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Blue Duck Tavern

My brother sent me this UrbanDaddy write-up about Blue Duck Tavern’s french toast donuts. Instantly, I had the page bookmarked and was trying to figure out when we could go and experience this sugary calorie overload.

Blue Duck Tavern is located inside the Park Hyatt D.C. and was named among Zagat’s top restaurants in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. Quite the run they’re having. The restaurant resembles something outside of a Pier 1 catalog. Light wooden tables, a massive stainless steel applianced kitchen and tall vases filled with flowers serving as the center pieces.

The best part of the decor in Blue Duck is the kitchen is open for everyone to see. One chef was slicing green apples with his creation of mini apple pies were surrounding him. Another was taking loaves of bread out of the oven and preparing to cut it into slices. We had to wait about five minutes for a table, but I could have waited longer because I was so entertained with the picture perfect kitchen.

Upon sitting down at the large communal table, we instantly ordered the french toast donuts as an appetizer. Yes, a brunch appetizer. That’s a thing, right? When we ordered them, our waiter smiled and said “good choice.” We know, Shankar! (That was our server’s name).

Now, in the Urban Daddy article, it says you get three donuts for $15. We got two. Perhaps BDT has cutten back and taken a slight step in solving America’s obesity problem. I said slight.

The made from scratch brioche donuts are served hot and have the texture of a Krispy Kreme donut — the temperature, too. Granola is sprinkled on top of the deep fried treats. That’s not it. Alongside, you get a bottle of bourbon maple syrup. Within seconds the donuts were gone. While they were beyond delicious, I had a hard time really tasting a french toast flavor. More so, I felt like I was eating a glazed donut with syrup. Which is never a bad thing.

On their brunch menu, every dish sounded amazing, but I ended up going with the croque madame. A Texas toast style bread paired with country bacon and a gruyere and parmesan cheese sauce. Uh, yum. One thing you’ll notice on their menu at BDT is alongside each item it lists where they got their ingredients from. In my case, this dish was from Crazy Chicks Cooperative in Pennsylvania.

One bite of this dish and you can tell that all their bread is made in house. The bacon was thick and the egg was cooked perfectly. I could have done without the salad, but it helped bring some color to the presentation.

To the left are the sunnyside eggs sitting on top of cod cakes. To the right, scrambled eggs and rock shrimp on top of a potato rosti. Basically, it’s a Swiss dish that’s grated potato fried. Like a giant hashbrown kind of — if you’re Swiss you probably find that comparison incredibly insulting.

Other dishes include lemon ricotta pancakes and eggs benedict. Oh, and if you go, try to save room for their handcut fries. I unfortunately did not. I’ll use that just as another excuse to go back.

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The Front Page

The second I finished my half marathon the thought of food made me nauseous. You would think that after running 13 miles you’d be willing to eat anything in your path — even raisins, maybe even pickles. Alas, I spent my time drinking water and slowly trying to eat some breakfast bars. Luckily, it only took me about half an hour till I was waiting in line for my free McDonald’s frappe and awaiting my brunch buffet at The Front Page in Washington.

Walking in, I saw the perfectly cut fruit, fresh pastries and crispy bacon. I could no longer feel the pain in the legs, and I instead focused on intaking as many calories as possible. For $21 you can partake in the all you can eat buffet as well as unlimited mimosas.

The name of  the restaurant makes perfect sense when you see the tons of old front pages of newspapers with some of the biggest headlines. When you go to D.C. you really can’t get away from the history.

After looking around at the countless framed newspapers, I headed to the made to order omelet station. Located next to the omelet station is fresh cut roast beef and waffles (a weird mixture, but still delicious separately). The waffles toppings included nutella, whipped cream, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Speaking of weird mixtures, alongside the biscuits & gravy and breakfast potatoes there was also a tray of penne ala vodka. Never really thought of penne as a brunch food but I wasn’t complaining. It as delicious and I went back for thirds.

This is my second plate and at that point I was probably on my third mimosa. You can definitely get your moneys worth at The Front Page.

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L’Italia Has Brunch

September 23, 2009

Harrisonburg, VA

I won’t lie, this first restaurant review is going to have some bias in it. After all, L’Italia is my place of work so I’m going to have to talk it up a bit.

Although L’Italia Pizza & Pasta specializes in just that- pizza & pasta- they decided to start a brunch menu every Sunday till 3 p.m. With nine dishes all $8 or less on the menu I have no idea why you wouldn’t come here for brunch. Maybe I’m used to New York City prices where I thought $10 for coffee and a bagel was a steal. But look at it this way, brunch is technically two meals. That’s $4 a meal. Talk about dining on a budget!

If my quick math skills didn’t sell you on the brunch then perhaps what I ate will. Rather than start with the restaurants usual bread knots, they switch it up and bring the table little sugar coated fried donut bites. I recommend sticking to just one. Fried dough can only make you feel so good.

Rather than reach for another donut, I decided to sip my freshly squeezed orange juice. I know for a fact that the OJ takes about 30 minutes to make. Thinking about all the time put into it and that you’re only paying $2 for the most refreshing juice ever, you’ll feel a little guilty. But then your entree comes and you get over it.

The “Frittata Your Way” was an open faced omelet with spinach, feta, and onions. There are a few more toppings to choose from (bacon, sausage, peppers, ham, and cheddar). Then, the omelet is topped with melted mozzarella cheese.


It really resembles more of a pizza when it’s all put together. My side croissant topped with powdered sugar was crispy on the outside but as I broke into the shell a vanilla custard and soft bread was inside. Not your typical croissant but tasty nonetheless.

It will hopefully only be a matter of time before this brunch catches on with JMU students. What’s a better way to cure a hangover on a Sunday afternoon than stuffing your face and sipping mimosas?

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