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Saturday Brunch at Georgia Brown’s

July 25, 2011

Brunch isn’t just for Sundays…

Since Lee introduced me to Scoutmob, I’ve been obsessed. Unlike Groupon or LivingSocial, where you have to put down a certain amount of money ahead of time, Scoutmob deals live on your smartphone like coupons. When it’s time to eat (or drink — there are some fun wine bars and coffee shops!), just pull out your phone and show the coupon to get the deal. I love that it allows for spur-of-the-moment decisions.

So when Scoutmob offered a deal for 50% off at Georgia Brown’s, a restaurant normally a little north of my price range, I grabbed friends and jumped at the chance. Clearly many other Washingtonians did too, since more than 1500 discounts have been redeemed so far.

Scoutmob’s description of Georgia Brown’s sums it up better than I could:

If DC were a restaurant, it’d be Georgia Brown’s. Sure, it combines southern charm and northern sophistication by serving up country cuisine in a sleek atmosphere, but what’s really “DC” about it is the crowd. Walk in at any given moment and it’s highly likely that you’ll see a near-complete cross-section of this city: everybody eats here. Whether you’ve been elected to Congress or intern there; serve on the city council or have been elected mayor; whether your idea of a good time is lobbying for the arts or creating them; whether you’ve just moved here or were born-and-raised, I repeat, everybody eats here and we all do so repeatedly for the same reason—it’s f@#king delicious.

Let’s eat! Accompanying me were one of my oldest friends (since we were roommates freshmen year of college) and one of my newest (someone I just met that morning). Bookends!

On Sundays, Georgia Brown’s hosts a swanky prix fixe jazz brunch but Saturday lunch is a la carte.

Before evening opening the menu, I got to work on the bread plate. Warm biscuits and cornbread with just the right hint of sweetness — I am powerless before a bread basket.

The bread comes with homemade honey peach butter. Just slather it on — there aren’t any calories in brunch (brunch rule #1).

Another brunch rule: order a fun drink. It’s totally acceptable to drink at noon on a Saturday. I got some sort of blueberry lemonade concoction that was gorgeous, delicious and refreshing on a hot day.

While the other two girls ordered salads, I decided to go all-out for the full Georgia Brown’s experience. Enter: The Vegetarian Sampler (sampling of our Black Eyed Pea Cake, Fried Green Tomato, Carolina Red Rice and smoked Vegetable medley).

What was good: the black-eyed pea cake was worth licking the plate and the red rice was the perfect complement.

What was just mediocre: the fried green tomato and smoked vegetables had almost zero flavor. It also came with a random, and not totally delicious, coleslaw.

While most of the meal was delicious — and the company excellent as we talked about travel plans past and future — I should tell you that a couple of hours after leaving Georgia Brown’s, I got really sick. It could have been food poisoning, it could have been all that fried food in the stomach of someone who usually sticks to chickpeas-spinach-couscous, it could have been the 100+-degree heat — all I know is that I had to cancel the rest of my afternoon plans and spent most of Saturday lying on the couch watching Bridesmaids.

Do I recommend Georgia Brown’s? Yes, but maybe stay away from the fried green tomatoes…

Is Washington, DC in the south? <– serious question!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 8:33 am

    Lively place to try Southern cookin’

  2. July 25, 2011 8:35 am

    Oh wow. Honey peach butter looks like something I could eat straight.

    DC is in the mid-Atlantic. Lumped with Philly. End of debate

  3. July 25, 2011 4:48 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this place for awhile – I got the same Scoutmob deal so I’m hoping to use it soon! It’s a shame you suggest staying away from the fried green tomatoes, that would’ve been one of the first things I’d order.

    I agree with Victoria on the DC question, I’d also say mid-Atlantic. Not that it’s much justification for the answer, but I don’t hear enough southern accents around here.

    • July 25, 2011 4:57 pm

      If you want good fried green tomatoes, definitely get them at Founding Farmers (although, to be fair, that’s the only other time I’ve ever eaten them!).

  4. July 25, 2011 9:33 pm

    Haha, I just did that 7 links post and said that my Scoutmob post was my most helpful post. I guess it’s true!

    DC is not the South.

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