We’ve discovered a new favorite Mexican bottomless brunch at Johnny Pistolas in Adams Morgan! When we first sat down, Sydney knew right away she’d been in the building before and soon recalled it had previously been Carriage House, which no one seems to miss now. And after talking to Jonathan, the general manager, we learned that it had also been home to Tom Tom. I think Johnny Pistolas was the rightful inhabitant all along because Adams Morgan does need some tacos.
For $14.99 you get bottomless drinks, and can switch between mimosas, sangria, Tecate and Bloody Marys. We started with Bloody Marys, which were solid, but we wished they came with a celery stick. The real star of the drinks turned out to be the sangria, offered in red or white. These were perfectly garnished with lemon, lime, mint, and rosemary. We recommend sticking to sangria and skipping mimosas as these will not knock you out for the rest of the day! We were even able to do some drunk errands after brunch instead of the usual post-mimosa nap.
For food, you can go bottomless for $24.99. I recommend bringing all of your friends so you can try as much as possible. I wouldn’t bring your vegetarian friend, however, because the real standouts were the meats. I loved the carne asada in the Carne Asada Bowl; it’s very tender. The meat in the chilaquiles was similar. These come on two tostada shells so they’re really easy to share as well. Sydney had to stop me from picking at the Carne Asada too much as I almost filled up on it before trying anything else!
Huevos Rancheros are one of Syndey’s favorites in life. These were good but I thought they needed a tostada shell or tortilla or something under the egg. The fruit garnish that comes with this a lot of the plates is nice though: fresh strawberry, orange, and spinach. Remember if you eat this, it will cancel out any donuts you may have for dessert!
One of the surprise favorites for us was the chicken and waffles–a surprise because it wasn’t Mexican food! But again, the meat here is on point. The chicken was super tender, juicy, and hot, and the outside was the crispiest I’ve had in chicken and waffles. Also props for using all dark meat, the way it should be in this dish. I was getting somewhat stuffed by the time we had this one, but still finished my half of the plate.
Finally, get some dessert. We had the donuts AND churros. They were both good, but similar enough that they might not both need to be on the menu. Personally I love love loved the donuts. They were light and airy and hot off the fryer. Honestly these were better donuts than I’ve had at some of the chicken and donut places lately. Love the no-frills-all-donut approach.
The atmosphere at Johnny Pistolas is also nice. The exposed brick wall makes it cozy and charming and there are TVs for sports so you can always convince the boys to come along as well. Head upstairs for the big screens and a view of the neighborhood.
I love that ultimately the focus at Johnny Pistolas is the food. Sometimes it seems like a lot of new places popping don’t go further than gimmicks and schticks and cute typography on the menu. I can’t wait to try happy hour at Johnny Pistolas next!