Not every brunch has to be a two-hour ordeal that takes over your entire day. That’s why I was happy to hear about Lil B, a new cafe attached to The Darcy Hotel. Most people can’t afford to eat every meal at Siren (although we love it for a brunch date!). Chef David Guas stuck with the Louisiana vibes for the new spot, so fans will notice some holdovers from Bayou Bakery.
The sunny, yellow interior only seats 19 people, but the larger patio is perfect for sipping coffee (Lil B serves Counter Culture) or adult beverages on a nice day. We opted for cava-mosas while we decided what to order at the counter. The mimosas were light and bubbly—the perfect ratio of Cava to OJ.
Being that this is a New Orleans-inspired joint, we couldn’t leave without trying the beignets. They were stick-to-your mouth moist and covered in powdered sugar. The Mount Vernon grits, which are stone ground in the GW Gristmill, were dressed up with bacon, cheddar, and green onion. I love grits for how they stick to your ribs so these were more than adequate.
Lil B has a pastry case of tempting, fresh baked goods. After much deliberation, I opted for the cinnamon coffee cake. Boy am I glad I did. With hints of apple, the cake was perfectly sweet and moists. I could have eaten another in a heartbeat.
From the lunch-side of the menu (which is served 11 A.M. to close) the muffuletta sandwich called to me. This Italian sandwich, with ham, salami, mortadella, olive salad, provolone on a sesame roll is a filling, greasy hangover helper.
Lil B opens early for breakfast, every day of the week so it’s a good weekday brunch option. It’s great for a grab and go, quick brunch before a full day.
Next time I’ll be back to try the Lil B Bloody Marys, and selection of craft beers for happy hour on the patio until 7 P.M.
The Bitches Say: Lil B gets a B. It’s a cute cafe worth stopping by for fresh baked goods and a hearty Southern sandwich or grits before a big day.
1515 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Lil B serves breakfast every day of the week, starting at 6:30-11 a.m.