So, let’s talk Cava. It’s no shocker that the fast casual restaurant, Cava Grill, has taken D.C. by storm. It’s everything that is saucy, filling, and fresh without making you feel like you’ve given up on a healthy desk lunch or a quick dinner to go. We have the full service restaurant, Cava Mezze, to also thank for the deliciousness.
The Mediterranean all-you-can-eat brunch at Cava Mezze is nothing shy of fabulous. The space is sleek with an industrial feel, it’s warm and inviting, and there’s a small patio for dining al fresco.
I brought a friend visiting from out of town for brunch in Arlington for a more low-key day, but we were completely blown away by Cava Mezze. Our server was incredibly friendly and totally not judgmental when we warned him about the amount of food we were about to order.
If you decide to do the all you can eat, it comes out in smaller portions, like a tasting menu, so make sure you order whatever you want to try. We had two types of eggs Benedict, one with lamb (because you know, Mediterranean necessity, duh) , and the other with Brussels sprouts.
Both eggs Benedict dishes were completely awesome with a light Hollandaise sauce. I have to say, I was impressed by the quality of these eggs Benny for being made in such small portions yet not blending with the thousands of other eggs Benny varietals.
Next up, we had some honey butter biscuits. Truly and utterly insane. Slightly sweet, slightly salty, and largely fluffy, these bite sized pastries were something I would eat as many times as Paul McCartney loves you, eight days a week.
Followed by several rounds of perfect mimosas and Bloody Marys, which, by the way, are seasoned with Cava’s famous harissa sauce, we had the super moist chicken and waffles with scallions and “Crazy Feta.” Soon after, we had the smoked salmon on pita with Greek yogurt sauce, French toast, and cherry cheesecake.
All of these items I would highly suggest ordering. I liked the smoked salmon pitas the best, but that could’ve just been because the Jew in me was screaming out for attention.
The French toast was really sweet, but I wasn’t the least bit mad about it. The bread had a crispy, caramelized crust and was balanced by fresh whipped cream. We probably could have done without the cheesecake, but the tart cherries were what made this something special.
Belly full, heart full, and head full of too many thoughts on how to properly convey just how good this brunch really was.
The Bitches say: A. Cava Mezze is a must visit for a classic brunch experience that has just enough innovation to leave you feeling like you’ve received your money’s worth in both food-quality and experience.
Cava Mezze serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. (703) 276-9090