You know those mornings when you can’t decide whether to get up to eat or just stay in bed all day? That was me last Sunday. After a wild Saturday party brunch at The Manor the day before, I just didn’t have it in me to get myself together to be seen in public. But after previewing the brunch menu at The Pub and the People, my rumbling stomach won out over my laziness.
My Beau Who Brunches and I moseyed over the Bloomingdale joint just before 2 p.m. (Thank God they serve brunch until 3 p.m.!) This cozy neighborhood spot has an amazing bar and a fun happy hour I frequent after a long week at work.
The Pub and the People doesn’t take reservations, but we walked in and sat right down. The service, though casual, was attentive and warm. As I surveyed my fellow diners, I was relieved to see that nearly everyone in the restaurant was in sweatpants or workout clothes. It’s refreshing to find a spot that doesn’t have a requisite to dress up like so many other Washington restaurants.
We got right down to business with water and cocktails. I ordered the mimosa, which was a generous pour, despite not being available as a bottomless option. Andrew had the Bloody Mary. With plenty of spice, runny consistency and a hint of citrus, it was a no-frills Bloody, which he appreciated. For those looking for a bit more oomph, they also offer bacon on top and a Smirnoff premium Bloody Mary. Pub and the People also offers Screwdrivers, Orange Crushes, Irish coffees, as well as a few other options.
As we perused the menu, I was pleased to see a good variety of options. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians, though not as many gluten free, but I appreciate that they designate both on their menu to make it easy for people with dietary restrictions.
Torn between the country fried chicken and biscuit and the poutine, Andrew went with the fried chicken, served with a homemade buttermilk biscuit, and white gravy. It could have used more gravy, or perhaps less biscuit, but it was delicious nonetheless. I must go back to try the poutine though— if you try it, please tweet @BtchesWhoBrunch and let us know how it is.
I ordered the Eggs in Purgatory, a fried eggs and stone-ground grits dish, topped with spicy tomato sauce, queso fresco, and brioche toast for dipping. Both perfectly portioned and filling, it really warmed me up on that cold day.
For dessert we shared the s’moreffle, which was basically the whole reason I got out bed that morning. It’s a graham cracker waffle with marshmallow and melted milk chocolate on top. It was incredible. I was worried the waffle would be overcooked, and the whole dish would be too sweet, but the graham balances out the chocolate and if you go light on the syrup, it’s the perfect way to end the meal.
After three entrees and drinks, I surprised to see how very affordable the meal was. Our waiter was wonderful and I’m happy to have found a neighborhood brunch without all the pomp and circumstance.
The Bitches say: A. The Pub and the People is an unpretentious neighborhood pub with friendly staff, reliably delicious food, and affordable prices. Try the s’moreffle for dessert—you won’t regret it.
The Pub and the People
1648 N. Capitol St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20002
The Pub & The People serves brunch Saturday and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.