1020 N. Highland St., Arlington, VA
Last month I faced a dilemma. Mother's Day was coming and I needed a place that a) served delicious food; b) was in Arlington/Alexandria; c) took reservations. After scouring OpenTable, I decided to give Lyon Hall a try. We had eaten dinner at Lyon Hall when the place first opened, and found their French/German offerings to be very good. But would their brunch live up to the hype?
|Squash, spinach and eggs served atop sourdough bread|
The short answer - yes. It was delicious. Our server promised that the Squash Poached Eggs was a light dish - but she must have been joking. A plate arrived, steaming with cubes of roasted butternut squash, sauteed mushrooms, spinach and two lightly poached eggs all covered in a sage/brown butter hollandaise sauce. After plowing through the veggies and protein, it was nearly impossible to eat the 2-inch thick slab of toasted sourdough bread lurking underneath. And yes, the bread soaked up the yolk (perfectly cooked) and the rich twist on hollandaise, so it was delicious. I was just so full.
The only miss of the meal was the starter of Four Fresh Doughnuts. I am not a big donut fan, and these were just "meh" (if you're looking for good donuts, hit up the Doughnut Plant in NYC). I also was not a fan of their coffee - I say skip the Counter Culture brand and use illy instead.