the brunch deal
black bean puree, meatballs, veggie benedict
more of the menu
part of the menu
veggie benedict, pan dulce, masa mimosas
boyfriend and the red light fixtures
So, I’ve been to this Latin-Asian fusion restaurant twice now. Once was almost a year ago, with my dear coworker from the Obama campaign, and mostly recently, this past Saturday with my boyfriend, Alex, who is visiting from the South. He’s super awesome and you should follow him on Twitter.
We had a 1:00pm reservation, which I chose so that we could get in sufficient drinking time without over-doing it. Don’t judge me. When you’re faced with bottomless mimosas and a weekend’s worth of law school reading, you will do the same thing.
And brunch we did. The vibe of Masa 14 is one of my favorite elements of the restaurants. It’s slightly industrial, with wood accents and splashes of red that make you feel warm and intimate as soon as you sit down. My one issue with the seating is that it feels VERY close to other tables to the point that it’s almost distracting. However, as soon as you’re presented with the generous menu, you forget those around you and begin to decide what you want to eat. The best part of bottomless brunch and brunch drinks is that you can have whatever you liiiiiiiiiike, yeah *insert T.I. voice and dancing to the song*.
ANYWAY. We started with the basics. Breakfast tacos, housemade granola and yogurt with a blood orange sauce, breakfast pizza and waited for those to come out. We both drank (copious amounts) of the Masa Mimosa, which is a mimosa with mango puree and blood orange juice and obviously, champagne. After several of those and several plates of food, you start to sink into the red and warmth and the intimacy of the restaurant and it just feels really good.
After the first round of food, we started to get more adventurous. A bahn mi burger, veggie benedict, black bean puree, smoked chicken hash, pan dulce, angus beef and pork meatballs rounded out the meal for the day. The bahn mi burger was delicious, but tiny, which is fine since you can just order another. I would NEVER come here for small plates outside of brunch because these are seriously small plates. I wasn’t a fan of the veggie benedict, as it was flavorless and soggy when I tasted it, though it looked delicious. The smoked chicken hash confuses me because I want it to be so much more than it is…but it’s not. The highlight of it is actually the fried yucca; I absolutely love it with the seasoning that go on the chicken hash. My favorites are the pan dulce, which is just sweet enough with the pineapple topping; and the meatballs, filled with flavor and spice. I really enjoy their texture as well. After you’re full, you can continue to drink (which is obviously what you’re there for) either at your table or at the bar. Each time I go, I spend a solid two hours there and then another three hours after hating myself for my gluttony and thinking of ways to burn calories.
Masa 14 is a great brunch place for the environment and drinks alone, but when you add some truly stellar food options as well, it stands out amongst brunch places in DC. I am looking forward to sampling some more of Richard Sandoval’s restaurants in this area. While I can’t recommend Masa 14 for any options other than brunch at this point, I may have to make my way back there for a weekday extravaganza.
How to get there: Take the green/yellow line to U Street/African American Civil War Memorial metro station. Exit at 13th Street. Walk to 14th St and take a left. The restaurant is about a block and a half down the street, between S and T Streets.
How much you’ll spend: For brunch, you will spend $35 plus tip and tax/person. If you go for the $35 brunch, everyone at the table has to do it. And if you don’t at least get tipsy, you’ve wasted your money. Because what’s the point of bottomless alcohol if you don’t drink it, hmm?
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