Arlington’s Courthouse area probably isn’t everyone’s first option when selecting a brunch neighborhood. After all, Clarendon is just one metro stop away and boasts a wide assortment of restaurants and bars for your choosing. Courthaus Social has been around for several years now, and they’re looking to introduce a new audience of diners and their beloved pups to a Biergarten brunch fit for hungry patrons.
My friend Addison and I were greeted by Mike the general manager, who took great care in asking about our preferences before suggesting some options. I used to live and work in the Courthouse area, so I was pretty familiar with Courthaus Social’s spread. In spite of that, I wanted our trusty hosts to take the reins for this experience.
While not available for brunch, I encourage you to visit Courthaus Social on another occasion and try their Reuben rolls, which are my personal favorite. All natural corned beef and Swiss cheese wrapped in a flaky shell, what’s not to love? In lieu of the rolls, we chose another diner favorite as an appetizer: the Big Haus pretzel.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s just a pretzel, there’s nothing fancy about it and it’s something I’ve eaten at other restaurants. Well, you’ve probably never dipped yours in Courthaus’ beer cheese sauce, which is “Haus-made” and bursting with cheesy flavor. Most cheeses tend to harden up as they cool. Not at Courthaus, which is even more incentive to dip it in everything.
When we gave Mike complete control over our next course, we certainly did not expect this. Addison and I both ordered beer cocktails to begin, mine infused with strawberry and vodka with orange juice for her.
I’ve always wondered how I would fare with a bloody Mary dressed to the nines. I finally found out when Mike emerged with two heaping portions of the classic cocktail adorned with fried chicken strips, bacon-wrapped shrimp, olives and a variety of cheeses. Mike tells us it’s a new menu item they haven’t unveiled yet, and we were one of the first guests to try the drink. This all sits atop Haus-made Bloody Mary mix and vodka, with some Tabasco sauce for heat. Acidic, not too bitter with a spicy aftertaste are my rules for the ideal bloody and this one checks all boxes.
We selected Nutella pancakes and Haus Benedict for our entrée. Nutella is one of those hit and miss type of ingredients, since eateries feel the need to incorporate the nutty spread on just about anything, I often avoid it. I thoroughly impressed with this dish. The pancakes were thick, fluffy, not too sweet and the perfect stack for someone who had already loaded their stomach with carbs.
The Haus Benedict was overwhelmingly large, but accurately portioned between all three components. The eggs were a bitch too poached, but the Hollandaise sauce had just the right level of creamy. The fingerling potatoes were salty thanks to the cheese and crispy enough to pass as thick fries. Our brunch experience was enjoyable; however, my only regret was we didn’t have a chance to see any of the dogs outside on their pup-friendly patio. Canine owners, bring your adorable furry friends with you next time you choose to eat at Courthaus.
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Courthaus Social is poised to become one of Arlington’s go-to biergarten’s and not just Liverpool fans looking for a weekend spot to watch soccer.
Courthaus Social serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.