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Tabard Inn

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I'm not sure how many times, I've been asked the question, "where do you like to go for brunch?" Well in my next series of posts, you'll know the places I love, and what to get. So, lets begin why don't we?

Tabard Inn
1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528

There is no question about it, don't even second guess yourself, the very first thing you MUST consume at the Tabard Inn are there freshly fried doughnuts. They are unbelievable. As soon as they are removed from the fryer the airy doughnuts are tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla whipped cream. Whats not to like? You can order them for a $1.50 a piece or $9 for a half dozen. I'm not ashamed to say, I ordered the half dozen.

For the main course. When I arrived there was a bit of a wait. The waiting area was full with patrons sipping on cocktails and waiting for their names to be called. While waiting, I was able to snag a menu to figure out what I wanted to eat. As soon as my eyes landed on the poached eggs, I knew that was it.

The poached eggs are served over fried oysters, cheese grits, pork belly, green onions and topped with red eye gravy. Are you salivating yet? I must say I'm a stickler about poached eggs, an over cooked egg is a huge peeve of mine. When I order a poached egg, I expect the yolk to be rich, creamy and delicious. And these eggs, met my expectations. The best part was the perfectly cooked pork belly. Salty, slightly fatty, and melted in my mouth. Everything on my plate was just perfectly executed.

As my "side," I had to try their house-made bagels and the house-cured salmon. I've never been a bagels and lox kind of girl, but I couldn't resist ordering something that is made in house. The bagel and smoked salmon were served up with cream cheese, caper berries, and a horseradish crème fraîche. I could have eaten the bagel and cured salmon all on its own but instead I topped off my bagel and smoked salmon with a mound of cream cheese, a few heaping dollops of the horseradish crème fraîche and a sprinkle of the salty caper berries. Divine.

By the time I devoured my meal, I unfortunately didn't have room for dessert (I hear they have great desserts!) I had already unbuttoned the top button of my stretchy pants. I was ready to waddle home, and take a power nap on my couch and hope I had room for dinner.

Next time I'll be sure to save some room for dessert.

**Please note that reservations are recommended. The restaurant is usually booked up two to three weeks in advance.

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