While searching for new spots I noticed that not only did Level One meet my patio requirements but it also met my budgetary restrictions. I love that Level One featured brunch entrees ranging from $8-16 and from the very simple breakfast sandwich to a more gut filling shrimp and grits.
I arrived with my reluctant far-too-straight guy friend to a sunny patio filled with overly loud gaggles of girlfriends who seemed to be having a fabulously good time.The waiters were chatty and included the requisite sassiness that you would expect from a gay bar serving a disco themed brunch. Yep, you read right, every item on the menu had an adorable little disco title, explaining the Banana Fo Fana French Toast.
My friend and I came more to patio lounge then to eat so we both settled on the croissant Bell Bottom’s breakfast sandwich. I also ordered a side of grits after the waiter enthusiastically gave them the thumbs up.
One of the unique bennies of Level One’s brunch is their bottomless deal. No need to commit to the Bloody Mary or Mimosa, you can switch between the two as you please which adds even more value to the $14 deal. Be timely however, they limit your serving time to 90 minutes which may be plenty for some but can really interfere with the marathon brunchers out there.
Overall, the breakfast sandwich was sufficient, but the side of grits were superb. My friend couldn’t resist stealing several bites. I would return to try the shrimp and grits in the future. The menu featured an assortment of well executed comfort food from burgers to biscuits Â and gravy, which makes it a great choice for our less adventurous friends and the drinks weren’t too shabby nor too weak.
The popularity of this place should be at its peak after winning Best Brunch this year in the Blade’s Best of DC awards, so be sure to make reservations before you go.