New Year's Day Brunch at Medium Rare
There is something very refreshing about a small and tailored menu. To me it says that the restaurant knows what it does well, and is dedicated to focusing on those items and ensuring they are always done right. Enter Medium Rare, the D.C. go-to for steak frites, which was opened by Tom Gregg and Mark Bucher in Cleveland Park back in 2011. The restaurant was an instant hit, pulling its inspiration from Parisian spots such as Le Relais de l'Entrecôte which serve high quality steak frites, and nothing else. And in recent years it has expanded with a second outpost in Barracks Row. However, Medium Rare is also known for their brunch, and every year they do a New Year's Day pajama brunch that my friends and I decided to attend just a few days ago.
The restaurant is warm and neighborhood casual, and on January 1st the music was on-point. Loud, but not too loud, and playing hits by Bruce Springsteen, Gin Blossoms, and Goo Goo Dolls. Many people arrived in robes and flannel pants, all of which was applauded for this special occasion. The staff wore party hats, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The brunch menu consists of a few classics:
- Steak Frites
- Steak and Eggs
- Eggs Benedict
- Egg Frites and Sausage
- French Toast & Sausage
The deal is hard to beat-- for $23 you get your choice of drink (bottomless Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, Mimosa, coffee and fresh orange juice), your choice of an appetizer (salad or yogurt parfait), and an entree. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday at both locations.
There is no question you should go to Medium Rare for their steak frites, but you absolutely should make a point to join them for brunch as well. That french toast is not messing around.