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Poste Brunch

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A note from the Bitches: this restaurant is now closed. It’s been rebranded to Dirty Habit. 

I’m a big fan of a few things— brunch, delicious food, and sustainability.  As such, I was simply dying to try brunch at Poste Moderne Brasserie. Chef Robert Weland’s a bit of a big deal—and his menus look delish. Even more exciting is Poste’s eco-friendly practices—they have an organic vegetable and herb garden on site—which they use in their meals! They use biodegradable utensils, straws, and packaging. They compost. They serve organic wines, coffees, and juices.I’m also a bit of a history geek, so it’s nifty that Poste is located in the original 1841 General Post Office.  The restaurant space is lovely—big and spacey with lofty ceilings and lots of skylights.

But let’s get to the food. To begin, they bring you a complimentary bread basket with cranberry scones, cranberry orange pound cake, and cranberry walnut bread (notice a trend?)—all very delish and a nice touch.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

For an appetizer we ordered the house-made donuts—stuffed with chocolate, lemon curd, and strawberry rhubarb fillings and accompanied by a mini-strawberry cream soda. The donuts were yummy and unique, but a bit overly doughy—and not as good as the donuts I had the day before at Tallula.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

For our entrees, I had a Farm Egg Omelette, which contained only mushrooms—no other veggies. It was OK—and the potatoes had great flavor, but were super greasy—the oil pooled on the plate.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Boyfriend had the Serrano Ham and Manchego Baguette, which was short on the manchego.  The smoked paprika chips were light and flavorful, but, again, the entrée was nothing to write home about.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Most importantly—the bill—iced tea, orange juice, donuts, two entrees, tax, and tip—was $70! I’m no cheapo, but $70 is pretty hefty for a mediocre, alcohol-free brunch for two.

The bitches say: B… food was slightly above average, service was good, and prices were high. We do love the ambiance and the green mission.

Poste Moderne Brasserie
555 8th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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  1. Oh gosh – I ate brunch there once while staying at the Hotel Monaco (which was lovely, adore hotels in historic buildings) and had a very similar experience! So sad because it could be much better. I remember being shocked by the bill too, but luckily it was a work expense!

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