Eat Bar

Written by on June 10, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(eat-bar.co) – Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: When we first moved to Arlington, I was looking up some of the area’s favorites online, and came across a restaurant called Eat Bar, that not only served food, but also had black and white cartoons playing on a big screen during Sunday brunch. What a fun idea! Now, who wouldn’t want to experience that?

Type of cuisine: “An American Gastropub” says it all! Everything from pork sliders to hot dogs, oysters to chicken & waffles, salads to fettuccine, mushroom fritters, skillet cornbread and an ice cream sandwich. You want one of your American favorites, go to Eat Bar for a delicious, slightly new spin.

Eat Bar

Ambiance: The large, neon signs outside, say it all, “EAT”. Enter the single-story brick building with storefront windows leading into a dark space, and you have found yourself in an amazingly detailed and ecclectic setting, a treat for the eyes and the stomach. The golden chiffon drapes at the windows, romantically set half-way up the windows, similar to the red, velvet curtains at a movie theater. Above the windows, colorful bottles make for thestained glass look in the small, rectangular windows leading up to the intricately tiled, plum ceiling. The walls are dazzling, deep purple with a uniform pattern of lavendar flowers painted atop. Gold-framed holes in the wall, in varying rectangular and square shapes and sizes, Mediterranean blue-tiled interiors are lined with goblet-style glasses holding candles. The metal ducts overhead are hardly noticable with the detailed Mideval style lights overhead, resembling candle chandeliers. Gold-framed chalkboards surround two wall-mounted, framed flat screen television sets over the large beach pebbled-wall at the bar, where specials are listed (by way of beverages, free Sunday movie nights and Eat Bar apparel). Overhead, towards the back of the establishment, an even larger screen plays old Loony Toons cartoons, complete with classical music to create a sense of ease and nostalgia, from our yellow-green, valour couch-seats. A grand booth is stuck inside the walls directly underneath the screen, while others enjoy their meals from the barquette and tall, backed bar chairs (both at the bar and creating the center line of the establishment), or tables and chairs lining the wall farthest from the bar.

What I ordered: To start, on this 90-degree day (already, at ten o’clock in the morning!), we were most excited about our mason jars of ice water, each including a straw! So refreshing. Then, as we settled in to the frigid air conditioned space, we selected our cranberry juice ($2.75) and drip coffee ($4 each) as we further perused the menu. I was tempted to order the Smoked Salmon Benedict ($14), but splitting a dish with Chris had me ordering the Tallula’s Benedict ($12) instead.

House Benedict

The house biscuit was topped with a thick, breaded and fried shredded pork patty, topped with a poached egg ball, bright yellow, tangy hollandaise, pickled jalapeño, and served alongside fresh home fries. Chris, and our second adult male dining companion, each chose Tallula’s Omelette ($11 each), a perfectly smooth and round egg pancake stuffed with spinach, caramelized onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers, and plenty of melted goat cheese, served with home fries.

Omelete

On the side, Chris needed his applewood smoked bacon ($4 for a generous helping of thin, crispy, salty strips) and breakfast sausage fix ($4 for three large). The final order, by which I, too was tempted, was for the Chicken & Waffles ($12), half a Belgian waffle (maple syrup on the side), topped with boneless, buttermilk soaked, breaded and fried chicken thigh, gravy and a side of braised kale.

Chicken 'n Waffles

For dessert – yes, we enjoyed dessert after our breakfast – we selected two of the Ice Cream Sandwiches ($6 each). My choice for the two mini ice cream stuffed chocolate chip cookies was the way it was intended: with peanut butter ice cream.

Dessert at Brunch!

Chris, having a peanut allergy, opted for a different flavor: oatmeal ice cream.

On a return visit, Sunday, July 15, 2012: Chris and I returned for Sunday Night Movies at Eat Bar to see “Blazing Saddles” and partake of snacks. Firstly, we downed the small containers of popcorn (free concessions) and then sampled two Baby Burgers ($4 each) with truffle mayo and balsamic onions, as well as one order of the Fries ($4), regular with an abundance of salt, served with the house malt vinegar dip (tartar sauce). Chris also ordered a cranberry juice ($2.75), served in a small wine glass for evening ambiant effect.

What I loved: The ice cream sandwich with peanut butter won my heart. But the food was tasty. I really enjoyed the perfectly poached eggs and the home fries. The fresh, thick cut vegetables in the omelette and the coffee.

Why I loved it: A fun atmosphere, excellent for families with small children and adults wishing to relieve their childhood through watching old Loony Toons cartoons on the gold-framed big screen. What a clever idea to serve good food while watching cartoons in a public establishment!

Cost: Average ($9-$15 per brunch entree)

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