Let’s be clear: brunching out on New Year’s Day is not a normal barometer of the quality of service or food you can expect at any given restaurant. Having said that, in my opinion, if you’re not awesome all the time, you’re not awesome.
We were sans-hangover for the first New Year’s Day in a while, so my husband, Gavin, and I took a family morning walk to the coffee shop with our pup, Mojo, before heading to Declaration, a restaurant in our neighborhood of Shaw. Declaration is the latest concept from PRG Hospitality, which also owns two other Presidential themed restaurants—Lincoln and Teddy and the Bully Bar. We were really having an all-American weekend.
The Shaw pizza spot was going with an 80s theme for New Year’s Day brunch, which was more random than cute. The experience was different than a normal Sunday in that we were brunching to the rhythms of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, while trying to track down a waitress in a neon tutu. There was an acne skincare infomercial on the TV near our table for a solid 30 minutes, not exactly the most appetizing background noise.
The brunch deal at Declaration is $40 for all-you-can-eat-and-drink, which definitely sounds like a steal. And honestly, if you’re with a big group, who all just ran a marathon, it would be great. But, after perusing the menu of pizzas, big egg sandwiches, and other hearty entrees, we quickly did the math and realized we could not stomach more than one dish each, and an appetizer. So, it would have cost us more to participate in the all-you-can-eat deal. I also noticed that they didn’t list the a la carte price for brunch drinks, so I inquired. We learned they charge a whopping $11 for a mimosa or $10 for a Bloody Mary! I wouldn’t list those prices, either.