My suburban based love life typically finds itself at odds with my urban-based foodie one. Saturday nights in the burbs are often balanced with Sunday morning drives to the city. My guy, having developed a serious addiction to mimosas, happily obliges. Super Bowl Sunday, however, he demanded a compromise. Our typical four-hour brunch adventure in the city needed to take two so we could park our asses on the couch by game time.
I was then tasked with the daunting burden of finding a decent brunch in the burbs. I won’t pretend like I researched for very long, or at all actually. Matchbox was familiar and I had never tried their brunch. Done.
Matchbox offers their entire regular menu and an additional small brunch menu. The brunch menu is limited but had a few standout options.
The guy and I shared a large breakfast pizza, which was loaded with scrambled eggs, sausage, smoked gouda, and delicious chipotle sour cream toppings. It was incredibly filling and even with the two massive appetites between us we couldn’t finish it.
Our brunch partners ordered the steak and eggs which came in a skillet and looked delicious. It was one of the more popular brunch items, with several surrounding tables having the same order.
Matchbox doesn’t typically have pancakes on the menu but the special on this particular day was blueberry pancakes with a bourbon syrup. We decided that we would find room in our guts to share this special as our “dessert”. The bourbon syrup was good and complimented the pancakes well, but the bourbon flavor didn’t really stand out. I’m not sure if this was good or bad.
While Matchbox doesn’t have a bottomless deal, they do have a large variety of both mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. I started with a bacon-infused Bloody Mary that was delightfully garnished with a healthy strip of bacon. After my Bloody Mary, the boy and I went on our own indulgent Mimosa tour. We tried most of the mimosa variations but the Matchbox Mimosa was easily our favorite. A typical mimosa with a splash of patron gave it the perfect extra kick.
Brunching at Matchbox was delicious but our mimosa binge made it costly. While we enjoyed the food our wallets missed the bottomless deals of the city.
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Sydney is a major city snob who gripes about traveling the one mile or so beyond the city limits to Bethesda to go to work. Her current obsessions are replicating restaurant food and cocktails at home and channeling her inner yogi.