Last month, I teamed up with Necessary & Proper to host a fashionable brunch at Town Hall in Glover Park. Necessary and Proper is a lifestyle blog written by Lauren and Van, two law students, friends and District residents. The site showcases classic D.C. style, entertainment, and social events amidst their close friends and peers.
The gentlemen and Lauren arrived first, mingling in the perfect fall weather on Town Hall’s enormous back patio. “The well-groomed men, sporting corduroy and cashmere, did not disappoint—but it was the women who really wowed,” said Van. “As they entered the patio, decked out in dresses and heels, baubles and bling, the gay boys squealed ‘You. Look. Fabulous!'”
Prior to sitting down and ordering, we spent a good hour or so buzzing about, drinking mimosas and chattering on the lovely patio on this early fall day. Town Hall’s mimosas are served with a quality cava and fresh OJ. From start to finish they were deliciously light and frothy, impressing this hard-to-please fashionable bunch. The price tag on mimosas is typically $9 a piece, but Lauren arranged for our party to have a $15 bottomless option—a benefit that comes with being a regular at this neighborhood establishment.
We all began to take our seats at the 14-person shaded patio table, decorated with lovely fall floral arrangements crafted by Lauren. We looked up to find that, like middle school, the table was split by gender (though sexual preference was homogenous).
“Here here,” quipped one of the boys, politely tapping his champagne flute with a knife. “The gay contingent would like to request equal treatment under the laws of brunch. Seating arrangements must alternate gay-to-gal.” And thus the chairs began to shuffle, with bow-tied gents pulling out the chairs for the ladies to the sounds of bangles jingling and champagne flutes clinking.
The very dapper Van and the lovely Lauren were situated at the heads of the table, which was littered with designer sunglasses and unique iPhone cases, which were picked up often for the purpose of Instagram.
We began with several orders of mozzarella sticks, which were enormous, not too breaded, properly fried and just really damn good. Town Hall’s brunch menu offers plenty of options, from hearty to healthy, and it’s reliability for good food that hits the spot has become notorious.
As we were a table of girls and gays, there were several salads ordered. Town Hall’s salads surely are impressive—enormous, creative and filled to the brim with fresh veggies and accoutrements. Allison and Lindsey each had the chicken salad, which is a favorite of many Glover Park gals. It’s a Southwestern style salad, made with roasted chicken, mixed greens, cotija, corn & black bean salsa, tortilla strips, chipotle barbeque, and avocado ranch.
Meanwhile, Danny had the steak salad, with marinated flat iron steak, mixed greens, hard egg, capers, red onion, tomato, croutons, and Dijon vinaigrette. That had this vegetarian’s mouth watering.
Van, who was clad in Ralph Lauren pants, shirt and bow tie with Oliver People’s sunnies, ordered the “Eggs in the Middle,” two thick pieces of toast complete with a delicious baked egg in each. He says, “The serving was ample and yet the dish still had me in the ‘Clean Plate Club'” there was nary a home fry left on the plate! Brunch was scrumptious and the mimosas perfectly mixed. Request the back patio; it’s the perfect spot for a fall brunch, with just the right amount of sun and shade to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on a beautiful day.”
Lauren looked stunning in a Tucker skirt with pheasants, a silk JCrew blouse, Michael Kors heels and a stack of bracelets and baubles from JCrew, David Yurman, Jennifer Zeuner and Calypso, and opted for a traditional brekkie of eggs, bacon and toast.
She says, “Town Hall is my favorite brunch spot and has been since I first moved to the area in 2006. I pretty much always order the same thing: two eggs over easy, a side of toast and a side of bacon. I am pretty fussy about food (shocker!) and appreciate that Town Hall always accommodates my precise orders. Their new location, with the huge back patio, adds a dynamic that is hard to come by in DC.”
I split two dishes with my lovely, classically stylish and dear friend Diana, who was clad in lovely grey fisherman’s swearer, Burberry pleated skirt, silver jack Rogers, and Ray Ban Aviators, and toting a black textured Louis Vuitton Alma handbag.
First up, the white omelet, filled with spinach, asparagus and goat cheese, and served with a side of home fries. This was delicious—and healthy, all things being relative. The home fries were really yummy—properly spiced, salted and fried. I rarely find myself getting so excited about an omelet.
Second, the Belgian waffle, which I requested be served with blueberries and whipped cream. The waffle alone was amazing—far better than your run-of-the-mill buffet Belgian. This one tasted of buttermilk, was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. We topped it with the huge bowl of blueberries and the vat of house-made whipped cream—strategically dumping both on it in two quick swoops.
We stayed on the patio, chatting and sipping mimosas in the sunshine, straight through the day until 6 p.m. Town Hall’s ambiance is perfect for that sort of thing—and sticking with a stylish bunch made it all the more perfect.
The Necessary Bitches say: A+. A great neighborhood spot that is worth the trip even if you live elsewhere. The patio is heavenly, it’s great for watching sports, and the food is reliably delicious.
2218 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Town Hall serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays.