Monday, April 25, 2016

Washington DC: Brunch at Lavagna

I ended my birthday weekend at brunch with a few friends. While we originally wanted to go to Cava (probably one of my favorite brunches ever) it was booked so we decided to try a new place and chose Lavagna for their bottomless mimosa deal - $12 for 90 minutes.
While on the topic of mimosas, Lavagna’s were pretty tasty – a little weak, but tasty. The wait staff was great at refilling and glasses were almost never less than half full.  Also – snap chat brunch filters are awesome! I don’t know if it was specific to this past weekend or if you are in DC you can get them every weekend. Either way, so fun!
It’s becoming the norm to start our brunches off with an order of pancakes, and this visit was no different. Our table split the Mascarpone Pancakes Buttermilk Pancakes / Honey Nutella / Mascarpone / Fruit $11. They were your basic pancakes but the honey Nutella was a pleasant combo that took the dish from basic to exciting.
Torn between a few things, the best friend and I decided to split two dishes (these were the most ordered dishes at the table) – the Chicken & Waffles Organic Hormone Free Fried Chicken / Belgian Waffle / Fruit $16 and the Italian Sausage Gravy Biscuit / Scrambled Eggs $11.

The Chicken & Waffles was a solid dish. The fried chicken was delicious. I have never had this combo before and I enjoyed the sweet, salty, savory components that it presented. Biscuits and Gravy is one of my all-time favorite brunch dishes and I usually order it when I see it on the menu. Be warned, while this dish is good, it is not your typical biscuits and gravy, and if that is what you are expecting, you might be disappointed. This dish confused me a bit, but was sort of like a tomatoey Italian gravy? Good, but not what you expect.
Sarah ordered the Arugula Omelet Tomatoes / Smoked Gouda / Pine Nut Pesto / Potatoes $14. The breakfast potatoes were crisp and seasoned well, and the house made ketchup served on the side made for a great dipping. The omelet sadly was a lackluster and under seasoned.
Overall this was a successful brunch. We made reservations and Lavagna was running a little behind. They graciously let us go to the bar and get some mimosas while we waited for our table. The server had great recommendations and she never let our glasses get empty. The place gets a little loud, but that's to be expected with a bottomless option. 

Would I come back? Yes, this brunch was above average and priced well. 

539 8th St SE
Washington, DC
Metro: Eastern Market
Lavagna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Other delicious bottomless brunches
CAVA - locations in Clarendon/DC
Local 16
Ambar

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