Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cafe Saint-Ex

Cafe Saint-Ex is an aviation- and travel-themed bistro located in the newly-cool 14th street corridor between U street and Logan Circle. While many people know of Saint-Ex primarily for their weekend tradition of sweaty, crowded and dude-tacular basement dance parties, it actually has a decent brunch.

Saint-Ex is a small bistro with a small brunch menu and they do a few things well; in particular, they know how to fry green tomatoes. These slightly tart and crispy breaded fruits provide a refreshing edition to their eggs benedict and BLT. Both dishes skillfully incorporate the tomatoes: For the benedict, the fried green tomatoes are placed between the eggs and the English muffin, which is then topped with a tomato hollandaise. In the BLT, the fried green tomatoes provide a nice complement to the smoky and crispy bacon. The dish is finished with a tomato mayo and comes with fries or a salad (I recommend the sweet potato fries).

Another interesting brunch dish is the Monte Cristo. It is essentially ham and cheese sandwiched between two thick slices of French toast and served with a side of maple syrup. A successful Monte Cristo combines the saltiness of the ham and cheese with the sweetness of the French toast. While this one could have been a crispier, it was fine though not outstanding

Surprisingly good coffee as well.

Contact information after the jump. Continue reading.

Cafe Saint-Ex.
1847 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-7839.

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1 comment:

Gaston said...

Cafe Saint Ex is Horrible:

I had the worst culinary experience of my life there (twice). The ambiance matches the food perfectly. Overcooked and flavorless food, spilled beer and slow service, overpriced for what it is; rowdy and drunk kids on the best nights...the most overrated place in town. Nice decor, patio, and great location are the only +s.

My thought is that this is probably one of the relics of the dot com guess is that kids with a few bucks and no knowledge of the restaurant business must own this restaurant.

Don't go...waste of money and time!