By Priya Konings
Let’s face it: H Street Corridor can be a pain to get to, especially since the streetcar hasn’t started running yet, and at this rate who knows if it will ever be functional? But brunch at Le Grenier is worth the trip H Street, and based on the crowd at this charming French bistro, it’s clear that others have reached the same conclusion.
Despite the fact that the restaurant is jam-packed at brunch the noise of people chattering is drowned out but the much more pleasing sounds of popping Champagne bottles and upbeat French tunes. Which will allow you to focus on what’s really important: the food.
Le Grenier’s brunch deal is $18.95 for two courses and a glass champagne or a mimosa. Take advantage of this. You can choose whether the two courses will be an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert, but I can tell you in advance to go with the entrée and dessert. Appetizers options are soup or salad while desserts features two different crepes: it’s clearly no contest.
As for the brunch entrees, one of the highlights is the scrambled eggs, which are made with heavy creamy and herbs. They are as creamy and luxurious as you imagine, and are served with your choice of a green salad or a generous bundle of frites. Now, let’s be honest here: whatever you order is really just a vehicle to get to the frites. Thin, crunchy, salty, piping hot, these are some seriously fabulous French fries. Dip them in mayo like the French do. At this point, you are already over your calorie quota for the day so might as well go for broke. The eggs benedict is another brunch dish that Le Grenier does well; the hollandaise is made from scratch, and is the epitome of rich and buttery. Don’t worry, they come with frites too. Other options include a croque monsieur and a savory crepe of the day.
After your main course, order another glass of champagne and contemplate your dessert choices. It’s a Nutella crepe versus a lemon sugar crepe. The lemon sugar crepe is sweet and tart and light, but the Nutella crepe takes it all to a new level. Stuffed with the famous hazelnut chocolate spread and sprinkled with powdered sugar it is a pretty serious foodgasm. The choice is yours, but….you can never go wrong with nutella.
Cap off your meal with another glass of champagne. When in France, right?