if you've never been to Belgium imagine French/Dutch inspired cuisine with German portions and the world's best beer and chocolate. my wife and i went a few years back and so i wanted to see if there were any DC restaurants that featured this. Brasserie Beck is a Robert Wiedmaier restaurant (the same chef who owns Marcel's; DC's currently highest rated restaurant on tripadvisor) so i expected quality and was prepared to pay for it. It's located just east of McPherson Square about an 8 minute walk from the metro station of the same name. If the weather is nice there is ample outdoor seating. I made reservations ahead of time for Sunday brunch so i was assured a spot.
I was quickly greeted and offered a spot out front. Everyone from the hostess to the busboys and waitstaff were all very friendly without the slighest sign of arrogance. My waiter, a young man, spoke a good deal of French which i was happy to reciprocate. He made some reccomendations and was very pleasant overall. The beer menu was respectable and had many Belgian trappists, ales, wheats, and blondes. The price for these is double what you'd pay at Total Wine but i appreciated the selection.
I ordered a Brabo which was refreshing on such a hot day along with the chicken and belgian waffles for brunch. it was served with a small bit of sausage gravy, an over easy egg, and bread/butter. The chicken was pretty tasty with a cajun kick but the drumstick was a tad bit underdone. no bloody tendons or anything but probably came off soon after. the mini waffles were good but not outstanding. they didn't exactly take me back to Brussels but fine nonetheless. i also saw that they offered cornbread waffles which i thought was odd. the egg was probably cooked for 3 minutes and then lightly garnished with pepper. I'm personally not a fan of runny eggs but i did manage to eat some of it and won't hold it against them. On the other hand i'm not a big salad fan but theirs was great! i don't know what it was seasoned with but it had thin strips of apple. The bread and sausage gravy were also very good and rounded out what was a nice brunch outside. DC is expensive in general but i got out of there with what i considered a reasonable bill. although i enjoyed my meal i still wish i had the mussels with frites. would visit again
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