A note from the Bitches: Our best Boy Bitch Josh is back with another review. Josh and Cori Sue went to Gospel brunch together a few Sundays ago. There was music, gossip, carbo-loading and Bitching galore. Here’s Josh’s take, approved by Cori Sue.
Gospel Brunch at the Hamilton is not something one goes to, it is something one experiences. Full disclosure, I’m solidly and stubbornly anti-Clyde’s group restaurants as a general rule. I feel they cater to the most mediocre of cuisines and clientele. Had I not seen their info at the front door of The Hamilton, I would not have believed it was their work. Walking through the bar toward the stairs down to the gospel brunch, I found the decorations tasteful and the crowd lively.
The brunch itself is a buffet style affair—$25 gets you in the door with a ticket for a mimosa, Bloody Mary or soda, and features live music. Seating is first-come, first-serve at tables seating anywhere from 2-12 people. Dress it up folks, this crowd had obviously come from church and looked it. My decision to forgo jeans was a wise one. Cori Sue appeared in a sundress and hair bow, of course, so we fit right in.
The food is a blend of traditional breakfast favorites and Southern style brunch options. Vegetarians will be happy to find a large variety of options on this buffet that easily finds something for even the fussiest eater. The standouts, however, are the Southern dishes: chicken gumbo, cheddar shrimp and grits, BBQ pork hash and that most delicious of all—chicken and waffles. My advice, get a half waffle, pile on two pieces of chicken and butter, then douse it in syrup. Delicious.
(Give the other half to your non-meat-eating date).
As for Cori Sue, her first plate consisted entirely yellow (no judgement) mac n’ cheese, shrimp n’ grits, potatoes and eggs and girlfriend chowed down the entire thing (again, no judgement).
Outside of those dishes, the main allure of the food is the sheer amount. It’s nothing to rave about, but nothing to get too up in arms over either. The affair spread out over several locations throughout the dining room, including an omelet station close to the stage. This can make hitting each one in one trip difficult, but it does diffuse the lines rather well. The dessert selection is ample, I never saw any empty serving dish and the staff was perfectly attentive.
The music on this particular Sunday was Jacques Johnson and Friends, a jazz and blues group featuring a talented female singer who brought the soul, the funk and the dance moves. Every table provides a great view of the stage, and from our view we were able to converse and girl talk our way through brunch without having to yell, which was great. Her covers of popular favorite like “This Little Light of Mine,” “Whole World in My Hands,” “I Know A Place,” “I’ll take You There,” and “I’ll Fly Away” were inspired and fun for the crowd.
My take on The Hamilton’s gospel brunch: come early—there are 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings—and leave full. It’s a great place to come and enjoy live music, good food and open seating, it would be perfect for that day when you have maybe six or maybe ten people coming, and need flexible space. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The $25 price tag is a steal in all honesty considering you could conceivably eat your weight in food along and you get a show and a drink included. Hallelujah!
The Bitches say: A for an amazing experience! The food, if compared to all brunch cuisine, is a B-. If compared to buffet food, it’s an A. Make sense? We’re converted.
600 14th St. N.W.
The Hamilton Gospel brunch is only Sundays, but regular brunch is both Saturdays and Sundays.