Dupont Circle is fast-casual central. One restaurant that should not be dismissed is Magnolia Kitchen and Bar. What once was the Dupont location of Circa, is now an ingredient-focused restaurant with a unique cocktail program.
Magnolia brings a bit of the spring into the restaurant atmosphere. Forest green decor matches the plethora of plant-centric details throughout the space. The menu is great at first glance, as it has ideal American comfort foods with healthy, farm-fresh options as well.
Cocktails hold artistic significance here. The Not Your Average Mo(jito) was tart and refreshing and delivered in a ceramic flower pot to continue the garden theme. This beverage consisted of Brugal Anejo, lime juice, Giffard’s Orgeat, pineapple, and simple syrup. The Shrub-a-Dub-Dub has wasabi, gin, cucumber, and mint. This cocktail was sweet, but also had just the right amount of kick. These drinks were delicious and would be even more enjoyable in the summer months.
The abundance of alcohol revved our appetites. We ordered food based on the helpful recommendations of our waitress. The provisions included a flatbread pizza, curry deviled eggs, quinoa salad, and a crab cake eggs Benedict.
The pizza was crispy and grainy. It had nicely prepared toppings and a touch of sweetness from the sauce drizzled on top. This was definitely not the best pizza we ever had but it was an a simple option ideal for sharing.
The curry deviled eggs were a spice-full and creamy rendition of this frequented D.C. brunch item. The portion of the deviled eggs was also nice for the table– often restaurants give you two or three per order.
The quinoa salad was crisp, fresh, and had a salty, acidic dressing on top. While remaining on the lighter side, this brunch item still felt hearty and filling. This salad is a very crave-able lunch item.
Finally, the crab cake eggs Benedict had consistent flavors and the cake itself wasn’t overly dense or fishy. The egg was perfectly runny and topped with a buttery Hollandaise. Flavor and execution were on point here.
Our trusty waitress urged us to get bread pudding for dessert. Her confidence in our potential satisfaction with the dish was a sure reason we ordered it. To her claim, the dish was soft, extremely decadent from a delicious caramel sauce, and balanced by a fresh scoop of ice cream.
The Bitches say: Four Champagne flutes for Magnolia. This Dupont restaurant is a low key spot with a variety of delicious brunch food and cocktail options. The restaurant’s space is comfortable for a meet up with friends or to take a family member who may be in town.
Magnolia serves brunch Sundays starting at 10 a.m.