Located in Columbia Heights, Maple is a neighborhood wine bar and restaurant just a short walk from where we were staying in DC. We showed up for brunch right when they opened at 10am. It’s nice that they have outdoor seating, but the streets in this area are very noisy. We eventually had to migrate inside once it started drizzling.
Maple offers a solid selection of brunch entrees for under $15 each. If you plan on drinking, get the $24 carafe of mimosas instead of ordering mimosas individually for $6.
John basically had dessert for breakfast that day! He had the Sweet Breakfast Panini ($7) with nutella, smashed banana, and toasted hazelnuts on brioche. On the side, he got the flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte with raspberry coulis ($7).
I ordered the Poached Eggs with Spinach ($12), which sounds like Egg Florentine, but was a slightly different. The eggs were served on toasted baguette slices with shaved parmigiana reggiano and topped with arugula oil, which I initially mistook for pesto.
The eggs needed some salt because the arugula oil didn’t do much. The shaved cheese added a nice salty flavor that went well with the spinach. The potatoes tasted good, but were quite greasy. All in all, not too bad for the price, and it helped that the mimosas were spot on!