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potato pancakes with lox, eggs, and sour cream | $8.95 | commissary | logan circle

After a long run on Saturday that ended in Logan Circle, I was starving.  Luckily, we were at one of my favorite blocks in D.C., on P Street between 14th and 15th. Although I’ve patronized nearly every establishment on the block (hello, lululemon, Whole Foods, Pitango, Pacer’s . . .even Stoney’s!), I’ve somehow unintentionally skipped over Commissary, whose tagline is “your neighborhood place, honest pricing.” I was happy when my run buddy A and I found two empty seats at the bar and did not need to wait for a table during the busy Saturday brunch hours.

In addition to the deliciously satisfying potato pancakes with lox, I also ordered a soy macchiato that was both properly prepared (you’d be surprised… I’m looking at you, Busboys…) and appropriately priced at $2.75 with no surcharge for soy. Including tax and tip, my wallet was minimally hit for $15 + change, which may be in the gray zone for “cheap eats” levels but is definitely a 20-30% savings on a comparable brunch elsewhere in D.C.

Commissary also makes good on it’s tagline as “your neighborhood place” by having superfriendly staff, quality service, and patrons who happily shift seats to make room at the bar. Better yet, it only serves local, all natural, grass-fed steak, poultry, and dairy products, with many items being sourced from EatWells farm in La Plata, Maryland.

Commissary’s extensive menu means there’s something for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans. A ordered the vegetarian asparagus, spinach and tomato benedict with home fries ($8.95), and she equally enjoyed her meal. An omnivore to the core, I will be returning soon for the “pulled pork and cornbread benedict with BBQ hollandaise” ($9.25).

asparagus, spinach, and tomato benedict (w hollandaise on the side) with home fries | $8.95 | commissary | logan circle