People often ask me “what’s your favorite kind of brunch?” Your brunch type is a defining factor of your personality. But, as someone who appreciates all foods, a variety of restaurant vibes, and both booze and a solid cup of Joe, my favorite type of brunch is simply one spent with my best friends.
Recently, my four best friends in the whole, wide world came to visit me in D.C. This meant there was going to be a whole lot of eating, drinking, and brunching involved. When planning a weekend with friends, I like to both treat my visitors to my favorite neighborhood spots, and use the visit as an excuse to explore new parts of the city. I live to plan out my weekends, so when it came time to decide what we would do on our final day together, I knew I wanted something new, something close, something fun, and something downright delicious. This crew can really chow down.
I had been to Wilson Hardware for dinner when I first moved to Arlington, but when I heard the restaurant offered brunch, I made sure to save it for a time I could fully embrace the bottomless experience. Wilson Hardware is located in Clarendon near some of our go-to spots, like BABA and Ambar.
We arrived on the earlier side so we could get a large table—with plenty of space for food photography. The space is modern, colorful, and welcoming. The offerings at Wilson Hardware are $35 for bottomless brunch and .25 mimosas. This menu had all of our classic American brunch favorites. Because there were five of us, and we aren’t picky in the slightest, we simply ordered, well, everything.
The drinks were presented first and immediately our eyes illuminated. These mimosas were not only hefty in size, but also in color variety and flavor. They gave us lychee, grapefruit, and hibiscus flavorings added to the orange juice and bubbly combo; we were extremely impressed. We also ordered a Bloody Mary, for good measure, of course.
This Bloody was smooth, salty, and slightly spicy without being too strong or—god forbid—watery. Luckily, our food arrived before the booze could really hit our systems. The first round entailed the eggs Benedict, French toast, veggie omelet, chicken salad toast, and salmon toast.
The Benedict offerings include traditional, salmon, and vegetarian—and all were equally delicious. Although I am loyal to my English muffin base, I thoroughly enjoyed the croissant bottom that nestled the poached pillows of savory goodness.
The veggie omelet didn’t seem like the most exciting thing on the menu, but I figured I would give it a shot. This perfect little egg dish was amazing. All too often I find that restaurants fail to deliver on a fluffy, buttery, French style omelet, and this was pretty spot on. Kudos to them!
The chicken salad toast and salmon toast were served beside one another and both had classic flavors. I’m a sucker for salty lox on a solid piece of bread. The chicken salad wasn’t overly dressed and was a nice portion, but you’re not missing anything if you don’t order this one. The lox on the toast was also delicious and high quality, but was overwhelmed by way too much creme fraiche.
I was eyeing the French toast as soon as it hit the table. Usually, I like to wait and have the French toast be the cherry on top of a brunch experience, but I wasn’t mad when I saw this brunch staple arrive. Simply served with a dollop of whipped creme and scattered berries, the French toast was cooked just right. We could have devoured a stack of these, but we refrained.
Our next round included the chicken and waffles, the yogurt parfait, potato hash, and roasted cauliflower. The parfait was delicate and sweet. Its level of deliciousness definitely compensated for the fact that we could have made a simple parfait at home.
The chicken and waffles was a favorite amongst my friends, however I’ve definitely had better waffles. I think the chicken was well-seasoned and cooked to a crisp, but the waffle wasn’t as fluffy as others I’ve had. All together, though, the dish was delightful and cohesive.
The potato hash was salty and well sauteed without being too oily, but the cauliflower was a real show stopper. The variety of colorful cruciferous veggies were beautiful and accompanied by a delicious sauce. I would say that the egg on top was unnecessary, but hey, the more the merrier.
We swore we couldn’t take down anymore, but as soon as the word “dessert” was mentioned, we all gave each other a sinister look and knew what we had to do. We just wouldn’t be the women we are today if we didn’t arrive and conquer. We ordered the Tiramisu and it was divine.
It just so happens this dessert is one of my favorites, and the Wilson Hardware rendition did not disappoint. Creamy, nutty notes from the coffee, and a slight chew from the ladyfingers, the Tiramisu was gone in the blink of an eye.
The Bitches say: B+. We came, we ate, and we definitely conquered this meal. Take it from us, Wilson Hardware has some fabulous dishes on its menu. It’s nice to see another Arlington spot winning our brunch-seeking hearts.
Wilson Hardware serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.