Batter Bowl Bakery…the best thing since sliced bread

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BATTER. BOWL. BAKERY.

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Washington D.C.’s H Street Corridor has seen some major changes over the years. One welcome addition to the neighborhood is definitely Batter Bowl BakeryI know, I know…every newly gentrified neighborhood has some sort of hip new bakery. But, this place is more than that. Honestly, even despite the hipsters that flock here, and whether or not you’re 22 and dress up like hipsters, the pastries are pretty freakin’ tasty. 

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Ever have a little too much fun on a Saturday night? If your answer is no…you are lying. When you wake up on Sunday morning after that “too much fun Saturday night”, you really just need one thing. The breakfast sandwich. Behold – the mighty breakfast sandwich is here for you when you need it. So I walked over to Batter Bowl Bakery (alliteration much?) from my friend’s apartment a few blocks away. I had just a little too much fun on Saturday at the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase and a fun night out in the district. We were saved on our Sunday morning stroll over to Batter Bowl Bakery. Not only did we get the mighty breakfast sandwich on the best croissant ever, but we also had chocolate croissants that were buttery and flaky and perfect. All in all Batter Bowl came to the rescue and did not disappoint.

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The pain au chocolat was so good that it was ALMOST like being in France. Even though we were in fact in the nation’s capital, we were instantly transported to a parisian patisserie. Vive la France! 

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Dallas Design District Gem: Meddlesome Moth

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Easter brunch. Generally has some major shoes to fill from the previous year’s brunch. My last few Easter brunches have ranged from oceanside at Laguna Niguel to wonderful country club brunch in Florida. But honestly I think this year’s brunch might win the award for overall best. The vibe was relaxed but still formal enough for Easter. They played awesome music throughout the restaurant, ranging from Motown to Funk. And, how could I forget, the food…it was the icing on the cake. Literally. Well, not literally, but figuratively. Wait did we have cake? Ate so much I can’t remember. Michelle Obama would be pissed. Let’s Move was not the motto for Easter Brunch. Sorry, FLOTUS.

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So for Easter I had Easter Eggs – I actually just decided to call them my Easter Eggs but they are on the regular brunch menu and these Eggs Creole are outta this world. First of all it is really frustrating when people don’t serve you the perfectly poached eggs that you ordered. But, guess what, Meddlesome Moth got it right! Thank the sweet baby jesus. (Easter appropriate? I think so)  The Eggs Creole had amazing breakfast potatoes to boot. And the crawfish felt like it was straight outta the bayou. So fresh and so good. To top it all off the eggs were served on buttermilk biscuits. Let’s just say that after eating all of that I was pretty happy it was a day of rest. #indulgent

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My dining companions loved their food too. Fried chicken with jalapeno grits anyone?  WWJD? Jesus would order this for sure. I mean it is called the “Mother & Child Reunion” but it actually is…see the menu here if you don’t believe me.

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Also – the drinks – were legit. I had organic Sam Smith cider from the UK. But, if you aren’t into cider – which a lot of people aren’t – guess what you can order? 40 different beers on draft, more than 85 by the bottle, and you know what else? Bloody Marys that come with a beer tasting of your choice. BOOM. Meddlesome Moth wins for Best Easter Brunch I Have Had So Far. #rejoice 

Nick and Sam’s: You can have your steak and eat it too

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Nick and Sam’s. If you have spent time in Dallas, watch the show Dallas, or keep up with the best steakhouses in the USA, then you have heard of Nick and Sam’s.

Warning: If you are a vegetarian and don’t eat steak, you may be tempted to after reading this post.

I don’t eat steak regularly but when I do I go all out. Gimme that full 10 ounces of filet mignon. #pleaseandthankyou

Nick and Sam’s is really good. I mean REALLY good. I have been to my share of steakhouses in the country since I love having a good steak with some red wine to celebrate a special occasion. Peter Luger. Been there, done that. Love it. Sparks NYC. Drooling. Also have been to the less traditional steakhouses like BLT and STK. Alphabet soup of steakhouses…

In terms of ambience, the piano player in the main dining room and the art deco decor of the restaurant transport you to the Prohibition Era. Think Great Gatsby meets Chicago. It would’ve been fun to live in the Roaring Twenties I’m thinking. Any Nick Carraway’s out there?

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Even though I love the New York steakhouses with my favorite probably being the original Smith & Wollensky, followed by Peter Luger and Sparks, I feel that Nick and Sam’s is on the same level as these places…if not better. I know, bold. People worship Peter Luger more than some people worship god. BUT everything at Nick and Sam’s is just so good. Spinach salad to start with a poached egg on top. Amazing. Not to mention the caviar and toast points they give to the table before the meal. Delicious. Sorry Nemo.

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Caviar toast with all the toppings…pretty awesome alternative to the usual bread and butter…

The steak is cooked to perfection and you know what compliments it so well…sweet potato fries…and lobster mac n’ cheese. Gimme. Also – has anyone ever turned down creamy delicious goodness that is au gratin potatoes? I don’t think so.

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