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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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