When we were invited to try brunch at City Perch Kitchen + Bar in Bethesda, I wasn’t sure I wanted to make the trek from the city, but when Sydney heard it was in the Pike & Rose complex she was excited to charge her car (apparently a garage with a charger is motivation for people with electric cars to go places) so off we went.
I love the brunch deal at City Perch: a “Brunch Box” includes an entree, tea or coffee, and a drink. You can add $10 to it for bottomless drinks which includes Mimosas, Sangria, Bloody Marys, Moscow Mules, and Bellinis. It’s great that it includes lots of options and tea/coffee.
We started off with a Bellini and Moscow Mule. The Bellini was perfectly peachy and chilled with a little bit of crushed ice. The Moscow Mule has ginger syrup made in house. Yum and yum: first round success.
The modern-American comfort fare at City Perch focuses on locally sourced ingredients, and it shows.
Our server started us off with a bread basket, which is actually not on the menu! This is highly recommended, though, especially if you’re with a group. The cornbread was a standout, soaked in honey butter and topped with corn. There’s also a muffin of the day—we got coconut—and an orange-sage biscuit. The accompaniment was house-whipped butter and strawberry preserves. I would have eaten this whole thing if I wasn’t trying to be a responsible blogger and save room for the next dish!
Next we had the Crispy Chicken Waffle and the Slow Poached Egg + Short Rib. I loved that the chicken and waffles used chicken tenders which made it so much easier to eat, and not to mention had more surface area of that crispy outside. And of course the shareability factor. They also have a couple of options for syrup—Spicy Bacon or Vanilla. The vanilla was more of an aromatic; the flavor came through more with the spicy bacon. Great twist to add on this classic.
The Short Rib may have ultimately been my favorite dish. Well, favorite entrée. My favorite dish overall was a side, but more on that in a sec! The short rib just fell of the bone and melted into the mascarpone polenta, the fluffy poached egg melting into that… This is a real comfort food dish. And comfort food is my favorite food, TBH.
My favorite dish was probably the Smoked Salmon Popovers. This light and airy dish makes a great compliment to the heavier entrées. Made with cool Norwegian smoked salmon, these delightful little puff pastries kind of made me feel like I was at a tea party.
We ended with the French Toast, stuffed with berries and mascarpone. This one is quite dessert-y, so make sure you’re in the mood. I actually was, but I was starting to get full at this point. The mascarpone also will make the French toast soggy fairly quickly, so eat up!
Finally, I want to mention the service at City Perch. Shoutout to our server who was so friendly and helpful, and seemed to really enjoy chatting with us about the menu. This added to an already great experience.
After brunch, it was nice to be at Pike & Rose because there’s more to do there. We decided to do a little shopping and I was happy to find some t-shirt dresses at Gap. There’s also a new-ish movie theater next door (have you seen Arrival yet??) which would make for a lovely Sunday afternoon. We will definitely be back!
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