisco cocktails and classics with a savory twist that are must tries.

    ocopa_restaurant_frontAs I am not a Bloody Mary fan, I was recommended the lavender Pisco Sour instead. It is the kind of drink you could easily have in one go without realizing what you have just done. The perfect amount of sweetness, this Pisco Sour is incredibly smooth to the palate. I also got to try the Pisco fizz, a drink not featured on the menu. It has the same smoothness to it as the lavender Pisco does. I was nervous when I heard that egg whites were in it, but I soon realized that this crucial ingredient is what gives the Pisco sours their deliciously creamy texture. If you are a Bloody Mary drinker, however, make sure to check out Ocopa’s. Based on my drink experience there, I’m sure their Bloody Marys are some of DC’s finest.

    To combat the drinks of the day before, I also had the Conchas Leche de Tigre, or Peru’s hangover cure. This drink has scallops, yellow pepper, and tiger’s milk, the marinade that cures the seafood in ceviche. The sweetness of the citrus marinade balanced well with the kick of the yellow pepper. This drink has a bite to it that can undeniably cure any hangover.

    So, how do you make a dinner menu into a brunch menu as well? Just add egg! Ocopa does this right. My favorite dish, the Lomo Montado, features tender filet with potato confit, all topped with an egg. We started with the classic ceviche with flounder, their fish of the day. The flounder was thin and light, with sides of sweet potato and Peruvian corn that both paired well with the fish. The Causa Cangrejo, a potato dish with crab, was soft, light and creamy.

    Meanwhile, the Jalea Pescado had the perfect amount of fried crunch and soft, melt-in-your-mouth fish. We finished off the meal with an ice cream dessert that had chocolate ganache, tapioca powder and crunchy quinoa, for a bit of a savory taste. Like all of Ocopa’s dishes, this dessert especially had an attractive presentation. The paletas, or ice pops, are also a must try.

    I will definitely be going back to Ocopa soon, but next time for their lively dinner. Whether you’re going out on H St at night, or walking around the hip neighborhood during the day, make sure to try something new and check out Ocopa’s fine Peruvian cuisine.

    -SDM (Samantha)

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  • 06Nov
    Ping Pong Dim Sum Brunch

    Ping Pong Dim Sum introduces their new brunch menu with an eastern flare.  Dim Sum is already considered Chinese-style brunch but fusing it with the western brunch style makes it a Ping Pong brunch to remember.  Dupont Circle’s location introduced their newest East West Brunch dishes and cocktails in late October. They flew their Beverage Director, Daniele Ziaco, from London for a quick mixology lesson on how to make one of their signature cocktails, Lemon Grass and Lime,  a complicated cocktail of 5 different ingredients (vodka, lychee sake with fresh lemongrass, lime and lychee juice).

    Daniele Ziaco, Beverage Director of Ping Pong Dim Sum

    Daniele Ziaco, Beverage Director of Ping Pong Dim Sum

    Ziaco brings 15 years of experience to Ping Pong, and has developed regional bar programs in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Before joining Ping Pong’s first store in London in 2006, Ziaco managed the bar programs in London for the critically acclaimed Hakkasan restaurants by Alan Yau. Born in Tuscany, much of Ziaco’s inspiration for his methodology, and appreciation for quality and freshness, comes from his childhood in Italy.​

    Ping Pong Bubble

    Ping Pong Bubble

    My favorite cocktail of the night was their Brunch Champagne with Bubbles.  Think of it as an adult beverage Bubble Tea although instead of your typical tapioca bubbles it’s filled with poppers.  And if you’re unfamiliar with poppers, I highly suggest that you go out and try them.  It’s unlike it’s tapioca counterparts because instead of being a solid ball of tapioca, the center is filled with fruit juice; the skin encasing the juice is so light that when bitten, a burst of juice fills your mouth.

    Egg & Cheese Spring Rolls

    Egg & Cheese Spring Rolls

    But now for the important part…the food!  I’m not a huge fan of western brunch foods as I’m not really a breakfast person, but these dishes really did wow me.  So here’s a take on my favorite dishes on the menu.  Let’s start with their egg and cheese spring rolls, which is a fried egg roll wrapper filled with scrambled eggs, sharp white cheddar, peppers and spring onion, and served with a five-spice tonkatsu sauce.  This dish will make you rethink your breakfast burritos.

