If you’re like any other millennial in DC, you live for brunch. I am no exception to this stereotype, nor would I ever try to be. Brunch is glorious. Brunch cures hangovers. Brunch is the best damn meal there is. I am passionate about brunch. This past Sunday, I meandered out of bed and managed to make the trek to Dupont Circle from my Capitol Hill abode. There was a hip placed called Station Kitchen + Cocktails I just had to try. Once you step in this restaurant, you will immediately know you’ve made the right decision. From the bright and cheery yet devastatingly trendy décor to the swanky hotel guests sipping on Compass Coffee, you’ll fit right in if you’re like me and an inner voice told you to put on something nicer than yoga pants that morning…
My friends and I were so enticed by the menu, we decided to get a smattering of items and split them between the three of us. I love it when this happens.
The braised beef hash with short ribs, pepper hash potato cake, and poached eggs was the first dish we absolutely had to have. Close second was the fried rice with a sunny side up egg and spicy honey hoisin. We also ordered sides of skillet fries and bacon, because no brunch is complete without bacon, duh.
When the waitress delivered our precious goods, it was like Christmas morning. I love it when I go to restaurants where the food tastes as good as it looks. Presentation is important to me, and Station Kitchen & Cocktails definitely gets that, too.
I’m actually a little bittersweet about the whole experience because I might not ever be able to make my own fried rice again since it probably won’t taste as good as this did.
But on the other hand, that is definitely a true test of a good restaurant – if you can’t make it better yourself, keep going back for forever.
However, Station Kitchen + Cocktails is way more than brunch. You can stop by for a quick cocktail and sit at the bar, or you can shop at their miniature version of Glen’s Garden Market, which is also full of plenty gluten-free goodies.
At some point, make the commitment to come back for dinner and indulge in their Korean Caveman Pops with sweet hoisin and grilled scallions, or the Ahi Taco with togarashi seared ahi, cucumber namasu, avocado, lime, chilli, and wasabi mayo.
Station Kitchen also has “An Evolving Daily Special,” where each bowl ordered directly translates to a $0.25 donation back to the community.