Mr. Smith’s – Georgetown [Update]

17 12 2010

“Hoya Saxa” – Georgetown University Chant (Latin “for these eggs are cold”)

Mr. Smith's
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One Saturday we set off in the pursuit of having brunch at this place called EatBar. EatBar promised cartoons and brunch, a winning combination. Great concept, poor execution on EatBar’s part (There was no audio for the cartoons and atmosphere was too boushy for us anyway — Heathcliff). So we promptly exited the establishment and set off to find an alternate dining location. We ended up in Georgetown going to the good, reliable Mr. Smith’s.

Spikes and I ordered the coffee which was fairly solid. It wasn’t amazing, but it hit the spot and augmented the large cup I drank at home. Heathcliff ordered a milk. With respect to the entrees, we all possess of a particular love of hollandaise sauce that resulted in all three of us ordering variations on Eggs Benedict. I opted for the classic Benedict, Spikes went with lump crab meat, and Heathcliff went with a “Louisiana Style” chicken breast.


Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benaddicted

The breakfast certainly looked excellent and I ate every bite, but it felt like there was something missing; Temperature. The breakfast was lukewarm. There’s one thing I’m really big on, and it’s that my food be warm. It wasn’t just an isolated incident, both Spikes and Heathcliff’s dishes weren’t warm either. The lack of warmth in my food really impaired my enjoyment of the dish.

The eggs were poached in the traditional manner rather than in a cup, however they let them cook a bit too long since the yolk was slightly hardened and not properly runny. The ham was well grilled and the English muffin was well toasted, so no complaints there. The potatoes were properly fried, but because they weren’t warm they were fairly mediocre. The hollandaise sauce was another component of the dish that was really impacted by being lukewarm. I wanted to like this meal, I really did; it looked great and I was certainly very hungry, but it was just wasn’t warm. (Also, where was the Cajun spice? My chicken was inadequately seasoned and probably not worth the relatively low price tag of $8. — Heathcliff)

This wasn’t the first time Heathcliff had been there, so thanks to his recommendation this would’ve really turned us off of Mr. Smith’s. The most disappointing thing about this meal was that we knew it could fulfill it’s potential with very little effort. Mr. Smith’s is a very relaxing and casual atmosphere which we all really appreciated. We know their food is normally better prepared than this, but on this Saturday Mr. Smith’s just couldn’t bring it.

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