I admit it: In my college days, I was a card-carrying, Greek-letter-wearing, secret-hand-shaking sorority girl. I haven’t kept up with my sisters much since then, but recently, through the magic of social media, I learned that five of my sisters are now living in the Washington, D.C. area.
After much arranging of social calendars we were finally able to meet for a reunion brunch at Circa in Clarendon. The location was an easy choice as it’s right in the Clarendon strip, Metro accessible, and since I have been to Circa in Dupont, I knew I could expect traditional American bistro food. No fuss.
We all arrived around the same time and grabbed a spot at the bar while we waited for our table (yes, little has changed since college). The girls sampled the blood orange and the white peach bellinis, and I went straight for a Bloody Mary.
The bellinis were refreshing and not too sweet, and the Mary was tasty, but nothing memorable. We were seated very promptly at a great corner table, and our waiter was extremely attentive. Because we had so much to catch up on, it took us quite awhile to actually look at the menu, and our kind server waited patiently, coming back intermittently to check in until we were finally ready with our order. Like our sorority house mom used to say, “Bless his heart.”
Lori had the breakfast burrito with eggs and chicken sausage. It was a substantial amount of food, but it had good flavor and the salsa verde was just spicy enough.
Cheryl went with the egg white omelet. With bell peppers, spinach, and tomatoes, it was a very colorful dish. The cremini mushrooms provided some earthiness and goat cheese added some creaminess and bite.
I ordered eggs Benny and was not let down. The eggs were well cooked, the muffin well toasted, and the bacon flavorful. It came with a side of home fries and asparagus. I always like to see something green on my plate.
Because of dietary restrictions, two from our group ordered the hummus plate, but those gals had no complaints. The plate was a good size, had fresh, crisp veggies and the saved calories allowed them to indulge in a few more bellinis.
For dessert, we split a heavenly concoction, which Circa calls the Nutella Trifle. Think airy Nutella mousse with chunks of chocolate cake and toasted hazelnuts. It was both light and rich at the same time, and definitely a more refined dessert than eating Nutella right out of the jar with plastic spoons like we used to do in the sorority house.
We lingered, we reminisced, we gossiped for a full three hours thanks to patient service and a relaxed environment at Circa. Although the dishes and decor weren’t particularly extraordinary, it was an overall pleasant brunch for a reasonable price.
The Bitches say: B for its good service, quality food and cocktails, and comfortable environment.
Circa at Clarendon
3010 Clarendon Blvd.
Circa at Clarendon serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.