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Rosemary’s Thyme Brunch

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With all the brunch options, a restaurant really needs to stand out in one of two ways–(1) phenomenal food and a spectacular ambiance, regardless of the price, or (2) affordable comforting cuisine. Greek restaurant Rosemary’s Thyme falls into the second category. As Salman, who brunched with me last Saturday, adequately summarizes, “It was an incredibly awesome average brunch.”

Saturday, I sat on the restaurant’s large patio with Salman and his wife, Adrienne, my sophomore year roommate. Since our days sharing a teensy tiny attic room in the sorority house, Adrienne traveled the world, living in Bologna, Italy, and Cairo, where she met her Pakistani husband. It seemed only natural I would be reuniting with this 21st century global couple over International cuisine.

rosemarys-outside

We spent several hours catching up on the patio, which is lovely. Says Adrienne, “The wooden picnicky chairs and tables were an affront to my eyes, but not my bum. They were surprisingly comfortable and encourage a long-drawn out chatty brunch, as did the generally good company. The wooden chairs give it a folksy, neighborhood feel.”

While Greek in name, there was not much about Rosemary’s brunch that was decidedly Greek in cuisine. The restaurant has a decent beer selection–Salman ordered a beer and Adrienne and I opted for iced coffees, which were crucial when killer-hot temperatures exhaust you the moment you wake.
rosemarys-bread

Along with the beverages, the waiter brought out a basket of fresh, warm wheat bread with butter and jelly. Not the most impressive bread basket I’ve seen, but a pleasant, complimentary, addition.

Both Salman and I ordered quiches–Salman had the bacon and I chose the spinach, which had cheese and onions as well. Both quiches were served with home fries, fruit, and a side of Hollandaise for dipping. Priced at nine dollars and change, the plates provided a lot of food at a low price.
rosemarys-spinachquiche

“The quiche was filling,” says Salman. “That was what I liked most about it, as I have been to too many overpriced brunches that I leave from still hungry. It was soft and moist in the center, which offset the slightly dry crust.”

By contrast, I found the inside of my quiche too moist, and the crust buttery and flakey rather than dry. But, in true Bitches fashion, everyone is entitled to their opinions.

Adrienne chose the Eggs Florentine, which included a poached egg, english muffin, tomatoes, spinach, and Hollandaise. The dish was also served with potatoes and fruit. She said the eggs were too runny, but that overall it was decent.
rosemarys-florentine
We concluded with creme brulée, topped with fresh raspberries. The dessert was good, but nothing memorable or worth writing home about. The brulée’s crust was perfectly crispy, but the dish lacked flavor.
rosemarys-cremebrulee

The Bitches say: C+. Overall, Rosemary’s Thyme is affordable, decent cuisine– a great go-to if you live in the neighborhood. If you don’t, it’s not worth the trip. The restaurant lacks the finesse of finer restaurants and fails to take the care needed to prepare dishes perfectly.

Rosemary’s Thyme
1808 18th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 332-3200

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