City Tap House
901 9th Street
Washington, DC 20001
The Chinatown area of Washington DC has seen dramatic changes in recent years, with high rises seemingly springing out of the ground and multimillion-dollar developments seeming to appear every new year. New restaurant concepts have exploded, with many targeting the trendier, younger demographic exploding into the city scene. In that context, City Tap House thrives. This bar and brunch spot caters to the affluent who live, work and play in the city center. It’s a pleasant place to visit, especially for brunch.
“Rustic yet comfortable.” That’s how the restaurant describes its menu. It’s kind of a funny name, considering how those two things are one and the same in much of the Midwest. But we’re in downtown DC, so maybe is makes a difference. Some things to try on that menu:
- Tap House Benedict: different from your usual order off eggs, this one is served not over a biscuit as many others are, but over a cornbread cake, for extra flavor. The eggs aren’t cooked over easy as one might expect, instead they are poached; cooked in boiling water, then topped with a chorizo hollandaise sauce and sauteed spinach. Just enough of a slight heat to be memorable.
- Classic Margherita Pizza: This one is built like a flatbread, thin and crispy, topped with a thick tomato sauce, olive oil, and of course fresh mozzarella cheese. Amazing! Especially when served as a breakfast dish. It is the right amount of filling, does not really need a ton of salt or pepper to really work.
Service here is pretty good, the restaurant is a large interior and is built for big groups, so expect for you to take a little longer than average to arrive at your table, especially during the very popular dinner and brunch hours. Prices though are very on par with what you’ll find in Washington DC. Pretty wide variety, and I think that the appeal here definitely leave the place popular with adventurous younger diners.
And has brought a lot of new concept to late in recent years, a lot of them seem very similar as they try to go across the same demographic lines and bring in the same kind of people. But the spot really offer something a little bit unique. Agreed bar with a good dinner menu, and a good brunch to go with it. Whichever of those meals you want to go for, you might find this spot is worth a visit.
- Brunch is hugely popular meal here, you should expect crowds on weekends.
- Give a try to the exit going to Dick here, it’s really great.
- The bar has a lot of good beers on tap, so it’s just as good a place to drink as it is to eat.