Bar Charley

  • Hours: Mon-Thur: 5pm-12:30am, Fri: 4pm-1:30am, Sat-Sun: 10am-1:30/12:30am
  • Happy Hour: All day on Monday, until 6:30pm Tues-Fri
  • Brunch Price: $23.95 for any main and bottomless, bloodys, etc.
  • Reservations: Only parties of 6+, get there before 11am for Brunch
  • Location: Between Dupont and Admo, DC

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A few weeks ago, T, our friend (Meg), and I decided to treat ourselves to a Saturday girls brunch at Bar Charley. After reading lots of reviews and passing by on our walk to AdMo (without noticing), we decided to stop in. We had called earlier in the week to confirm that they do not take reservations for parties less than six.

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We agreed to get up a bit earlier to beat the Saturday brunch rush. We realized that arriving before 11am was the sweet spot. Right after we were served our coffee, we realized that he entire place was full and had that distinct brunch buzz. Also, be prepared to sit CLOSE to others. They seated our table, and several other parties of 3-4 at tables you’d think would only fit 2.

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We all ordered coffees which arrived in adorable widemouthed blue ceramic mugs. As a heads up, they don’t have any milk substitutes but I made do. We also ordered the bottomless option, mimosas for T and Meg, and I started with a Bloody Mary.

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The bloody was spicy and delicious, but lacked any accouterments such as celery, bacon, or cheeseburger (a girl can dream). Although I can’t pass on a Bloody Mary, I switched to mimosas after that, which were perfectly acceptable.

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We started off with a round of cinnamon buns for the table. They were delicious, warm, bready, and sweet. My only complaint is that there weren’t more! For the main, I went with the American Breakfast which included two eggs (poached for me), home fries and bacon. Everything was delicious and the eggs were perfetly runny.

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T, picky as they come, enjoyed your nutella french toast. The bread was thick cut, perfectly prepared, and came with a dusting of cinnamon. Underneath there was a spread of nutella that mixed perfectly with the syrup and powdered sugar, without be overwhelming (typically an issue when mixing french toast with an even sweeter element than syrup).

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Overall, we would definitely recommend a visit to Bar Charley, they are strict about their two hour brunch time limit but that was just the right amount of time for us.

-E

Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

http://www.barcharley.com/

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