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Chef Geoff’s Downtown

August 16th, 2013 by kimly

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Chef Geoff’s Downtown

1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

[on 13th Street between E and F, NW – One block west of the F & 12th Metro Center exit]

March 31, 2013 – 10.30am reservation, 5 adults, 2 children

Sunday Brunch Menu

My sister-in-law chose this venue for the family’s Easter Brunch downtown. It was easily one of the best experiences of the weekend. The staff was simply fabulous. Turns out, our reservations were at the New Mexico Ave location. But a miss-communication had me delivering the family to the downtown locale. After confirming our misstep, the maître di was able to seat us with a short wait to set up an unexpected table. And his attitude set the tone for the entire meal: he was the consummate professional and didn’t make us feel like this was compromising his entire morning.

The experience and food were so wonderful, mom and dad have already requested that we repeat this the next time they visit.

We started with a basket of rolls and pastries – the mini chocolate muffins were a hit with my 4 year old twin nephews – and fresh fruit for all. The adults enjoyed bloody marys and mimosas while the boys were treated to chocolate milk. The fruit was fresh and tasty and the breads soft and flavorful.

For entrees we had:

  • Eggs Chesapeake – three poached eggs, jumbo lump crabcakes, buttermilk biscuit, country ham hash, hollandaise
  • Steak and Eggs – new york strip, sunny-side up eggs, roasted tomato, yukon gold hash
  • Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits – jumbo shrimp, andouille, tomatoes, peppers, onions
  • Country Ham Crepes – scrambled eggs, virginia ham, havarti cheese, frisee-citrus salad
  • French Toast – maple sausage, berry compote
  • Sunday Scramble – jack cheese, maple sausage, home fries

Mom and I had the Eggs Chesapeake – awesome meal. Eggs were poached perfectly and the crab cakes were all crab with barely any binder. Dad was extremely happy with his streak (medium rare) and eggs – he cleaned the plate then helped mom – 3 eggs and crab cake is a lot of food. Brother had the Country Ham crepes which were stuffed to overflowing. Sister-in-law enjoyed the shrimp and sausage while the boys split the scrabbled eggs and french toast. The wait staff was accommodating and almost doting when asked for extra syrup and more milk.

The boys ended their meals with ice cream sundaes with and without ‘whooped’ cream.

We all ordered their ‘Sunday Special’ which includes any entree, a fruit plate, brunch breads, coffee, and your choice of juice, mimosa, or bloody mary: $21.95 – extra drinks for the adults and desserts for the boys were additional yet very reasonable.

Total Cost: under $250 including tax (10%) and tip (20%+)

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