Neighborhood Brunching in Cleveland Park

22 Jan

Cleveland Park may not be Dupont or Logan Circle (though I hear it’s the next Eckington), but I absolutely love living up here. The trees, the Giant up the block and the easy street parking are all great. And, though you may not think of us a center of cultural activity–the Cleveland Park and Woodley areas actually have a great restaurant scene.

It may be surprising to those of you who stay further south on the red line, but we have a number of great brunch spots–including Dino, Medium Rare, Steak & Eggs, Open City and my recent favorite Ardeo/Bardeo.

Ardeo/Bardeo’s brunch not only has delicious food, but it also comes at a fabulous price. For $25, you get two courses plus unlimited mimosas. And let me say that the service is excellent – you will never have an empty champagne flute.

Some of the foods I’ve sampled and would recommend for your first course:

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, pistachios, apricots, lemon yogurt
  • Granola and greek yogurt, fresh apples and pears
  • Salmon rillettes with everything bagel
  • Butternut squash soup, licorice marshmallow

And for your second course:

  • Bacon and egg risotto with house bacon, parmesan cheese
  • Steak and eggs –barrel cut ribeye and roasted potatoes
  • Shrimp and grits with lobster emulsion, arugula
  • House Benedict–English muffin, Canadian bacon, hollandaise

Next time you’re looking for a weekend brunch and having a hard time making a reservation at some of the 14th Street hot-spots, move your search northwest and take a trip to the lovely Cleveland Park neighborhood. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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