Brunch on 14th Street never gets old. That is, as long as it continues to meet the required, Bitch-approved criteria. Provision No. 14 embodies the hustle and bustle of 14th Street shopping and social life with the added flavors of a classic D.C. brunch.
Provision No. 14 has all the vibes of a rustic, Midwestern bar, but without the smell of stale beer and the feeling of your shoes sticking to the floor. It’s contemporary, comfortable, and pretty damn sleek. Upon entry, we were greeted by large smiles and eager hospitality, always a good way to start a meal.
The menu offers a combination of American comfort food, signature Southern dishes, and trendy eats. We needed to try a bit of everything. As always, cocktails first, and they were much-needed on this frigid morning. I got a Bloody Mary and my roommate had a blackberry mimosa.
As for food, we took a good amount of time to peruse the options. We started with the breakfast tots. For our entrees, I ordered the avocado toast with blackened salmon, and my roommate chose the fried chicken with a biscuit, and for dessert, the pound cake French toast.
The drinks arrived and we were both very pleased. The blackberry mimosa was unique, refreshing, and bubbly, but still had that mimosa flavor that she craved. My Bloody Mary was delicious, standard, and definitely strong. I could feel a head rush and myself getting tipsy as I slurped it down.
After those drinks, we required food in our bellies. The breakfast tots were the perfect hangover cure. Salty, slightly charred mozzarella cheese covered the entire dish. The tots remained crispy without being oily, and the seasoning accompanied by bacon bits were awesome added savory components.
I definitely think they needed some more saucy components, this is where hot sauce comes in for me, but ketchup sufficed for the roomie.
Our entrees arrived and we were stunned. It’s important I note that the portions at Provision No.14 are giant. My avocado toast was huge, on two pieces of Texas toast and came with a large dinner portion of salmon. Although I was expecting more of a smoked salmon sprinkled over my toast, I can’t really complain because the salmon was well seasoned and cooked perfectly.
My avo toast, however, was slightly disappointing. It was served on white bread on top of salad. Not only did the bread become soggy on the bottom because of the salad, but it also was soggy because white bread just can’t withstand the creaminess of mashed avo, which was also not seasoned at all. I love bread and I love avocado, so it wasn’t a total loss, but there’s definitely better avocado toast in this city.
The chicken and biscuit combo also came with mini fried potatoes and was really tasteful and well executed (again, huge portion). The chicken was moist and drizzled with honey which really tied everything together. Who knew home fries were so delicious in the sticky stuff?
Tackling these massive dishes was no easy task, but we managed to muscle through to dessert. I love to opt for the French toast because it’s really a brunch classic and every restaurant does it differently. At Provision No.14, the French toast is pound cake French toast. I repeat: pound cake. How decadent! This was certainly one of most densely-delicious, heart-attack-inducing dishes I have ever enjoyed.
Accompanied by cold and fresh whipped cream, this dish couldn’t have been more awesome. But, you’ll need several friends to finish it—and it’s far too sweet to order as a main dish.
The Bitches say: A-. Portions are huge, vibes are young and trendy, libations are cool, and besides some minor preferred circumstances, food is great.
Provision 14 serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m-4 p.m. (202) 827-4530