The Embassy Row Hotel has a lot going on. The hotel, located on Massachusetts Avenue just north of Dupont Circle, underwent an ownership change, remodel, and rebranding just last year. The space is super cute—bright colors and modern furniture make up the lobby turned lounge area.
There are all sorts of things happenin’ at Embassy Row: DJ nights on Friday nights, silent discos on other nights, Saturday morning yoga, and boozy brunch. There’s a rooftop pool, where they host fun events like fashion shows and parties. The café in the hotel carries local roaster Compass Coffee and is stocked with made in D.C. goodies from local businesses.
We were invited in to try brunch at Station Kitchen & Cocktails. And, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an early fall Saturday than yoga and brunch outdoors with my best friend, Lindsey, who was in town from New York. Lindsey is a newlywed, a professional chef on the Upper East Side, and a fitness enthusiast.
We both jogged down Massachusetts Avenue from our respective spots, and arrived a few minutes tardy for the 9 a.m. yoga class on the roof. The desk folks didn’t seem to care much about our presence—and we ended up wandering around a good while on the roof looking for yoga class. It was hidden in the corner, downstairs behind the pool. We couldn’t hear anything—so we ended up being 15 minutes late. You know how terrible you feel when you get to yoga late? Everyone scowls at you and people’s feathers get ruffled when you have to squeeze your mat between them. So, yeah, that happened.
After collecting ourselves and enjoying a great yoga class, we read magazines on the rooftop in the sun for awhile, then made our way downstairs to Station Kitchen & Cocktails, but not before picking up some Compass Coffee nitro cold brew from the coffee bar.
After yoga, we settled outside on the patio, overlooking Dupont Circle, to catch up and to order some cocktails.
The cocktails at Station Kitchen are absolutely wild. There’s a Negroni, a Pimms Cup, a Punch Romaine, a cocktail made with sparkling wine, rum, lemongrass syrup, and orange juice. We ordered the most unique cocktails on the menu—the Michelada, to recall my time in Colombia, and the Milk Punch. The presentation on both was lavish but the execution lackluster.
The milk punch is a cocktail made with salted caramel and walnut-infused bourbon, a honey lemon balm syrup, and milk. It’s topped with a Belgian waffle square—yes, you can get a Belgian waffle in your cocktail. Unfortunately, the waffle was soggy and the cocktail tasted like a confusing blend of honey caramel syrup and milk.
The Michelada was similarly ostentatious in style—a cup of Bloody Mary mix, topped with a lemon-and-lime popsicle, and served with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. You pour the PBR over the popsicle, and end up with a Bloody Mary with beer and—more realistically—a mess.
While Station Kitchen has an impressive cocktail menu, it also offers a bottomless option. The menu has unique dishes, like Chai Pancakes and Pork Waffles, as well as lots of sandwiches.
We each ordered our own fruit plate—sans honeydew, as Bitches hate honeydew and Lindsey is one of the original members of the Bitch tribe. The fruit plate was enormous, fresh, and beautiful. Every piece of fruit was fresh. The fruit plates were a high point in the meal.
For my entrée, I ordered a the Chorizo and Eggs Breakfast Sammy, a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, melted Manchego, arugula, and spicy chorizo, served between two thick slices of white sandwich bread.
Lindsey ordered the West Coast wrap, a vegetarian wrap filled with fresh veggies—avocado, peppers, alfalfa sprouts, slathered with a chilli aioli and wrapped in a bright pink tortilla. It was served with root vegetable chips.
There are several other unique sandwiches: a hangover burger, topped with an egg, a sweet fried chicken sandwich, and a green eggs and ham sandwich. Station Kitchen & Cocktails strives to make itself incredibly unique when it comes to its menus.
The Bitches say: B+. A super cute, fun setting with some fun cocktails and unique dishes. The service is terrible, however, and has been at every occasion we’ve visited.
Station Kitchen & Cocktails
Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Station Kitchen & Cocktails serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2p.m.