There are two reasons I recommend Art and Soul: it has a great patio, and you can bring your dog. However, if you want to enjoy a Sunday brunch on their patio while sipping a Bloody Mary, don’t go before 11 am. Our reservations were at 10:30 since my friend needed to catch a flight right after, and we had to sit inside and were sadly denied drinks while we perused the menu. I can’t really fault them since the 11 am rule is likely due to their sidewalk and liquor license, but I will remember to ask for a later reservation next time. I generally wouldn’t care so much but was a gorgeous morning in the mid 80’s, which felt 200 times more amazing since our summer has comprised of heat indexes in the triple digits.
Okay, so aside from the poor planning on my part? The food was very good and we were all fairly pleased with our orders. The menu is comprised of standard brunch dishes, along with a range of lunch-type items — so whether you’re craving pancakes or a Rueben, you should find something that will hit the spot.
I ordered the Chesapeake Benedict, which had a perfectly poached egg on lightly cooked crabcake. My friends got the traditional Eggs Benedict (although it is served on a biscuit instead of an English muffin), and the French toast, giving both dishes good reviews.
While the food is good and covered exactly what you could want on a weekend morning, I do think it’s a bit over-priced. The French Toast and pancakes are both $12 and the eggs Benedict is $14 — not anything to balk at — but any other egg dish is $16-$19. Even the Continental Breakfast — granola, toast and juice or coffee – is $16.
Despite the food being a bit expensive, I would recommend and go back to Art and Soul for their great patio. And I would definitely recommend it as a great place to bring your dog along. They even offer a special menu for dogs which includes steak, beef tips, puppy cakes, frozen raw bones, homemade dog treats, and much more. Doggie-safe drinks are $3 and $4 (water is free), and snacks are all $5 each, except for the $8 “Hungry Dawg,” which is a 6oz grilled steak. My friend Nichole recently took her dog to happy hour at Art & Soul and reviewed it for The Hill is Home (where I am also a contributor).
So as soon as the temperature dips below 90 degrees again, grab your dog and enjoy a brunch on a lovely patio. You can then work off those calories wandering the Capitol Lawn or the Mall.