    Chicken & Green Tea Waffles

    Chicken & Green Tea Waffles

    Next up is their chicken and waffles.  Who doesn’t like chicken and waffles, but how about green tea flavored waffles with an Asian spice kick?  It is a sweet and savory matcha made in heaven (see what I did there?)  Matcha green tea belgian waffles topped with sesame seed crusted fried chicken with lemongrass and ginger maple syrup!  Doesn’t the description alone get your mouth watering?  It has mine watering so much that it makes me want to drink the syrup.

    Black Mango Tea French Toast

    Black Mango Tea French Toast

    Do you have a sweet tooth for breakfast?  I certainly do.  In my non-executive chef mind, an eastern French toast would just be French toast with some Asian Fruit compote. but this is why I’m not an executive chef.  This French toast is no ordinary french toast; it’s a mango black tea steeped brioche French toast  topped with exotic fruit and served with a  ginger maple syrup. It’s that ginger maple syrup that brings you to tears of happiness.

    Char Sui Bun

    Char Sui Bun

    And my final top dish would be the Char Sui Buns, an ultimate favorite dim sum dish of mine made up of honey roasted pork in a mantou (fluffy white Chinese bun).  Although I don’t feel that Ping Pong’s rendition beats the original version, it is rather tasty and I’m a fan of the open face mantou.

    So with all that’s said and eaten, I highly suggest that you grab some friends and run, don’t walk to the nearest Ping Pong Dim Sum and have yourself a East West Brunch.





    Sichuan Hanger Steak "Loco Moco"

    Sichuan Hanger Steak “Loco Moco”

    Shanghai Shrimp and Grits

    Shanghai Shrimp and Grits

    Pork Belly Bun

    Braised Pork Belly Bao Sliders

    Sesame Beef and Sweet Chili Meatballs

    Sesame Beef and Sweet Chili Meatballs

    Edamame Dumpling

    Edamame and Truffle Dumpling

    Wild Mushroom Puff with Sweet Potato

    Wild Mushroom Puff with Sweet Potato

    Assortment of Steamed Items

    Assortment of Steamed Items

    Chinese Chocolate Sesame Donuts

    Chinese Chocolate Sesame Donuts

    Mochi Ice Cream

    Mochi Ice Cream


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  • 16Sep

    Walker’s Grille is in Franconia, about a mile from Franconia Metro. My friends who live in the area have tried it (seperately) for dinner and said that it is not terrible, but not good, and that they never returned after the first visit. We decided to try Walker’s Grill for brunch.

    Ingredients: Good quality ingredients, including the the coffee, eggs (although they weren’t cooked correctly), and tea. The exception was the old, squishy grapes in a dish of fruit that came with one of the dishes.

    Decor: Nice design and vibe. They have put money and thought into the design. Walker’s Grille has outdoor seating.

    Service: The waitress was frendly, helpful, and had them redo my eggs the first time (before they got to me) because they were sitting to long. This of course, increased the wait time

    Wait Time: This was bad, especially since we were very hungry 30 minutes later when the food arrived. That is a long wait for French toast and eggs, especially since when we arrived, all the tables we saw had already been served (so the kitchen could not have been that busy). The other tables arrived after us.

    Execution: I’ve already mentioned that they had to remake the (over easy) egg platter prior to serving it to us. When it did arrive, one egg was broken, one overcooked, and one was good. The ham served with the eggs was paper thin, clumped together, and very dry, which was not appetizing. One slice of toast is not sufficient for a 3 egg platter; two slices would be the norm.

    The Pain Perdue (French Toast) was very dry inside (and inedible), which means it was not soaked in the egg mixture long enough; the maple-vanilla creme anglaise was good, but “the fresh fruit” included with the dish included grapes that were not fresh. The syrup was served in a ramekin instead of something designed to pour, so pouring syrup was messy. The Pain Perdue dish was so bad that “S” did not eat it; the waitress replaced the dish with a waffle, which was very good but served at nearly room temperature.

    Final Remarks: I want this place to do well, but because of poor execution in the kitchen, a lot of neighborhood people are going to the restaurant once, and not returning. Hopefully they can correct the execution and attention to detail so that this restaurant is a better overall.



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