Concept restaurants reel you in. It’s not the menu, it’s not the hospitality, and it’s not how comfortable the seats are. Concept restaurants are an attraction that happens to come with some food. Whether the food is good or not is simply an added bonus.
SPIN is a ping pong bar. It’s a cool ping pong bar. It’s tastefully decorated with sophisticated dark wood paneling, on-trend art pieces, and has ping pong tables throughout with buckets and buckets of fluorescent orange balls. You can play a round of ping pong while you sip some drinks, but you can also reserve a table and play while you wait for your food.
The brunch menu is small, with just eight items, but we commend the simplicity. We started with a Bloody Mary followed by a bacon egg and cheese, avocado toast, chilequitos, and a strawberry waffle.
The Bloody Mary was awesome. It was made with jalapeno infused vodka and their housemade tomato mix. The spice came from the vodka rather than a spice blend, or cocktail sauce, which was a refreshing stance on the traditional brunch cocktail.
The dishes are all meant to be shared, which is smart because hopefully, no one is going to a ping pong bar by themselves– it might be difficult to have a good rally going on while flying solo. The avocado toast is open-faced on two English muffins. The avocado was served guacamole style, but I didn’t mind because it did disclaim it was a spicy guacamole spread. The egg on top was supposed to be fried, but it ended up being cooked in a hockey puck shape as if it had been baked in a large batch cupcake pan. I wouldn’t really pick apart how they operationally handle their egg cooking, but the egg was rubbery and overcooked– no yolk porn here, folks.
The chilequitos was like chilaquiles but with taquitos instead of chips. The dish was doused in salsa verde, pickled onions, and cotija cheese. It missed the mark. I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to eat it with my hands or with a fork and was an overall mess of flavors. It seemed like someone hit a 7-11 for leftover taquitos and dressed them up with some fancy toppings.
The bacon egg and cheese was delicious. They had candied bacon, cheese, and some more overcooked eggs, but it actually worked in favor of this dish. The BEC was served as sliders so the round egg was the perfect two-bite portion on the mini, buttery brioche buns.
The strawberry waffle was beautiful. The two perfectly square waffles sandwiched strawberry preserve and were topped with whipped cream. The waffle was ice cold. Not room temperature, which can be forgiven as a waffle doesn’t retain its heat for long but tasted like it just came out of a plastic Ego wrapping. The strawberry inside was syrupy and chemical tasting. There was enough sugar in this dish to make it edible, but there are much better sweet waffle dishes to be found in D.C.
The Bitches Say: 3 champagne flutes
Come for the ping pong, and stay for the ping pong. The drink menu is great, and get some snacks to share in between rounds of rallying.