We’ve sung the praises of many of our favorite Petworth restaurants, but for some reason we have yet to mention one of the places we visit most frequently in the neighborhood. Homestead is barely a two-minute walk from our apartment, and one of our favorite places to grab a drink or a laid-back meal.
We stop in for brunch at least once a month, and have loved everything we’ve tried so far. We’ve never had to wait for a table, despite never making a reservation, and always receive great service. They’ve got a great selection of local beers, wine on tap and specialty brunch cocktails. Tom is a big fan of the Cafe da Qualia, a mix of iced coffee from Qualia Coffee next door and Jameson whiskey.For those looking for a party, they offer bottomless mimosas for $18 and bottomless bloodies for $20. French presses of Qualia Coffee are also available for those who do not wish to imbibe. Drinks can trend toward the pricier side, as they do most places in DC, but the food is very reasonable.
The menu is extensive without being overwhelming, offering something for everyone. This is a great spot if you’ve got a large group and everyone is craving something different. Plus, with three levels and multiple outdoor areas, there’s plenty of space to spread out.
Those who prefer a classic breakfast with all the fixings will gravitate toward the ‘Stead Breakfast with two eggs your way, Homestead potatoes, bacon, buttermilk pancake and a house made biscuit with jam.
This plate is to satisfying, all of my breakfast favorites perfectly represented. It sounds like a ton of food, but the portion sizes are reasonable so you don’t feel overloaded finishing the whole plate.
Vegetarians have several options, but one of my favorites is the spinach and mushroom omelet with a wild mushroom ragout, sautéed spinach and goat cheese, served with Homestead potatoes.
Almost every dish features nutritious fruits or vegetables, which make heavier dishes like the Berkshire pork hash and eggs feel a tad less gluttonous.
The Berkshire pork shoulder is wonderfully tender and served with a sweet potato and roasted pepper hash and topped with two eggs any style.
If you prefer lunch dishes over eggs, the L.B.L.T is a great option with thick-cut lamb bacon, tzatziki spread, lettuce, pickled red onions and smoked tomato jam on ciabatta. I opted for a lovely fruit-filled side salad over potatoes. Everything was fresh and delicious, as usual.
Hungover or just ravenous? The brunch burger has you covered. The stacked burger features Roseda beef, hickory smoked cheddar, an over easy egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion and a garlic aioli, served with Homestead fries.
Tom let me have a bite and it was delicious, and gloriously messy. We enjoyed the customizable sides, and couldn’t stop eating the fries topped with Parmesan.
Homestead is definitely one of our favorite brunches in Petworth, if not the district as a whole. I have no doubt we’ll keep going back until we’ve sampled the entire menu.
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