Too Rich For My Blood: L’Enfant Cafe & Bar

I first came upon L’Enfant, at 18th and U Streets NW in Adams Morgan, on a Tuesday.  I was in the area, decided to have a drink, wandered in and, behold! all Belgian beers are half price on Tuesdays!  I had found what I wanted before I even knew I wanted it.

So when I went back for Sunday brunch, I hoped to find things as perfectly perfect as they were the first time.  That time I had sat at the bar alone and felt just as if I were in Europe, content in how much I was getting for how little.

For brunch I felt as if I were back in Europe, but this time I was in Monaco, not Spain.  Brunch is expensive!  Luckily I was using a Groupon and felt flush, but yes, I recommend visiting L’Enfant with someone who wants to treat you.

Between a party of two ordering $50 worth of brunch, I sampled a good share of the menu’s offerings, all of which are distinctively French.

The Yogurt Parfait was a lovely start to the meal, sweetly rich and colorful, with just a few shavings of muesli to change things up.  The Goat Cheese Tart is where it’s at though–rich, laden with figs and cheese in a flaky crust.  This paired with the house white wine might be just enough for me on a return visit.

The Eggs Benedict were just as good as they are anywhere else.  The crepes were delightful, but you can get crepes many other places in DC for much cheaper (my go-to is Crepes on the Walk in Chinatown: crepes-to-go, just the way they should be).

The restaurant itself is cramped in a fashionable way.  That is, it’s filled to the brim with attractive, healthy people.  People who look like they just threw on their boat shoes and Ray Bans and ambled over for a bite and a spot of bubbly.

The service is, like anywhere for Sunday brunch, spotty but eventually dependable.  And no one’s in a hurry to order or pay: it’s Sunday!

It’s Sunday in DC, the cherry blossoms are arriving, the birds are chirping, so go nuts!  Go all out for brunch!  Why not indeed.


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