Belga Café, nestled in charming Eastern Market, is the District’s original Belgian sidewalk café. As expected for a Belgian café, the restaurant is known for its waffles—so, naturally, I was dying to go.
The ladies and I shared a waffle as an “appetizer”—deciding on savory rather than sweet with the warm goat cheese waffle with roasted tomato, red pepper coulis, and herb salad. The complimentary bread was fresh and delicious and the coffee was exemplary.
The menu is authentically Belgian with lots of great choices. The most unique option was definitely the green eggs with bacon.
I (suprise, suprise) had the Eggs Benedict, which was well-prepared and properly poached, but bland in flavor.
Similarly—three other ladies had versions of the scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, an English muffin, and potatoes. They reported back without a lot of excitement—the verdict is good but not great. (Tough crowd!)
The restaurant space is lovely—exposed brick walls, dark wooden tables and a long bar that spans most of the restaurant. The outside café seating is precious—sitting outside in Eastern Market is always a treat. Service-wise, our waitress had a bad attitude and was very slow. However, Chef Bart Vandaele came to greet us and he is simply lovely—charming and kind.
The bitches say…B+. Great menu options, good food, bad service (this time we hope).
514 8th St. S.E.