You know you like Crisp, Bloomingdale’s newest hot chicken spot before you walk in. There’s a small sign on the window in the style of a security sticker that reads “CAUTION: Area patrolled by Attack Chicken Security Co.” If you pause at the front door and look down—it took me a few visits to Crisp to notice this—there is a series of primarily made up and misattributed quotes ending on, “‘Best Poutine in Bloomingdale! ‘- Justin Bieber” Being fans of Poutine, Bloomingdale, and Bieber, my friend Alyssa and I mostly died at this one.
We already knew the chicken sandwich and happy hour drink specials were the jam ($5 cocktails until 8PM, 7 days a week!), so needless to say Alyssa and I were pretty hyped to try Crisp’s brunch at the soft opening last weekend.
Crisp does not have a bottomless deal, but they do have $4 mimosas and $12 carafes. It’s freshly pressed OJ, so you’re also getting an above average mimosa. Another option if you want the fresh OJ is an orange crush: vodka, juice, simple syrup, and soda. Alyssa described it as tasting like a Capri-Sun. Take what you will from that, but I’d opt for the mimosa instead if you want orange. What I really recommend, however is the grapefruit crush: same thing with grapefruit. Super refreshing, and if you want to mix it up and get a bloody mary, you’re sticking with vodka so you’re not mixing your alcohol (#ProTip).
We also tried the bloody mary, which had an unexpected garnish of diced green peppers and bacon. The peppers gave it a little sweetness that was really perfect with the bacon. It’s not a spicy bloody mary, so if you’re looking for spicy, you probably won’t find it at this brunch, but should come back and get the hot chicken in the evening.
And now: THE CHICKEN. True to the name, this chicken is crispy AF. The chicken at brunch is battered differently, and therefore not the “hot chicken” that you find on the regular menu. But it is equally packed with flavor. We got the Chicken and Waffles and the Fat Stack, mostly with our eye on the Fat Stack. We’re doing halvsies, right? I confirmed with Alyssa before we ordered.
The chicken and waffles was top-notch. The waffle is actually a cornbread waffle which is a delicious and natural twist. The waffle was kind of like the chicken as well with a little crisp to the outside. Topped with a fruit chutney, it’s got the right sweet/savory balance.
While the Chicken and Waffles comes highly recommended, the favorite was the Fat Stack. The name is a little misleading because it sounds like pancakes, but this is just one of those menus you have to read through. Ok, get this: fried chicken, biscuit, sausage gravy, cheddar, bacon. And the sausage gravy isn’t just fat in the gravy; it is large chunks of sausage. Honestly, for me normally this would be too much meat in one dish, but in this case the proportions were right and it was pretty harmonious.
Doing half the waffle and half the Fat Stack does give you nice complimentary variety of flavors; it could be a good move for a date! We also left satisfied but not sleepy. We managed an afternoon of shopping in Georgetown afterwards so it did not knock us out like some heavy brunches will!
The Bottom Line: Try Crisp! Brunch officially launches this weekend.