I’m the type of person that craves eggs the moment I wake up. A day where I do not roll out of bed to prepare a fried egg or two is seriously an anomaly. But sometimes, the craving is there, but my desire to put forth the effort to actually cook is non-existent. In comes Boundary Road, who clearly prioritizes a good egg with breakfast/brunch…
Boundary Road is located on the up-and-coming H Street Corridor, also known as the “Atlas District.” This drag is becoming famous for its great grub, and Boundary is no exception. Once you step foot into this beautiful brick building, smell the aroma of brunch time a.k.a. happiness, and take in the chic, industrial yet refined décor and exposed brick, you will feel at home and never want to leave.
The first thing you should do after being seated at Boundary Road is ask what the Punch of the Day is, and then immediately surrender your credit card to buy it bottomless for only $16. This is such a steal, especially considering how stiff the punch really is. Bless you, Boundary Road.
Next, scour the menu carefully. This will be the toughest decision you will have to make all day, so choose wisely. The first item that caught my eye was the “Gentlemen Will Take a Chance,” because of the catchy name, but also because of its contents. This dish is basically a potato hash with pork confit and every vegetable they got from the farm that day, with a fried egg on top. The dream.
When I told my server I was interested in this dish, he apologized profusely and let me know that they switched out one of the vegetables for another because they did not receive the original vegetable in their farm deposit. Uhm hello, now that I know you support local farmers, seasonal produce, and care about the quality of your ingredients, I will absolutely get this dish with no hesitation. Boy, it did not disappoint. My favorite part was the green beans, which had the perfect crisp to them. When ordering this dish, make sure to let your server know you are gluten-free – they will then sauté the potatoes rather than frying them to avoid cross contamination.
Next, I ordered the Reuben Eggs Benedict, which is gluten-free without the bread. One might wonder what the point is of getting Eggs Benedict without the English muffin, but I have to say I did not miss the bread one bit. The corned beef hash was so flavorful in itself that I can honestly say I would have eaten the meat plain and been happy.
The final two dishes I ordered were the Pork & Eggs, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Grilled Local Steak Salad with salsa verde, greens, olives, and hearts of palm. You wouldn’t think you would appreciate a salad at brunch time, but this dish was out of this world. The steak was cooked perfectly, the hearts of palm added a creaminess one rarely finds in a vegetable, and the dressing was so refreshing, I honestly wish Boundary Road bottled and sold it, so I would never have to purchase salad dressing anywhere else ever again.
After consuming this monstrous brunch, I went home and promptly took a nap. But when I awoke, the memory of my meal was still with me. This was not one of those brunches you consume and then immediately forget post-food coma.
I’m already looking forward to heading back to Boundary Road again for dinner, as the menu touts several gluten-free options, even in addition to their numerous cheese and charcuterie offerings. Highlights include the Spicy Squash Soup, Duck Breast on the Plancha, and the Flourless Chocolate Fondant for dessert. Plus, Boundary Road is open until 2 am seven days a week, which means you can go there for drinks, too.