To stay open on Monday or no? It's an eternal question for the restaurant and bar industry, who balance the needs of the many (hungry and thirsty types) with the few (hardworking toques and slingers who need a break after a long weekend). Our friends over at Boundary Road are ready to test the waters, at least for the next couple of weeks.
First up, Labor Day, when they'll open their comfy bistro on H Street for those who decided to kick it at home, instead of fight the crowds to Ocean City. Anyone bored by the typical lunch menu should come for the works here, among them Chef Brad Walker's black pepper and quark pierogis, cheesesteaks and, if you truly feel the need for some plant life, a steak salad. Service starts at 11 a.m.
The main event might be the following Monday, Sept. 9, when Congress saunters back into town after the summer recess. Apparently, someone in the Boundary Road inner circle heard that the first day back for boys and girls in Congress is spent heading to long, boozy brunches. While the idea of a Congressional Brunch Day is new to us, we're always game for a new tradition, so game on! Sounds very New Orleansy, which is always, always, a good thing.
Full brunch menu, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the bar will be open all day. If you've never had Walker's brunch, his Gentlemen Will Take a Chance (some kind of salted meat or confit, egg and seasonal vegetables), Peanut Butter and Bacon Monte Cristo or seasonal BLT need to be experienced. Full complement of cocktails, wine and beer available, but of course.