Delray Café, located just outside of DC in Alexandria, VA, was disappointing, as I read more than one review that indicated this was a brunch place I wouldn’t want to pass up. I headed in with 3 friends, and we were seated at the top of the steps, during a slower time of day on Friday morning.
A huge menu consisting of asterisks and not all day, all day, only on weekends options, had me a bit turned off. A little KISS would go a long way, for sure. Starting with my must-have, the coffee was a whopping $4 a cup, watery and bitter. No deliciously bitter. Burned, in the pot too long, bitter. Unsavory to say the least.
We opted to split an order of French toast between 3 people, which was a solid choice, as somehow it was super dry. An unfortunate occurrence to a breakfast item dredged in liquid before cooking. Truly an uncomfortable bite to say the least, but the accompanying compote was super yummy. However, having to eat a sugary side to enjoy breakfast defeats the purpose of the star of the dish. So I took a hard pass on finishing and instead delved into the tiny fruit cup. Ordering a side of bacon, a beautiful plate with 4 thick-cut strips on it arrived. When served, it looked really good. Crispy, just dark enough… however it was like the smoking went awry. A very heavy charred taste, bordering on the bitterness one can only achieve through burning and then attempting to scrape off the black parts. Again, a hard pass on finishing my plate. To not finish a plate of bacon? Very unlike me.
The experience was not enhanced by the atmosphere of slow service on a slow day, albeit always with a smile. We asked for sharing plates while ordering, but they didn’t come for 5 minutes after we got our food. All-in-all, not the best way to start my day. Breakfast of champions, this was not.
Location: 205 East Howell Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301 www.delraycafe.com
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