Toast with berry spread and powdered sugar on top

Great Eggspectation

Breakfast food is for any time of day. Sometimes, you want pancakes for dinner. Other times, you French toast for lunch. It’s cool. This is a judgement free zone. I, too, think that breakfast food should not be kept in the early morning/brunch box. All-day breakfast restaurants make this easy, no matter when you think this type of food should be consumed.

Eggspectation is on that list. There’s truly something for everyone here. And no, they don’t only sell things with eggs. They also have French toast, pancakes, waffles, flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches. But if eggs are your fancy, this busy restaurant still cracks their eggs one by one. No powdered eggs over here!

I love that Eggspectation is located in a business park. It’s very unassuming, which I think would lead some people to believe that it’s not as busy as it actually is. We waited for about twenty minutes, which wasn’t too bad.

What I Ordered

I looked over the menu at home because it has SO many options. I had to narrow it down before getting there. I already knew I wanted French toast and chose the Stuffed French Toast. They also have the classic version and a French Toast Flambe. Their drink menu is amazing as well, containing hand-squeezed juices, coffee, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. You can never go wrong with a mimosa, so I ordered their Mimosa Sangria.

An orange alcoholic beverage with strawberries and an orange slice.

Eggspectation’s Mimosa Sangria

I never thought of marrying a sangria and mimosa. This combo was perfect! This drink has peach schnapps-infused citrus fruits and berries and topped with sparkling wine and orange juice. This drink was incredible.

Toast with berry spread and powdered sugar on top

Eggspectation’s Stuffed French Toast

The Stuffed French Toast was some of the best I’ve ever had. I had no clue it would be so big. I wish my other photo turned out better so you could see it’s true size. It’s a Brioche French toast stuffed with marscapone cheese; topped with a berry compote; and sprinkled with powdered sugar. If I couldn’t have syrup on my French toast ever again, I’d have to have this berry compote. It really does the trick and blends so well with the marscarpone cheese, which is super smooth. Marscarpone is an Italian cream cheese. If you’ve never tried it, this is the best way to do so. It’s going to be so hard to force myself to order something else after having this delectable dish.

Conclusion

Eggspectation is a great place for people who love to have options. There’s really something here for everyone. I loved how quickly the food came out. My niece was with me, and the waiter asked if we wanted her food to come out first. How thoughtful! My tip is to be prepared for at least a twenty-minute wait if you go around noon. Eggspectation was a great experience, and I’ll definitely be going back soon.

Until next time.

Brunchin’ at Boqueria

I haven’t gone out for brunch in months. The many suggestions for brunch in D.C. online don’t help narrow your choices down when there are so many great options, so you have to just pick something. Boqueria was the first on the list. The wait was worth it.

My friend, Carolina, and I agreed that Boqueria, a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, would be a great spot to try. I made the reservation since it’s suggested that you make a reservation to ensure that you get a table. They have two D.C. locations: Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle.

What I Ordered

The menu has so many options: Spanish and brunch classics, paella, brunch feast, and tapas. Their bottomless brunch option is $42/person, and everyone at the table has to participate. We chose to keep it simple and not do bottomless brunch this time.

French toast topped with apples; drizzled with caramel; and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Boqueria’s torrija dish.

After looking through all of the options, I ordered the torrija dish and sangria The sangria was decent. It wasn’t as sweet as I wanted it to be, but it was still good. Torrija is caramelized French toast topped with seasonal fruit; drizzled with caramel sauce; and sprinkled with powdered sugar. This time of year, apples are the seasonal fruit available. I’ve had a lot of French toast in my lifetime and I have to say, this was the best French toast I’ve ever had. The bread’s texture was perfect, and the toppings complemented the French toast so well. I’d definitely get this dish again.

Churros rellenos filled with Nutella.

Churros rellenos filled with Nutella.

Carolina ordered churros rellenos that we split. Churros rellenos are filled churros, and you have the choice of Nutella or caramel. We got Nutella filling, and let me just tell you…I do not regret a single calorie. These were the tastiest churros I’ve ever had. They came out fresh and hot, so the Nutella slowly melted. Churros and Nutella are a perfect match, and I highly recommend that you try the ones at Boqueria.

