Slate Wine Bar (Glover Park)

Best boy friend, P, sent me a link to a deal for $40 prix fixe brunch with bottomless drinks for 2 at Slate Wine Bar recently. Knowing that the lady had Slate on the to-try list, we snatched up the deal. Since they serve brunch on Saturday and Sundays, we were able to fit in a visit the weekend that we left for vacation.

We were the first customers of the day and so we had our choice of tables. The service was very attentive and we had drinks quickly. Luckily, they were willing to let me split between bloody marys and mimosas for my bottomless drink option so I started with a bloody. I watched them pour it and there was A LOT of vodka in that drink. No complaints!

We had the choice between 3 starters, 5 entrees, and 2 desserts. For starters I ordered the donut holes and the lady ordered the caesar salad.

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The donuts were AMAZING. Light and flaky and puffy. And well, the salad was a salad.

For entrees, I had the chicken and waffles and the lady had the eggs benedict.

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The entrees weren’t anything particularly special. Solidly good, but not best-I’ve-ever-had territory. BUT, at this point, we were feeling our bottomless drinks so we were shoveling it in.

We split the dessert options and I had the tres leches while the lady had the brownie.

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I realized right after I ordered that I basically has 3 courses of dessert, so by the time dessert rolled around, I was pretty done with sweet stuff. However, both the desserts were excellent. Overall, it was good, and a pretty decent bottomless brunch deal. Just nothing special.

  • Favorite thing I had: It was all pretty decent. I think those donuts holes were the winner.
  • Favorite thing she had: The potatoes or the brownie.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: If I were going to go back for another prix fixe brunch, I’d probably order the omelette.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Ehhh, I’ll go back if someone else has the deal or someone plans something there. The dinner prices are a tad on the pricey side.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Well, if you want to keep day-drinking, there’s Arcuri, Bourbon, etc.
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Bourbon (Glover Park)

Bourbon made it on the to-try list by recommendation of P. I had been to the Adams Morgan location for his birthday, but had never had more than a couple of beers. Upon creation of the blog, he insisted it go on the list and that we check it out. So, when we finally got around to setting up a double date night with P and his boyfriend, that’s where we headed. The lady and I decided to go over a little early to grab a couple of drinks before dinner. She went with the Manhattan w/ Four Roses and I went with the Scottish Summer (Scotch, basil, strawberry, lemon, simple syrup, and ginger beer)

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The Scottish Summer was not quite as delightful as all those flavors sounded together. I think the bartender went a little heavy on the lemon juice and neglected the sweeter elements that would have helped balance it out. The Manhattan was excellent. P and his boyfriend showed up and we ordered another round. This time I went with a Pimms Cup and the lady stuck with her Manhattan. P went with a beer (Great Lakes, like a good Clevelander) and his boyfriend went with an Old Fashioned.

We sat and chatted for a bit and conferred that this was where we wanted to have dinner. So we moved to the corner of the bar, where we would be sitting less in a straight line. We would have loved to sit outside, but there were no seats available and a threat of rain. I think we were there during the changing of a shift, so it took a little while to get attention to order food. At that point, we were super hungry and feeling our drinks, so we ordered some wings.

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They hit the spot. Very flavorful and juicy. The way wings should be. For dinner, I decided on the BBQ salmon and everyone else went with sandwiches. (The Turkey Jack, the Chicken Cuban, and the Beer Battered Pork (B.P.T))

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I think the sandwiches fell in the “pretty good” category. The potato chips served with the sandwiches were really good though. I keep reaching over and stealing them from the lady. The salmon was excellent. The BBQ was tasty and it was cooked just right. I was pleasantly surprised to get such good salmon from a bar. So, overall, not a bad experience. I’d really like to try the Scottish Summer again to see if it’s actually a better drink if made by another bartender. The Manhattans were good enough, I’m sure the lady will insist we go back.

  • Favorite thing I had: The salmon. It was cooked perfectly. And the wings were really good.
  • Favorite thing she had:  The Manhattan w/ Four Roses Yellow Label and the Old Bay chips that came with her sandwich.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The lamb burger or the steak salad. The brunch menu looks pretty good.
  • What makes this place stand out: The whole wall behind the bar is just covered in bottles of bourbon and whiskey. It was really nice to look at. And tasty to drink, as well.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions)We would probably stop by here for a drink before or after dinner next time we’re in Glover Park.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): We went over to see our friends at Arcuri for a night cap

Arcuri (DC)

My best guy friend told me about Arcuri just a couple of weeks ago. He suggested we bottomless mimosa it there and then head to his roof deck once the weather got nice. The opportunity came sooner than expected, but this time because of bad weather. I found myself parked in front of his place ready to pick him up, just as our Sunday football game was being canceled. Since I was already there, we decided we might as well make the best of it and go to brunch! We collected as many teammates as were willing to head to Glover Park in the cold, pouring rain/sleet/snow and parked at Arcuri for a few hours.

I went bottomless (the whole table did) and started with a Bloody Mary. For food, I decided on the Lemon Ricotta pancakes with blueberries. When the food came, I switched to mimosas. Other dishes at the table included the brunch pizza, the eggs in purgatory, and the egg breakfast sub. Everything looked amazing, and the bite I had of the eggs in purgatory was pretty delightful. I’d order any of those dishes. The pancakes were delicious. They were extremely moist and light. And like pineapple, lemon is one of those things I LOVE. Add blueberries to it and I’m sold.

In the 7 seasons I’ve played in the football league, they’ve never cancelled a game. I was initially annoyed, but was pretty glad I didn’t have to be out in the mud and rain and cold. And really glad that I got to try a great new brunch spot.

  • Favorite thing I had: The pancakes! I have to figure out how to make ricotta pancakes at home. I think it might be a new favorite thing in general.
  • How was the service?: Really awesome. Our server was personable and didn’t seem to get annoyed with us the closer we got to the bottom of those drinks. The manager was also chatty and great. He overheard me talking about Momo’s and made some other Old Town suggestions.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The pizza! The server told us all about it, but I was pretty set on those pancakes. The brunch pizza looked so good. They had a really great cocktail menu and beer selection too.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): I think the lady will want to make a trip there soon since she wasn’t with me today. It will get added to our Summer Of Brunch list. Sometime in the next couple of months.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): You’ll need to wander somewhere for a bit to sober up before you drive if you do bottomless (Glover Park is not terribly accessible). If you’re around long enough for your next meal, check out Surfside. If you just need to wander, Whole Foods is always a good bet.