Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brunch at Carlyle

4000 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 931-0777
Hours: Saturday Brunch 10:30am-3:00pm Sunday Brunch 9:30am- 3:00pm; Regular Hours: Monday- 11:00am-10:30pm; Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am -11:00pm ; Friday- 11:00am-midnight; Saturday-10:30am-midnight; Sunday-9:30am-10:30pm

Neighborhood: Shirlington
Nearest Metro Station: N/A

Brunch Prices: A la carte $5.50-$20.00
Featured Brunch Cocktails:
 Sparkling Virginia Cider $3
Mimosa $6
Grand Mimosa (with Grand Marnier) $8
The Bellini Cocktail $7
Absolut Peppar Bloody Mary $7

Yes! I finally found another location with Saturday brunch, although I went on a Sunday. This time I decided to venture away from the metro line and go to Shirlington. I have heard a lot of good things about Carlyle and decided the Brunch Club needed to make a trip over there. Carlyle is one of the Great American Restaurants, which in my opinion they never disappoint.  Just like the rest of their restaurants Carlyle gets just as busy so for brunch you will most likely not be able to do a reservation, but you can call ahead while you are on your way to make the wait shorter.

Sesame Crusted Seared Rare Tuna Salad
Mango Chicken & Spiced Pecans
The food is amazing! Although, if you are looking for a more breakfast food, this may not be the best place for you, but if you want more of a lunch type of menu this is a great place.  They have small salads like the Traditional Caesar or Warm Goat Cheese & Spiced Pecans. If you’re looking for a bigger salad they have a Short Smoked Grilled Salmon Salad or Mango Chicken & Spiced Pecans. There are a few breakfast type dishes like the BBC Brioche French Toast or the Stake & Eggs Benedict.  The deserts looked amazing, but we were to full to eat them, but they had (yummy) Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding or even a Best Buns Dog Biscuit to take home to Rover if you really wanted to! I decided to get the Crab Cake Sandwich without the bread… and it was great! The French fries and coleslaw were awesome. (I am getting hungry just thinking about it right now!)   
My Crab Cake " sandwich"

The mimosa were good, but they were nothing to write home about. Compared to other places I have gone, having one mimosa for $6 is not that appealing.

I would have to say Carlyle is a great place to go to brunch after church or with family and friends if you are looking for a classy place for brunch. This would not be a good location to starts a Sunday or Saturday Funday.