Near Logan Circle, a vibrant tapas restaurant and wine bar sits among a heap of antique furniture shops and cafés. Aptly named ‘Barcelona’, the imaginative spot off 14th Street NW pours Spanish flavor onto classic brunch staples.
To celebrate new beginnings, birthdays and farewells, I joined my friends last Sunday at Barcelona for a casual brunch. Nonetheless, the restaurant’s sleek design, stellar service and mouthwatering dishes elevated our experience to new heights.
If you fancy variety, Barcelona’s brunch menu was crafted especially for you. Prepare your palate for a plethora of tapas, from patatas bravas to spiced beef empanadas to blistered shishito peppers. Order two small plates and you’re all set for a terrific Sunday.
If you’re like me, and can’t wait to indulge in a colossal breakfast-lunch hybrid you may soon regret (chicken & waffles, anyone?), try the special brunch dishes. As a lover of lamb, I ordered the Char Grilled Lamb Burger featuring onion strings and tzatziki sauce. Of course, a serving of fries accompanied the dish. The cherry on top? Aioli sauce. There were no regrets whatsoever.
For an authentic finish, test out the churros and chocolate sauce. The sugary, Spanish-style doughnut arrived at our table in a pinch – piping hot and noticeably fresh. I can see myself stopping by on a Saturday afternoon for a cappuccino and a churro or two, just to spice things up.
All in all, Barcelona’s authenticity combined with expert servers made for a beautiful brunch. Coming from someone who lived in Europe for 10 years and visited Spain countless times, this is as close to Catalonia as you can get in Washington, D.C.
Hasta la próxima,