As NoMA’s newest resident, I’ve taken it upon myself to explore all that H Street has to offer, including its plethora of restaurants. I’ve loved DC Harvest, but haven’t tried many others – so I’ve made it my mission to brunch all over the Atlas district.
My first stop was Boundary Road. This neighborhood bistro bills itself as a locally sourced, sustainable restaurant so I was eager to give it a try. We walked in on a Sunday at noon, with a reservation, although there were enough empty tables that we may not have needed one.
I immediately loved the ambiance. The exposed brick, hardwood floors, and antique lighting gave it a very hipster, almost San Franciscan vibe. We were seated in the back, with a view of the kitchen, but I can definitely see myself going back for a drink at the bar and dinner at that communal table with my roommate.
As soon as we sat, it was time to get down to business. Boundary Road offers bottomless mimosas and bottomless punch as well, but we only needed a little hair of the dog that morning. After sampling the day’s brew of the brunch punch, my lovely date, Andrew, chose the blood orange and grapefruit juices with vodka. It was much too sweet for me, but he liked how easy it went down. I opted for sparkling St. Germain with Cava and Peychaud’s bitters. It was fizzy and light, just how I like my brunch cocktails. Our waiter was a little awkward (the camera tends to throw people off), but very sweet and accommodating. We sat next to the kitchen so we could watch and chat with the talented chefs in action. Andrew ordered the BLT which was huge and accompanied by a generous portion of perfectly crisp home fries. The ingredients were quite fresh and even the mayo was homemade.
I had the Gentlemen Will Take A Chance. I’ll forgive the sexist name because this scramble was so delicious. The pork cheek confit, summer squash, corn, greens, cherry tomatoes, and fried egg on top was hearty and very satisfying. Some of the ingredients would be out of season, but I’d definitely go back and order this dish during winter.
We shared the French toast for dessert. The bread was just your average white bread but the raspberry corn ice cream and blood orange curd were fantastic. It wasn’t too sweet and ended the meal on a nice note.
The Bitches say: A. A quality neighborhood bistro for hearty American fare, with generous portions and a chill atmosphere.
414 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Boundary Road serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.