If you haven’t heard of Lincoln Park Kitchen and Wine Bar, it’s okay—we hadn’t either. It’s a small neighborhood restaurant tucked away on a corner of Lincoln Park in the mostly residential Hill East. But after being invited for brunch, it was clear it’s been flying under the radar for others too. At 12:30 p.m. on a Sunday (a.k.a prime brunch hours), the restaurant was nearly empty.
Upon entry, you’ll notice a sunny table by the window that looks inviting, but the rest of the restaurant gives off an artificial vibe. The library decor feels forced and the high tops in the back are shrouded in dingy lighting.
First, mimosas. There was no drink menu, so who knows what I could have ordered, but the bottomless deal for mimosas and Bloody Marys was a mere $10. Standalone, they cost about $8, so even with a two-hour time limit, it was a reasonable deal.
We found that the menu consisted mostly of standard, uninspiring brunch fare. The only inventive dish was the apple cider-sage brined game hen on a vanilla glazed doughnut, so naturally I had to try it. Complete with cinnamon Maple syrup and collard greens, the dish was a nice twist on fried chicken and donuts. The doughnut tasted like a Krispy Kreme (I love Krispy Kremes as much as the next girl, but I would have liked to see a homemade touch). I thought the dish was a tad sweet but yummy nonetheless. Unfortunately, that was the only highlight of our meal.
Andrew ordered the traditional Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. The presentation was a bit sad and the benedict was just average. The home fries, however, were tasty. We also tried a side of the gruyere and cheddar mac n’ cheese. I thought it would be pretty hard to mess up mac n’ cheese, but even this cheese tasted burnt.
To top things off, the espresso machine was broken, so Andrew settled for a hot cup of coffee after the meal. Our waiter accidentally dropped the wrong check, but was perfectly gracious about changing it.
The Bitches say: C. This neighborhood spot is a decent option if you live in the area, but the food and ambiance are unremarkable.
Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar
106 13th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar serves brunch on Sundays, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.