Editor’s note: Summer has brought a flurry of new brunch options—there’s these seven, plus a midday meal debuting at Daikaya this Sunday. (Sorry, the ramen spot has not finalized the menu yet. We will update here when it is available). 14th Street Belgian restaurant B TOO unveiled its brunch menu on Thursday; service starts this weekend from 10 to 3. Beginning June 22, it will be available from 9 to 3.
Though a restaurant may be located in or around the Beltway, it is not a true Washington establishment until it serves up brunch. So it is about time Cause DC, U Street’s “philanthropub,” joined the club.
In keeping with its tradition of doing things differently, Cause DC’s brunch packs a few surprises. The menu includes standard fare augmented with gastropub flair—think omelets topped with Cognac-flamed mushrooms in a black pepper sauce and “hangover hash” lathered in a white-wine-and-chedder fondue. But it is the list of $10 “Adult Cereals,” boozy breakfasts created by executive chef Adam Stein, that really caught our attention.
Stein had help from Matthew Wilcox, Cause’s “Master of Elixirs,” (read: bartender) in crafting the menu’s five alcohol-filled offerings. There’s Honey Nut Cheerios in a mixture of half and half, West Virginia honey, and dark honey whiskey, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch with half and half, maple whiskey, and RumChata. Vilelle says his favorite is Campfire Crispies—Golden Grahams in Patron Cafe XO, tres leches liqueur, and, once again, half-and-half.
As of now, brunch is Sundays from noon to 4, but, if the demand calls for it, Cause may start serving on Saturdays as well, says Vilelle. At Cause, patrons choose from a rotating list of charities when they get their checks, and the restaurant donates 100 percent of the profits from their meals to that charity. The restaurant opened last October, and, in its first quarter of operating, donated $8,400 to charities. Common Good City Farm has received the most donations so far.
Cause DC. 1926 9th Street, NW. Open Monday through Sunday for dinner, Sundays for brunch.