Valentines at Brabo
Happy Valentines Day!
Weekdays can be tough in our household, so we decided to celebrate Valentines Day on Sunday, with a long walk in Old Town and a yummy lunch at Brabo Tasting Room in Old Town. Although the regular restaurant is not a great spot for vegetarians, the Tasting Room abounds with sandwiches, tarts, and salads for us non-meat eaters. I love the aesthetic of the Tasting Room: casual, but trendy, in a clean modern style, with plenty of room for the shopping bags or baby gear people typically schlep around Old Town. Because of how nice it is, I worried about bringing Serafina in, but the staff immediately made us feel at ease. They even came by several times to laugh, watch her eat, and make faces. There were a few other families eating, along with trendy couples, and tourists. The eclectic mix made everyone appear to be comfortable. The sandwich shop is a little bit pricey, so we will probably reserve it for special lunches, but well worth it for the quality of meal you enjoy. I ate a roasted portabella sandwich with lemon parmesan aioli and sautéed spinach. I loved how they chopped up the mushroom, so it didn’t have that giant overwhelming mass seen in other portabella sandwiches. Serafina enjoyed the roasted veggie tart, which the wait staff thought was hysterical. She preferred the well cooked veggies, and I had to hold my tongue when our generous waitress told her that meat tastes better. The last thing I need to do is explain to strangers that we are raising her vegetarian! Because the restaurant is on the top of King Street, we could walk down to the Potomac warm and full. Anyways, if you are going for a nice day in Old Town, with a special meal in mind, I highly recommend the Brabo Tasting Room.