The first time I discovered Bread and Brew was during a run this past Halloween. A sign outside the establishment read simply: “FREE JELLO SHOTS.” My God. This was too good to be true. What was this place?
Located on the corner of N and 20th street, Bread and Brew is a combination cafe, bar and coffeehouse. There are two floors, the bar downstairs and the cafe/coffeehouse on the ground level. The cafe offers homemade soups, salads, quiches, individual pizzas and more. There is also a Sunday brunch menu with items such as omelettes and egg and bacon platters. In addition to food, there is a large selection of organic coffee and coffee beverages.
At the downstairs bar you’ll find an extensive beer list, including Flying Dog, Abita, Arrogant Bastard and Dogfish Head. There is a carefully selected wine list as well. There are also nightly specials, such as what was graciously offered on Halloween night.
What I also like about Bread and Brew is its value. Most menu items are fairly inexpensive, and are quite delicious. I visited the upstairs cafe for brunch, and ordered a breakfast plate with two eggs any-way (I had mine poached), potatoes, toast and bacon for $7. In addition, I ordered a blood orange mimosa, for $6. Not bad for D.C.
The relaxed, friendly vibe and atmosphere, the fair-priced food and drinks make for an inviting atmosphere. Bread and Brew is not at all pretentious, and I admire that. I’ll definitely be back for a bite or drink (maybe even a free jello shot next Halloween).