Restaurant Review: Cafe Bonaparte
Cafe Bonaparte is one of those places, you know the ones, the ones with the long lines on the sidewalk that draw your attention as you pass by on a Sunday afternoon, so much so that you decide to see what’s happening by joining the never ending reservation line into the exclusive brunch club.
I’ve often driven past Cafe Bonaparte, confused by the never-ending line to enter a shoebox-sized restaurant for Sunday brunch. In my mind, Sunday brunch should be a time when one can stretch out with the paper and take ones time eating, sipping, reading and enjoying the atmosphere.
Cafe Bonaparte isn’t that type of place. With it’s too small cups of expensive French press coffee and over-priced yet scrump-diddly-umptious menu items, it’s the kind of place you check out every so often for a taste of something different.
Featuring a menu packed with vegetarian options, it was difficult to decide upon what to order. After receiving poor service in the packed-to-the-gills shoebox, I finally settled on ordering the Santorini crepe with ham, reminiscent of the Greek Isle, packed with feta and spinach whilst my darling cohort (I will one day stop that, Don) ordered the Dali omelet, also with ham.
Although I felt as though I was sitting in the middle of the main thoroughfare to the kitchen, everyone who worked there appeared to be a waif French model who spent their mornings smoking cigarettes on the Georgetown sidewalk whilst drinking cappuccino from a thimble, and quite frankly, that is not I, yet the food was surprising worth it.
If you don’t mind cramped quarters, waiting for your waitstaff, small, over-priced beverages but melt in your mouth food, plan to stop by this weekend and taste something a little different from your usual brunch fare.
Address: 1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C.
Hours: 9 a.m. -11 p.m. M-T, 9 a.m. -1 a.m. Fri, 10 a.m. -1 a.m. Sat, 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Sun