After a long, fun day spent in DC at The Emporiyum, a show at The Warner Theatre and a late dinner at MXDC, we ended up getting a room at The Courtyard by Marriott in Foggy Bottom. We were *that* tired.
We woke up the next morning, starving and craving brunch. I checked OpenTable to see if there were any nearby restaurants that still had reservations available.
There’s one thing I learned about DC really quickly: Washingtonians take brunch very, very seriously. It’s practically a religion down here.
I found a restaurant in Dupont Circle that had a 11:45 reservation available: Level One DC. A cursory check of Yelp and Google showed favorable reviews, when I saw the magic phrase: Unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Even better, you could switch back and forth between the two.
You read that right: Unlimited. Mimosas.
I quickly booked a reservation and packed our things. We checked out in record time, and took an Uber to Dupont Circle.
As we arrived, I looked out the window to see a banner advertising their Drag Brunch on Saturdays. Drag Brunch, you say? I love this place already.
We walked in and were seated quickly. Our waitress, Trup, introduced herself and quickly took our drink orders.
On the weekends, they enforce a 90-minute time limit, and rightfully so: the brunch is quite popular. Every seat was filled during our entire time at the restaurant. All the more reason why I was surprised at how easily I scored a reservation.
We told Trup this was our first time dining at Level One, so she gave us a few of her recommendations.
To start, we ordered the Truffle Tots, to which Trup recommended adding Asiago cheese to it. We immediately said yes.
For my entree, I ordered the aptly-named Gurl, It’s a Brunch Bowl, which was a melange of deliciousness: Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole with Chopped Applewood Bacon, Sour Cream, Scallions, Cheese and a Fried Egg. I think I can feel my arteries hardening as I’m typing this.
It was probably a combination of the Unlimited Mimosas and being totally famished, but everything was absolutely delicious, and the service was fabulous as well. Trup never let our Mimosas get past half empty, to which she said, “You have 90 minutes, I’ll make damn sure you make the most of it!”
Needless to say, we spent the rest of the afternoon floating around Dupont Circle.
Luckily, we found a Starbucks, where we saw a guy wearing a Vinny Testaverde Browns jersey and a Jets hat – quite possibly, Vinny’s biggest fan.Level One
1639 R St. NW (Corner of 17th & R)
Washington DC 20009
(202) 745-0025 | Website | Facebook | @LevelOneDC