The Hamilton

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Another weekend day, another brunch, right? Right. So, my friends brought me to The Hamilton in Washington DC. This grand venue has a couple enormous dining rooms, another room for a bar, and even a room downstairs where they’ll host a Gospel Brunch. Hallelujah!

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They have a really eclectic menu too, with some great American classics, Southern dishes, a sushi menu, and even some signature boozy milkshakes. While the decor really gives you a grand, and elegant atmosphere, you can actually dine pretty casually. 

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To start, I ordered  their Hibiscus Mimosa (Carmina Prosecco, hibiscus flower, Byrrh Grand Quinaquina). Loved it. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and the best part is the edible candied hibiscus flower at the bottom.

Then for the table to start, we had the Salted Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun. Yeah, you should probably get that. It’s generous in size, served warm, with a sweet and slightly salted glaze that’s perfectly topped with candied pecans. I mean, nothing to complain about here. 

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Then, for my entree I had the Herb Crusted Cod with smashed peas. I really enjoyed this dish. The peas were a mix of smashed and puree and whole, which was a really great textural combination. The Cod was savory and flavorful with a really nice texture, going so wonderfully with the peas. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Hamilton
Location: 600 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. That hibiscus, the sticky bun, it’s a win-win situation. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, and I’m pretty positive the Gospel Brunch is amazing. 

Zucker Bakery

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In the midst of my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge off of Gothamist’s list, I wanted to take a break and visit…another bakery. Whatever, I’m not ashamed of how bakery obsessed I am. So, I headed over to Zucker Bakery in the East Village. 

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Walking in, you feel like you’re walking into a cute and cozy NYC apartment. Little cafe tables and couch seating invite you to eat baked goods and drink some Stumptown coffee. 

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This small batch bakery is making its unique cookies and “Roses” (similar to a sticky bun) by hand.

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Their packaging is pretty adorable. 

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I first tried their Alfajhores (Dulce De Leche filled cookie sandwich rolled in coconut flakes). It was so good. The cookie was soft and had a shortbread flavor. Inside, is the soft and sweet carmel flavor of the Dulce De Leche. And bringing both together, are the coconut flakes around the cookie. 

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Then, I also got one of their Roses. They have a couple different flavors, but I chose the cinnamon and raisin. It was soft and doughy with a great cinnamon flavor and sweetness from the raisins and delicate glaze on top. What’s great about this version of the sticky bun, is that they’re not too big (they’re about the size of a regular sized cupcake) and not too sweet, so you can eat them at just about any time.

The Shorts:
Name: Zucker Bakery
Location: 433 East 9th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it’s a great little spot to sit and have a coffee and cookie.
Would I recommend it? Yes.