Any small business owner or entrepreneur knows: The end of the year is brutal.
For us—we started this website four years ago as a hobby, and now it’s a full-fledged side business—the end of the year means buckling down, making decisions, and generally being bad-ass Business Bitches over many meetings.
Finances, paperwork, taxes, Best & Worst of the Year judging. These are all much better handled over mimosas and eggs. And so we linked up on 14th Street one very cold Sunday morning and trekked north, laptops in tow, to Mike Isabella’s new joint, Kapnos.
The Greek restaurant and its accompanying sandwich joint made a lot of buzz when it opened last fall. It wasn’t unwarranted: We both, separately, had ridiculously extravagant and tasty dinners there prior to trying its brunch.
We were a bit shocked to see that the restaurant was nearly empty on a Sunday morning, but grateful because it allowed us to commandeer the long high top tables in the bar area and completely cover them with our electronics and paper.
First up? Coffee to get us fueled up for work. It arrived quickly, and so we moved on to cocktails. Kapnos offers a great selection of flavored mimosas, with the prosecco served on tap at $9 a piece or $18 for bottomless.
Cori Sue selected the grapefruit first, and then continued on to the pineapple lemongrass, which is her new favorite cocktail. Becca started, and stuck with, the pomegranate cardamom. The others were just a bit too sweet for her taste.
We loved our mimosas, but Kapnos also serves Bloody Marys and kegged lemonades, such as gin rum or rye lemonade. Their cocktails are made lovingly from the long bar and served up with flourish, as they’re all extraordinarily pretty.
The server was new, and therefore a bit unknowledgeable, but she was quick to get our questions answered by someone in the know. We were there for several hours, and she managed to be accommodating without being bothersome. She continually topped off our coffee to keep it hot, and we appreciated the constant caffeination.
We ordered the pikilia, a sampling of three spreads: tzatziki, tyrokafteri (feta, smoked manori, grains of paradise), and taramasalata (carp roe, caviar, cauliflower). The spreads come with the most amazing, enormous pita bread, which is seasoned with oil, salt, and spices and served piping hot. It is the best pita bread, perhaps ever.
Cori Sue lives for the taramasalata, which is rich, creamy and flavorful. The tzatziki was refreshing and cool. The tyrokafteri, a nice counterpart to its plate brethren.
We ordered the pressed toast, which was filled with roasted apple made with whipped mizithra and truffle honey. It was perfectly toasted and warm and gooey inside. However, it was our least favorite dish of all.
The yogurt parfait certainly was unique, with greek yogurt, roasted charred pineapple and a crunchy, salty sesame tahini granola that added a savory, spicy, salty touch. It is definitely the most unique yogurt parfait we’ve had to date.
The spit chicken and waffles was unique. Exceptionally sweet, as it was covered in Greek honey. The chicken was cooked perfectly, but the waffle portion was small. The waffles themselves were made of crispy grains, so they have a nice texture.
Cori Sue went the (un)healthy route and selected the Greek coffee waffle. This dish is a coffee lovers dream: a chocolate, espresso waffle topped with cinnamon butter, house-made whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
We loved the food and service at Kapnos, and tend to prefer a bottomless mimosa as an add-on to a meal, rather than included in the prix fixe. However, our jaws did drop a little when we saw the bill ($150 for two people!).
Thankfully, this was a business meeting. Finances, paperwork, taxes, Best & Worst of the Year judging? Check, check, check, check! On the Business Bitches’ VISA it went. Wheo, year-end!
The Bitches say: A. Kapnos serves up gourmet Greek food that’s unique and delicious.
2201 14th St. N.W.
Kapnos serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.