It was mid-October and we found ourselves sitting outside, in short sleeves, requesting to turn OFF the heat lamp above our table at Radiator — the hip, new restaurant at Mason and Rook hotel in Logan Circle.
The “seat yourself” policy at Radiator added to the adult playground vibe, complete with outdoor fire pits, craft cocktails, and life size games of Connect Four and Jenga at the ready.
We were immediately greeted by a bubbly waitress who offered to start us out with well, bubbly. Kendra and I ordered one passion fruit and one regular mimosa. When she came back, not only did she have our respective mimosas, but two mini mason jars full of pumpkin spice, vodka, and soda, topped with a clove (read: a basic Bitch’s wet dream). To add to the fantasy, the drink is aptly named “She doesn’t even go here.” #meangirls
We already packed in a TRX workout, so we were ready to eat. I ordered a few starters for us to nosh on including the baby gem salad and the berry parfait, while we caught up on life — I hadn’t seen Kendra since she was a bridesmaid in our wedding three weeks prior!
The baby gem salad was light and crisp. I’m a big fan of romaine lettuce served in wedges like this, so the fact that they were mini versions topped with grapes, radishes, and cheese was just an added bonus.
The kitchen sent out Brussels sprouts from their dinner menu, for us to try as a starter. We’re big fans of Brussels sprouts and these were particularly crispy and served in a deliciously creamy apple cider sauce.
The yogurt parfait was topped with fresh berries and granola that somehow managed not to get soggy between layers. We enjoyed sharing bites of the parfait in between the other savory starters.
The service was notably solid, it was nice to be able to catch up with a friend without being interrupted every five minutes. We leisurely enjoyed the weather (and our mimosas), while admittedly losing track of time.
Eventually, we ordered the steak and eggs and the Huevos Rancheros, both to share. Both dishes were representative of the global influences evident in the brunch menu, but neither was particularly memorable. The eggs were dry in the steak dish, although the sauce and the potatoes added a nice layer of flavor to each bite.
The Huevos Rancheros was good, but the presentation was a bit misleading with a strong swipe of avocado on the side of the bowl, accompanied by sunny side up eggs draped over crumbles of chorizo, almost unrecognizable as the meat was green from being cooked with seasonings.
We didn’t finish either dish completely, but that didn’t stop us from indulging in dessert. We opted for the milk and cookies, to bring the playground theme full circle. The dish consisted of yogurt panna cotta as the “milk” and heath bar cookies. The cookies were bomb, although the panna cotta lacked flavor. We could picture coming back on a cooler fall night for drinks and dessert, with a side of board games.
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes. Hints of seasonal ingredients were a welcome addition to the al fresco dining experience. Radiator is a great spot to leisurely spend a fall weekend afternoon.
Radiator serves brunch on Sundays.