We’ve often frequented Jack Rose in the evening for Scotch or bourbon and the occasional cigar, but it’s only recently that the Adams Morgan bar/restaurant began to open its doors during the daytime.
Sunday brunch is a welcome addition, offering what we like best about the Adams Morgan spot—the stately, library-esque dining room, where sun streams in through large, street-facing windows, and the well-made cocktails—without the weekend party crush.
Service starts at 10, and early birds can opt for lighter fare, such as house-made granola and Greek yogurt or a flatbread topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, before going about their day. Later crowds (read: hungover people) are more likely to indulge in heartier fare such as eggs Benedict with pancetta atop house-made cheddar biscuits or a “bacon and egg” sandwich—a robust version of the breakfast classic with braised pork belly and a duck egg perked up with pickled vegetables.
The long bar is also open for the day-drinking crowd—sorry, no rooftop until the evening—with a range of brunch cocktails and, of course, plenty of whiskey.