I’m going to start at the end here: we were underwhelmed by GBD. It was unfortunate because we were looking forward to it. We heard great things about them, they have kick ass marketing materials, and their niche is FRIED CHICKEN AND DONUTS, duh.
I will be honest, we have been to a lot of disappointing brunches and we usually just skip past writing about them. But its 2015 and #newyearnewus … so we vow to just write about it all now.
GBD’s bottomless deal lets you order bottomless mimosas or their brunch punch, which is a “rotating creation”, we both ordered the brunch punch without committing to bottomless until we finished our first jar. Well, we never made it through that first jar for fear of developing diabetes because that shit was super sugary sweet… like syrup really. At this point, we shrugged it off, ordered coffee and moved on… still hype for chicken and donuts.
We quickly decided that we were going to add on the coffee and donut for $3 and so we started this brunch with dessert. German Chocolate cake (delicious), Funfetti (good, but as expected) and Bourbon Maple Glazed (damn good) were cut and split amongst the table. The donuts were good and the coffee was sound, and if I were showing friends from out of town around Dupont Circle I would happily pop in for just those things and continue traipsing through town.
We ordered our chicken brunches, and loved the fact that you get put an egg on any dish for I $1.50 more, which really every brunch spot should do. I always just want lunch food with an egg on it. Caryn opted for the Croissanwich with mac and cheese and I got the GBD Poutine. Our brunch buddies opted for The Luther and Chicken box.
I love a good breakfast bowl and so I figured the GBD Poutine would be right up my alley. It was just OK, the over salted french fries really stole the show in the breakfast bowl. The chicken in the bowl WAS pretty good though and I think a basket of just the chicken tenders would be delicious.
The mac and cheese had red pepper, which was a nice kick and the best part of Caryn’s. The egg in the sandwich was made in a mold and was just too reminiscent of an Egg McMuffin to be enjoyable.
Finally, even our service was pretty sub-par. With all of the coffee and tea going around, our table collected piles of sugar and cream packaging that our server neglected to clear, even after we collected them neatly at the end of the table. All in all, it was the experience you’d find at an average diner but with cuter decor and a fun shtick. Skip this one and try DGS Delicatessen instead.