You know those mornings when you can’t decide whether to get up to eat or just stay in bed all day? That was me last Sunday. After a wild Saturday party brunch at The Manor the day before, I just didn’t have it in me to get myself together to be seen in public. But after previewing the brunch menu at The Pub and the People, my rumbling stomach won out over my laziness.
My Beau Who Brunches and I moseyed over the Bloomingdale joint just before 2 p.m. (Thank God they serve brunch until 3 p.m.!) This cozy neighborhood spot has an amazing bar and a fun happy hour I frequent after a long week at work.
The Pub and the People doesn’t take reservations, but we walked in and sat right down. The service, though casual, was attentive and warm. As I surveyed my fellow diners, I was relieved to see that nearly everyone in the restaurant was in sweatpants or workout clothes. It’s refreshing to find a spot that doesn’t have a requisite to dress up like so many other Washington restaurants.
We got right down to business with water and cocktails. I ordered the mimosa, which was a generous pour, despite not being available as a bottomless option. Andrew had the Bloody Mary. With plenty of spice, runny consistency and a hint of citrus, it was a no-frills Bloody, which he appreciated. For those looking for a bit more oomph, they also offer bacon on top and a Smirnoff premium Bloody Mary. Pub and the People also offers Screwdrivers, Orange Crushes, Irish coffees, as well as a few other options.
As we perused the menu, I was pleased to see a good variety of options. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians, though not as many gluten free, but I appreciate that they designate both on their menu to make it easy for people with dietary restrictions.