501 8th St. SE, Washington, DC
Located just a few blocks from the Eastern Market Metro, the Chesapeake room is done up in Colonial blue, brown leather banquettes, marble and mahogany. While the interior is nice, the biggest draw is definitely its great outdoor patio. Located on the sidewalk level, the patio boasts comfy armchairs scattered among dark wood tables and slowly turning ceiling fans. We had reservations, but at 11 am on a Sunday morning, the restaurant didn't seem too crowded yet.
|Airy patio at the Chesapeake Room|
The Chesapeake room offers their own interpretation of Eggs Benedict - two poached eggs served atop lump blue crab meat, with fried green tomatoes taking the place of English muffins. No Hollandaise sauce; instead, the egg yolk is pierced and allowed to spill out over the delicious egg/crab/friend green tomato mixture.
I've had plenty of Eggs Benedicts served atop crab cakes, but this was somehow lighter - the fried green tomatoes were far less "cakey" than crab cakes tend to be. The flaked lump crab meat added the perfect amount of "Chesapeake" to the dish. Although home fries were meant to accompany the dish, I swapped mine out for bacon. Well, I use "swapped" loosely since I was charged $4 for the bacon. That was disappointing.
So ... it was good. It wasn't amazing, but it was decent. Would I come back? Perhaps, if I was already heading to Eastern Market or over in that area. But I wouldn't make a special trip out there.