All words: Brandon Weight
All photos: Stephanie Breijo
Often times, brunch can be too “fill in the blank.” Overindulgent. Rich. Basic. Searching Yelp for brunch reviews will often read like a yuppie Mad Libs.
Yet, at Urbana, nothing is too over the top (the eggs florentine come exactly as described, and just as delicious as you’d imagine), too sweet (the “bomboloni” doughnuts with blueberry compote were just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth), nor too unadventurous (the tasso and egg pizza was a brunch/hangover heaven). Situated alongside the Kimpton Hotel in Dupont Circle, Urbana bucks the trend of “hotel restaurants” with everything from cooking classes to an amazing happy hour.
Under Executive Chef Ethan McKee, the restaurant offers a diverse brunch menu worth sampling from, since no side nor main dish misses anything. The jumbo lump crab cake sandwich will make you pine for your mom’s crustless sandwiches, and the Chesapeake. Plus, the eggs florentine mentioned above comes with potatoes that you better not douse in ketchup.
Be sure to make a reservation in advance and to request patio seating – there are a handful of tables on P Street worth the planning since a.) it won’t get crowded outside and b.) it’s far enough away from the roundabout to have little traffic and noise.
Urbana is located at 2121 P Street NW and is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.