Last March, I visited DC to see some old friends for a spring time reunion. The trip reminded me of how much I miss the international restaurant scene from when I lived there. I didn’t live there long enough to enjoy all of the ones on my list (at least 112 spots), so when I do return for a visit I make a point to try some of the ones I missed.
While we were out, we came up with several restaurant choices, and ultimately decided for Belgian style.
When it comes to Belgian food in DC, the name Chef Bart Vandaele comes to mind. Chef Bart grew up in Belgium, and his culinary career started at the young age of 12 with an internship at Au Vigneron, a Michelin-starred restaurant. In 1997, he moved to Washington, DC to work as an executive chef for the Head of the Delegation of the European Union.
Years later in 2004, he opened Belga Café in DC, helping introduce Belgian cuisine to the United States. Since then, people have considered him the “Belgian Guy”, to which Americans and other visitors look to for some of the best Belgian food not easily found elsewhere in the country. As a result, Chef Bart Vandaele expanded with the opening of “B Too,” a casual and inviting spot in Logan Circle, serving his modern spin on Belgian classics in a playful atmosphere.
B Too has a fantastic and popular brunch, so a reservation well in advance is highly encouraged. Because of their unique Belgian waffles, this restaurant was most anticipated for my DC visit.
The venue is bright and lively. Even without having coffee, I felt of energized with the enthusiasm of the room. A mini station is behind the bar where you can see chefs make some of the Belgian waffles. I enjoyed smelling the waffles as they cook while watching the chefs decorate them with powdered sugar and various fruit.
I would never reject a Bloody Mary at brunch, and the one from B Too was spicy and refreshing. It was topped with a green layer of herb puree, adding some zest to my favorite brunch drink.
We also ordered the bacon in a bucket which was an enjoyable appetizer.
Some of us had a tough time deciding between a savory or a sweet waffle, so the obvious choice was to order both – a savory waffle each and one classic berry waffle to share. The waffle was cooked to perfection and not overly sweet, despite the fresh berries, whip cream, and sugar on top. Maple syrup is available at the table though I thought the berry waffle came perfect as it was.