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Warehouse Bar & Grill Brunch

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Brunch with my mother and my best friend goes something like this:

“I’m dating the man of my dreams. We’re going to get married and have lots of babies.”

“Ugh. I can’t even think about men. Who needs them?”

“I’m in a relationship with my kitchen. It’s quite a healthy one, actually.”

We were sitting in the back of the Warehouse Bar & Grill, an Old Town restaurant right on King Street that could easily be mistaken for a tourist trap from the outside. It was just the three of us, and we were quite cozy, sipping our delicious cappuccinos in the charming restaurant, and gossiping about life, love, and real estate.

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It’s funny what happens when I put my mother with my girlfriends. There is no age—they are all my closest friends, the ones I share my deepest secrets with—when we’re around a table.

Warehouse is an older (“historic,” they say) restaurant, but it’s well kept. There are white linen table cloths and mahogany accents throughout. The walls in the entrance and along the stairs to the second floor are lined with original artwork—caricatures, faces of the local gentry, some three-dimensional, in squares.

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The name doesn’t do the place justice. This is not a warehouse, nor is it a bar-and-grill-type pub. At first impression, it’s a café of sorts, with a long bar connecting two dining rooms.

The service was fantastic. Our waiter was exceptionally attentive and kind. In fact, the service was so good it made us overlook the flaws in the food. He just swept us off our feet with his charm. Our coffee was refilled without asking, our plates whisked away without us even noticing. It made the brunch flow smoothly—and it’s wonderful when you don’t have any interruptions to a meal, especially when you’re in the thick of some good gossip.

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With your brunch order, you get a choice of champagne with strawberries, or strawberries and cream with powdered cinnamon on top. I got the champagne, which was warm and tasted a bit like the bottle had been open for a day or two. But, even though it was no ice cold Veuve Clicquot, it was still a nice complimentary touch to the meal.

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The strawberries and cream dish was so simple and refreshing. This should be served before brunch everywhere. It refreshed the palette between multiple cups of coffee and our brunch entrees. Also, they do leave a basket of bread slices on the table, but the bread is a bit tough, and the butter hard to slice into. Perhaps that’s their unintentional nod to tough French bread.

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Warehouse claims it is expert in aged steaks and seafood, but really the menu showed it to be a southern Louisiana-style French restaurant. There’s everything from Po’Boys to Creole Alligator Stew to Crawfish and Shrimp Beignets.

The best part of the brunch was that the dishes came with a side of steamed vegetables—instead of the normal greasy breakfast potatoes. It was a great surprise, and we ladies felt slightly more healthy because of it. The eggs Benny was standard—the egg properly poached, with a Tasso ham hollandaise.

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The Eggs Hussarde was similar. The New Orleans specialty was simply Eggs Benedict with the addition of grilled sliced tomato and a red wine sauce. Though, the tomato wasn’t really grilled. And, also, we suspect, it might have made the Bitch who ate it a bit ill later that day. Oof.

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The open-faced omelet came covered with ruffle chips. They weren’t particularly spicy or tasty, but added a nice texture to the dish once they were broken up. The omelet itself was covered with onions and andouille sausage.

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For dessert, I really wanted chocolate beignets, or some kind of fluffy dessert beignets. Alas, they had none on the menu—a big disappointment considering the rest of their menu is so Cajun. Instead, we ordered the chocolate hazelnut crème brulee, which was a beautiful dish, very rich, and perfect to share between three gossiping girls.

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The Bitches say: B+ Great service in a welcoming restaurant with personality, average food but with a few creative touches.

Warehouse Bar & Grill
214 King Street
Alexandria, V.A.
(703)683-6868

Warehouse Bar & Grill serves Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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  1. Hi ladies,

    Love your site. Went to warehouse yesterday 12/20/15 for a double bday brunch based largely on your awesome site and review.

    Just wanted to share that our experience was marked by an unpleasant experience.

    A dear friend arrived late and was directed to the wrong table based on the color of her skin.

    Doesn’t matter if the free brunch cocktail was a nice touch or the lack of music was eerie or the service was rushed after we ordered…

    The host made an appalling assumption that my friend had to be coming in to join the one table which was at the time the only table of Black patrons.

    We told him and our waiter we’d be expecting 3 late guests. 2 guests made it to our table okay.

    I texted my 3rd friend and told her out table was at the back of the restaurant. She arrived and told the host this. He looked at her and insisted her party was upstairs. She asked if he was sure as she again said that we had told her we were in the back and he said yes upstairs. When she got upstairs, my friend saw the all Black table.

    When I spoke to the manager in duty he didn’t seem to understand to problem with the assumption and blamed the business of the day. Funny how if the host just looked up our name and didn’t make an assumption based on skin color business volume would not matter.

    We are not going back. Has nothing to do with your review!

    I just wanted to share our experience.

    Thanks for reading.

    Tara

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