I’d been meaning to check out Quarter & Glory since visiting for cocktails for our Thirsty Thursday series. The old school American cocktail bar was totally empty when we walked in last Sunday, giving us ample opportunity to marvel at the space. The bookshelves, leather booths, and wood paneling really set a scene. I can see how it’s super popular for a drink in the early evening and into the night. (Read our Thirsty Thursday review.)
And as is such, we were excited to dive into the cocktail menu. At brunch, Quarter + Glory offers your classic cocktails, along with beer, wine, and carafes of punch or mimosas. Derek selected a Michelada, made with 21st Amendment’s El Sully Mexican lager. The spiced rim was delightful and gave the drink a refreshing kick.
Alex opted for the Call Me, a cocktail with gin, Giffard Pamplemousse Rosé, honey, and champagne. It was strong, effervescent, and slightly sweet—the perfect cocktail for a late Sunday morning. We declared it one of the better brunch cocktails we’ve ever had. I tried the blood orange mimosa. I was excited to switch things up with the fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, but unfortunately all I could taste was the flat sparkling wine.
As this was my guests’ first time brunching with a Bitch, I assured them that we must order the ricotta fritters in accordance with Bitch Rule #3. Without order we would have chaos, after all. They happily obliged, and soon we were digging into piping hot fried ricotta balls with a tasty, homemade, raspberry compote. The fritters were rather bland, so the compote really made the dish.
The group agreed that we needed to try the breakfast poutine. With tater tots, sausage gravy, curds, and a poached egg, this dish was, unsurprisingly, super filling. We were impressed with the sausage gravy, which was done in the classic Southern style and added a necessary saturation and extra flavor to the bowl.
We were also set on the fried chicken sandwich. The juicy, fried chicken breast with bacon, lettuce and tomato was a standout—but it was the cheddar jalapeno waffle that elevated the other flavors, rather than counteracting it with something sweet. The spicy honey served on the side was a great addition and played up that umami flavor.
To finish with something sweet, we decided on the sourdough pancakes. Sourdough can be a bit unpredictable in a skillet, so we were a bit overwhelmed by three massive pancakes. The sourdough was rather dull in flavor alone, but the bourbon orange syrup, seasonal berries, and light dusting of powdered sugar gave it that requisite sweetness.
The chef informed us that they make all the syrups and honey in house, which was very cool. The syrup was still warm in the bottle when I went to pour it on my pancakes.
After a shot of Mezcal and a long wait for our check, we were ready to go. The service was very kind, despite being inexplicably absent towards the end of our meal. Still, the low price point and joviality of the staff more than made up for it.
The Bitches say: B+. This American bar serves up unique brunch items at a very reasonable price. Come for a hearty meal and stay for inventive cocktails in a handsome space.
Quarter + Glory
2017 14th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009