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Lil B Brunch

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.

Lil B Brunch

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.

Lil B Brunch

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 Brunch

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.

Lil B Brunch

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.

Lil B Brunch

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.

Lil B serves breakfast every day of the week, starting at 6:30-11 a.m. (202) 521-7181


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