New Fall Menu and Happy Hour at Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen

12th and Jackson Street, NE

From a press release:

“One of DC’s most exciting new neighborhood restaurants, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, celebrates the season with new Happy Hour offerings and special fall menu items. Opened in June, this Northeast eatery serves classic American fare, a selection of local and regional craft brews, and cocktails—as well as iced coffee—on draft in a smart, industrial-cool setting.

Renowned DC bar owners Tony Tomeldon of the Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s teamed up with Chef Shannan Troncoso, former Executive Chef of Matchbox Capitol Hill, earlier this summer to open their first dining destination. The trio has set out to create the ultimate neighborhood joint with Brookland’s Finest, welcoming families, professionals, students from nearby Catholic and Howard Universities, locals, fans and friends. Whether stopping by to catch the game at the bar on one of four flat-screen TVs, lunching with friends on the patio, or enjoying late-night bites in the dining room, Brookland’s Finest offers a simple, yet surprisingly sophisticated menu, celebrating local flavors and seasonal ingredients.

Happy Hour kicks off this week for both after work and late night gatherings. Available Monday through Thursday, 4 PM to 7 PM, the bar serves up select cocktails, beers and wines for $4, $5 and $6. The Late Night Happy Hour is also offered every night of the week from 11 PM until closing along with a limited Late Night menu.

Just in time for cool weather, Chef Troncoso and her team add new flavors of the season. Featured fall additions to the menu include a Kale Salad with pumpkin seeds and blood oranges; Local bone-in Pork Rack with green beans and cumin spiced sweet potatoes; Porcini Rubbed Rib Eye Steak with smoked gouda cauliflower mash; Wild Mushroom Risotto with black truffle and chanterelle mushrooms; and Braised Beef Short Ribs with bacon-gorgonzola Brussels sprouts. For dessert, Season Fruit Cobbler with Moorenko’s ice cream, Beignets with local honey and a sinful Double Chocolate Cake round out the new offerings.

These delectable dishes join the already popular “Lobster Tuesdays,” featuring market-fresh lobsters served with best-of-season ingredients, and the celebrated weekend Brunch including Eggs Benedict three-ways and Bay Shrimp and Grits. Troncoso also celebrates her Valdosta, Georgia roots this season with the Spiced Nut Sampler, which includes her house-made Boiled Peanuts.

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NW, 20017. Open for Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 10:30 PM, Fridays from 11 AM to 11:30 PM, Saturdays from 10 AM to 11:30 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 10:30 PM. The Late Night menu is available 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM weekdays, and 11:30 PM to 1:30 AM on weekends. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Brookland’s Finest does not take reservations.”

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  • I wonder if they’ll upgrade the service with their new fall menu. Great food and if you are at the bar, things are fantastic. If you are seated at a table, they’ll get to you when they feel like it. And when they do finally get to you, it seems they can’t be bothered to show an outgoing attitude or maybe we just aren’t cool enough. This has happened all three times we’ve eaten at a table with three different servers. It is almost like they all are walking around a little stoned. We’ll frequent again, but only if we are going to be eating or drinking at the bar.

    • Completely agree with this comment, unfortunately. The disagreeable attitude of our waitress last time we stopped in was so bad, we’ve sworn BF off for good. Such a shame; we’re always looking for yummy, mid-range dining options. We really wanted to like this place.

  • YAY! So excited for Happy Hour, finally! Love this place and now we’ll be back much more often…

  • brookland_rez

    Sounds yummy.

  • Food (photos on Facebook) would look more appetizing if done on white plates with better lighting. Sure it tastes good but we eat with our eyes first.

  • This has been a disappointment for me and my wife since we live in the neighborhood. We’ve been 3 or 4 times, and the food has been fine, but not great. We go because we can walk there, but since we have a 1 year old we don’t go out as much as we used too. We moved to the neighborhood from Capitol Hill about 2 years ago, and as much as we were looking forward to a nearby restaurant, my wife was looking forward to having a place to go with the baby for good coffee and camaraderie in the mornings. That never happened, and the guy who owned Sova is no longer there. Fortunately there are other options in the neighborhood now.

    • meh! I wasn’t expecting much from dive bar owners. Thank God for choices! Also, Zekes is close enough to me for coffee.

  • KSB

    These new offerings sound amazing! I’m surprised to hear how many people have had bad experiences, or at least not stellar ones. We’ve been here dozens of times and have never had sub-par service or food. I hope it gets better for folks!

    • Agreed. Surprised by all the negative comments. My family is here all the time because the food is consistently good and it’s by far the most kid-friendly of all of the newer restaurants in the neighborhood. I will admit I’ve had two servers who weren’t great, but I never saw them again, and everyone else has always been fantastic.

    • + 1. I go here all of the time. It’s not the Red Hen, but it’s a very nice neighborhood bar with better than average bar food. It seems busy most evenings, so I do not think we are alone in appreciating it for what it is.

    • Same! I know someone else said that if you sit at the bar, the experience is different. To be fair, I almost exclusively sit at the bar at restaurants if it’s just me and my husband, but we’ve been here with friends and sat at tables a number of times and never had anything to complain about. I love this place.

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