Conclusion

I’m definitely coming back! It was a pretty affordable brunch option. From front desk to the check, it was fantastic. If you’re looking for a place to have brunch in D.C., consider giving Boqueria a try!

Until next time.

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The front of Dos Caminos' restaurant menu

Bottomless Brunch Sunday at Dos Caminos

Finding a bottomless brunch restaurant can be hard when most recommend reservations. You might end up bummed if you do it too late. Thankfully, some places still have spots available even the night before, which are hard to come by.

Dos Caminos is a restaurant, which has a few different locations in Manhattan, that offers a two-hour bottomless brunch add-on for $18. This prices is one of the cheapest I’ve ever seen. You can choose mimosas, frozen margaritas, bloody Mary’s, screwdrivers, or sparkling wine. This add-on is truly worth it, since the waiters don’t leave you with an empty glass for long.

The front of Dos Caminos' restaurant menu

The front of Dos Caminos’ menu

What I Ordered

Dos Caminos’ menu has so many great drink and meal options that it was hard to choose! After weighing my options, I ordered bottomless frozen margaritas and Mexican French Toast.

A frozen margarita garnished with lemon

Dos Caminos’ Frozen Margarita

This dish already sounded amazing. It tasted even better! This dish is described in the menu as “crispy pan torrejas, rum, and cajeta caramel roasted bananas. Cajeta is a syrup which is usually made of sweetened, caramelized goat’s milk, according to Wikipedia.

French toast with whipped creeam and syrup on top

Dos Caminos’ Mexican French Toast

The cajeta-roasted bananas, whipped cream, and syrup made the perfect topping combo for French Toast. Dos Caminos got it just right, and it was so hard not to order some to-go. If you like or want to try French toastthis is one you definitely need to try!

Conclusion

Dos Caminos’ bottomless brunch is absolutely worth it. I love that you get your money’s worth when you get the bottomless drinks add-on. The wait was also reasonable. If you’re looking for a place to brunch in NYC during the weekend, definitely check it out!

Until next time.

 

Update 8/2/19: Updated and added links.

Update 12/9/19: Added subheadings and updated the conclusion.

Update 02/19/2020: Added a link, changed image info

Iron Rooster

My sister has talked about Iron Rooster for so long and said that I needed to go for some time now. She’d spoken so highly of this place, so I knew I had to try it. She decided to take our family to brunch there. Iron Rooster is a restaurant located in downtown Annapolis, MD that has plenty of breakfast and lunch/dinner food options. When you peruse the menu, there’s plenty of super Maryland dishes, which is fitting since it’s located in our state’s capital.

The restaurant is mostly narrow and opens up a bit more the further in you go and has an upstairs. If you’ve been in any old town or historic area buildings, that’s how it’s built. The staff kindly greeted us and took us to a table upstairs, which has a little cafe-like area by the front window. Interestingly, this place has a homey feel to it.

Iron Rooster's menu

Iron Rooster menu

What I Ordered

My sister ordered RoosTarts (homemade “Poptarts”) for our table while we looked at our meal options, since it was the rest of our family and my first time there. There are different flavors available daily. We ordered brown sugar and chocolate banana, which they thankfully warm up for you. The brown sugar cinnamon was absolutely amazing! It tastes 10 times better than the Pop Tart version and is much thicker. This treat melts on your mouth and would be great with or without the whipped cream and powdered sugar. As for the chocolate banana, I thought it was okay. I think I would’ve liked it more if it was a bit sweeter.

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Brown sugar RoosTart

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Chocolate banana RoosTart

After mulling over the menu, I chose to get brioche French toast topped with strawberries (optional) and spiced maple bourbon butter. I didn’t know this butter existed until going here, and I absolutely loved it! The French toast would’ve been good without it, but the butter elevated this dish. The toast was made with apple and vanilla bean egg batter, which was complimented well by the butter, syrup, and strawberries.

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French toast (before adding syrup)

Conclusion

I’d absolutely visit Iron Rooster again. The food didn’t disappoint, and there are so many other dishes I want to try. There’s truly something for everyone on their menu. If you’re ever in Annapolis, MD, give Iron Rooster a try!

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Until next time.

Update 01/15/2020: Updated captions, added headings and links