Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cleveland Park: Brunch at Ardeo + Bardeo

Brunch, Brunch, Brunch. Starting early, ending early. #almost30 as some of my younger friends refer to me when I express these feelings. But, hey, I never wake up the next day feeling like crap and I usually can get a delicious meal and some crazy adventures out of a good brunch. Case in point, we popped into the zoo for a bit after to check out some pandas.   
Our brunch of choice the other weekend was Ardeo + Bardeo and it was a worthy choice.

To start off your brunch they bring you a warm basket of mini chocolate chip scones and some sort of raisin bread. While the raisin bread looked good, I avoid raisins whenever possible and stuck to the scones. Wow, the scones were PERFECT. The chocolate was melty, and the scones were a perfect balance between moist and dry/crumbly.
We got there a bit earlier then the rest of our group, so Carrie ordered a bloody mary while we waited. It was tomatey, horseradishy and she enjoyed it. The rest of us stuck to their bottomless deal, 29.95 for bottomless mimosas or bubbly for 2 hours + an appetizer + an entrĂ©e. The bubbly was legit – not too dry or too sweet, and their mimosas were a perfect ratio of juice to bubbly. Fun fact, they will let you get the bubbly sans the oj. 

What they don’t tell you online is that certain dishes are “Grand” aka have a $8 surcharge. Totally fine, I just it was mentioned online.
The Grand dishes that our party tried were the Shrimp + Grits and the Steak + Eggs. Both dishes were enjoyed and worth the surcharge. 
I ordered the Grilled Burger. Juicy, meaty burger of your dreams. The sauce, caramelized onion jam was out of this world. This can get a little messy as the juices were running down my face. Worth it. Fries were also perfectly crispy and kept on getting eaten after we were all stuffed by our meals. The Eggs Benedict and Garden Pasta were also ordered and were good, but nothing special. 
For the appetizers, we tried the Deviled Eggs, Parfait, Caesar Salad and Broccolini and Quinoa Salad. They were all delicious, the parfait coming in as the favorite. Tip for the Caesar Salad - get it without the fried anchovy on top, it affects the areas it touches with its fishy flavor. 

Would I come back? Service was great, food was pretty great (weaker dishes were the benedict and the pasta) and mimosas were PERFECT. I will be back. 
  
3311 Connecticut Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC
metro: Cleveland Park
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