I had plans to meet my best friend from middle school, Emily, and her boyfriend, Scott, for a brunch double date in Clarendon. I suggested we check out Oby Lee Creperie and Winery. I know what you’re thinking right now, “if there was a winery and/or creperie in Arlington, I would know about it.” Well, that’s what I was thinking, at least. I recently discovered Oby Lee on Instagram and immediately made reservations. The lovely owner, Oby, generously provided brunch on the house.
Oby Lee is a casual establishment. You order at the counter and pick up your food to bring to your table. We snagged a sunny spot by the window and waited for Emily and Scott to arrive. We ordered our mimosas and took in all of the wine on display. Our mimosas arrived–strawberry for me and mango for my date–and they were without a doubt the prettiest drinks I’ve sipped on in D.C. Even better? They tasted delicious as well. Not syrupy, and just enough bubbly.
When Emily and Scott arrived we ordered the avocado and Gorgonzola crostinis and put in our crepe orders. The crostinis were stunning. Not only were the actual toasts beautiful, but the presentation was gorgeous. The avocado, tomato, bacon, and balsamic toasts were bursting with flavor. The bacon was salty and very crispy which balanced out the creaminess from the avocado. Never mind how tasty and fresh everything was–you should order this dish just for the Insta alone.
The Gorgonzola and walnut crostini was no different. It was just as pretty and delicious. The warm, melted cheese perfectly complemented the crunchy nuttiness of the walnuts. It was drizzled with honey for just a touch of sweetness. You know it’s a good dish when everyone politely fights over the last piece.
Our savory crepes arrived and we couldn’t believe our eyes. They were massive and beautifully plated. I ordered the EGGnormous with bacon and artisan cheeses, Andres ordered the steak and eggs, and Emily ordered the polska kielbasa and eggs. Scott, who is new to brunching, apparently ate a whole pizza before our 12:30 p.m. reservation because he “couldn’t wait.” He was full upon arrival. But he was definitely jealous–I could tell.
My EGGnormous was stuffed with cheese and three eggs and generously topped with crunchy strips of bacon. A side of greens with raspberry vinaigrette was present on every savory crepe dish. This crepe was so yummy I could have sworn I was back in Paris. The thin pancake was delicious and not too sweet that it clashed with the eggs and bacon. I would definitely order this meal again.
Andres ordered the steak and eggs and scarfed his down so fast I almost didn’t have time to steal a bite. This crepe was made with two sunny side up eggs, onion, and steak. The steak reminded us more a gyro meat, not so much pieces of filet in a crepe. The steak was incredibly flavorful and tasty. The eggs were cooked perfectly and he loved that the crepe was there to soak up all of the runny egg.
Emily lived in Germany for a year as an Au pair, which is where she met Scott (so cute, right?). So, she knew exactly what polska kielbasa was and apparently loved it–for those who don’t know, it’s essentially sausage. Her crepe was made with three eggs, sausage, and artisan cheeses. Her sausage came out beautifully cut and made her dish so much prettier. She said it was authentic and reminded her of the food she loved in Germany.
Oby also sent out the lox crepe with creme fraiche, dill, runny eggs, and gruyere. The lox was fresh and paired well with the runny eggs and creme fraiche. Emily was very happy because she was deciding between the kielbasa and lox–so she got to try both and was a very happy camper.
Before our sweet crepes arrived, Oby sent out some beverages for us to try. The spiked cider was, again, beautiful and delicious. The apple slice had a heart cut out of it and personal cinnamon stick. It was too cute.
We also all got to try the new Bicerin coffee beverages on the menu. This drink was equal parts coffee and chocolate and topped with a cream that comes from Turin, Italy. I was sad to ruin the gorgeous and skillful design on mine, but I wanted to get to the chocolate on the bottom. I don’t even really like coffee, but I loved this chocolate and coffee combo. Everyone greatly enjoyed these special treats.
Now onto the sweet, dessert crepes. I ordered the s’mores crepe and Andres ordered the apple cobbler crepe to share. Both of these masterpieces were exquisitely plated and designed. My s’mores crepe was stuffed with dark chocolate, marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and topped with a scoop of vanilla gelato. I devoured this–I almost forgot to offer some to anyone else. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and marshmallows–but Oby Lee sure does it well.
I couldn’t partake in the apple cobbler due to an unfortunate apple allergy I only recently discovered judging an apple pie contest for BWB. However, my tablemates assured me it was delicious and one of the best apple cobblers they’ve ever tasted. We should also mention that Oby Lee offers gluten-free and dairy-free crepe batter–it has something for every diner.
As if we could eat anymore, Oby sent out two more desserts for us to try. A thirty layer lemon cake made of crepes and sugar and an apple tartlet. The lemon crepe cake puts any lemon bar you’ve ever had to shame. Somehow it was light and airy for having thirty layers of crepe and cream. The apple tartlet came with another apple slice with a heart in it–again, it was adorable and delicious.
We can’t wait to go back to Oby Lee for happy hours and Polish night–which we hear gets very rowdy. The chef is Polish and also happens to be Oby’s fiancé–as if this restaurant couldn’t get any cuter.
The Bitches say: A. It’s a casual dining experience that offers elevated food at an affordable price. There’s something for everyone at Oby Lee–I mean, who doesn’t love a crepe?
Oby Lee Winery and Creperie opens for brunch on the weekends at 9 a.m.