As you know, I am very into brunching. Someone once asked me, "When did brunching become a legit hobby?" & the answer is: When I made it into one. Seriously, can't a girl just dig a little breakfast/lunch portmanteau with friends?
Urbana was not even on the Great DC Brunch Tour list. It is one of my favorite DC joints & the restaurant where I met porn star & fellow Ohioan Sara Jay on my 24th birthday, but I didn't realize it was also a brunching hot spot. What a pleasant & drunken surprise.
Drunken brunch? Yeah, you heard me. Turns out Urbana features bottomless bellinis until 3 p.m. on weekends, which means that for $11, you can drink as many champagne & juice cocktails as your poor, already-probably-hungover brunch body can take. They fill you up with champagne, & you pick from an array of carafes of juice - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, cranberry, strawberry, flavors I'm forgetting, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. And we tried them all.
Needless to say, my two friends & I drank about six apiece, which evens out to a bottle or so each. By 3pm.
So what came next? Touring the L. Ron Hubbard House, of course! We thought they might try to convert us, especially if they somehow sensed our Jewishness (who knows what sort of magical powers they have!), but as it turns out, the docent was incredibly nice & the tour was incredibly interesting, even if we were also incredibly affected by our bellinis. Which meant that the next stop of the day was a massive nap.
Overall, I give Urbana five out of five brunching stars for chill atmosphere,tasty bacon, & the best brunch cocktail deal this side of the Potomac. The free hot chocolate in the lobby was also a plus, despite my spilling mini marshmallows all over the floor & my friend Andrew covering himself in exploding whipped cream before we rushed out in embarrassment. What do you expect when you provide us with so much champagne, Urbana? You asked for it.