It was New Year’s Day. And we were in need of somewhere to break our resolutions. You see, I had sworn a vow of sobriety for the monthof January, or at least until my marathon on January 17. Brittney Ann had vowed to break her excessive texting habit. Both resolutions were broken at brunch.
After calm, cozy evenings the eve before, we turned to a day of boozy brunch, movies, and funtivities to usher in 2015. While brunch plans are typically pre-orchestrated, today’s decision was made on a whim, based on a tweet I saw from bed.
Boundary Stone was serving brunch on the holiday and, as it turns out, the restaurant now serves brunch items every day of the week. Brunch-a-holics, take note. We were sorely disappointed to discover that Boundary Stone only offers its bottomless deal—$12 for bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas—on Saturdays and Sundays. It was 2015, and there would be no bottomless for these Bitches.
We ordered three rounds of mimosas nonetheless. The mimosas were served in regular tumbler glasses and heavy on the champagne. I grew tipsy rather quickly.
The brunch menu is concise, with a dozen options of hearty American pub fare: a chorizo sausage sandwich featuring meats from a local butcher, huevos rancheros, a BELT sandwich (BLT with an egg), and French “Texas” toast. It’s definitely a great spot for a hearty, hangover brunch.
The menu also offers sides: fried eggs, toast, home fries, and bacon. You can also order off the lunch menu or some of Chef Joe’s Specials.
We began with the grapefruit with sugar in the raw and the deviled eggs, which change regularly. On this particular occasion, the flavor of deviled eggs was Poblano. “Which is essentially like a normal deviled egg,” explained the waitress.
The Poblano deviled eggs were seasoned with cumin and coriander. They had a distinct taste of cumin and pepper, which was unique and enjoyable. These were some great deviled eggs.
We had expected the grapefruit to be cut in half and bruleed, but instead the dish was an entire grapefruit served in slices, with sugar sprinkled atop. This seemed fitting for the casual, unpretentious neighborhood spot. A generous portion served in an unassuming style. It was really fresh, sweet, and delicious.
Brittney’s eyes seized immediately upon the cheesy bacon grits ($8), topped with a fried egg and green onion. She requested the eggs scrambled rather than fried, and they were more than happy to oblige.
I ordered the steak and eggs, as is my custom nowadays. The marinated skirt steak was well seasoned and cooked to my liking (medium rare), but the meat was really fatty. It was flavorful—but there was far too much fat. I did appreciate that it was served sliced. The fried eggs were done perfectly, and the potatoes were really, really good. I don’t get excited about home fries—I prefer my potatoes as French fries or garlic mashed. But, these were fried greasy and crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. The home fries came with a tomato based dipping sauce, with a slight spice. The sauce made the meal.
I will say, my jaw dropped when I saw the bill—the mimosas were cheap, but the steak and eggs were $17. That’s a little steep, considering the prices for everything else are incredibly reasonable.
The Bitches say: B+ A great neighborhood spot with a relaxed, cozy vibe with good, affordable food in large portions. There’s a bottomless deal and brunch every day—both appreciated by Bitches.
116 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
(202) 621- 6635
Boundary Stone serves brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, but also serves brunch items daily!