Last Sunday we were invited to Quinn’s On The Corner for brunch. The moment you walk into Quinn’s, you feel at home.
The warm interior, the bright sunshine streaming in through the huge windows, and the welcoming staff and interior of Quinn’s is cozy with a quirky-sporty touch. The first thing you notice when you walk in are the long communal high tables, and even longer bar — this is a great place to bring a group of people without having to worry about cramming into a booth.
We were seated almost immediately and the service came with a smile and friendly conversation, despite having to serve several large parties. Our waiter was pleasant and accommodating. Although we did not partake in the alcoholic libations this time around, we enjoyed our fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, and Arnold Palmer, as well as the perfect breakfast-blend coffee. However, there were no milk alternatives, something to note for anyone who is dairy free. We did hear from a few other patrons we were seated near that the mimosas were amazing – especially the pineapple ones.
After our drinks came and we put our food orders in our waiter came back with the most amazing popcorn I’ve ever had. Okay, okay – I know you’re wondering how can popcorn be so good? But in all seriousness, E had 3 mini-buckets to herself. It is tossed in the most enticing (and mysterious) blend of spices. I would say it’s a cross between BBQ and Old Bay, with a dash of something sweet to help cut the salt. Although I’m usually dying for a bread basket, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed munching on the popcorn. And when the second order of it came out without even asking, I was even happier.
And then came our food! For an appetizer E and I ordered a side of fruit and french toast sticks. The fruit was the typical mix of honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, and pineapple which was good, but expected. But the french toast sticks? Quinn’s Irish-Belgium menu origins really shine in the french toast sticks. These are not the thin, flavorless sticks you remember from childhood (#classic). These french toast sticks are fluffy yet dense, and have an amazing crunch as they are crusted in sweet panko. Oh, and did I mention the yummy pecan butter syrup that came with them? Amazing. These were definitely my must-have menu item.
For our mains, T got the crabcake BLT. The crab cakes were flavorful and delicious, and the whole wheat bread was toasted to perfection. Usually a fan of white bread, she was pleasantly surprised by it. It also came with french fries, which were golden with the perfect amount of crunch. Though the portions aren’t outrageous, they are very hearty and will definitely leave you feeling full. T also really enjoyed the more ‘lunch’ aspect of this brunch and felt the breakfast foods and lunch foods were perfectly matched, which means you can please everyone in the group.
For her main, E got a smoked salmon bagel with a side of potatoes. For a classic “bagel” menu item, it was actually more than enough food to be considered a main. She typically goes for any item with smoked salmon so she was perfectly happy and thought everything tasted great. E mentioned she could have done without the tomato jam, but all in all, it was a great meal with awesome service.
Overall, we really enjoyed the homey atmosphere which was even more improved by a helpful staff willing to answer any questions, make order modifications, and keep refills (of drinks and popcorn) without even having to ask. If you’re in Arlington, it’s a great new spot to grab some brunch on a sunny day. They also have a lovely patio so when it gets a little warmer, it’ll be a perfect spot for outdoor brunch! Oh, and did we mention they have $10 mimosa carafes?
– T & E
Quinn’s On The Corner
1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209