Washington, DC 20002
This week, work's been a bit of a bear so I haven't gotten to eat anything that was a) good for more and b) just good. I have managed to funnel some good money into delivery pizza and fast food so I'm glad I'm doing my part in keeping the economy going. The weekend, though, allowed me a few windows of time where I could venture out and get a few quality bites. I was feeling a bit brunchy hence I went to brunch (yes I just wrote that sweet piece of logical deduction). On Saturday, I decided to head out to Bar Pilar for a quick bite (a more detailed post will happen when I go back for dinner) and then Boundary Road on Sunday for a more involved brunch.
The best way for me to describe the Gentlemen Will Take a Chance is that it's a deconstructed omelet except you make the egg sunny side up instead of beating them. So, it's a sunny side up egg over a sauteed mix of pork confit, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, parsley, and okra. For some reason, I've eaten tons of southern/soul food lately that includes okra. Growing up, I remember my mom using it in some dishes and I was never a big fan. Now, though, I've really grown attached to its flavor, crunch and texture. More okra please. The mixture, while it looks rich, was surprisingly clean with sharp, simple flavors. The egg and confit provided ample richness but didn't overpower the vegetables which I found that I gravitated more towards than the proteins. I did have to add some salt and hot sauce for my own preference but overall the dish was pretty balanced without more seasoning.
I decided to do brunch in DC in two pretty hip neighborhoods this weekend. Bar Pilar and Boundary Road are both located in two hot spot areas where really good eating places are popping up. Yes, the technical term for quality restaurants is "really good eating places". Also, no one mention that since I wanted brunch, I went to places who's names started with B. I don't want to think of the psychological deficiencies related to that kind of thinking. Bar Pilar gave me a great atmosphere and a heavy albeit great tasting meal. More importantly, if there was ever any place screaming Sunday Funday, it's this place. Boundary Road was a place that I found to be a bit more refined but not douche-y. This was reflected in the nice, simple, clean qualities of the food. Overall, if these two places are an indication of how the food scene is moving in DC, then I, for one, am glad I'm living in the DMV these days.