Optimism Lounge On Brookland’s 12th Street Now Offers A Great New Sunday Brunch Option

My wife and I have been to Optimism many times over the years and have seen how the owner, Jesse Brown, a longtime Brookland resident, has steadily changed the place for the better since taking it over about three years ago. It’s a great place to enjoy a happy hour drink along with their amazing chicken wings, or catch the game on their TVs. Now, Jesse has added yet another improvement. About six weeks ago Optimism started Sunday brunch, and we figured enough time had passed to give it a review. So we grabbed and friend and headed over.

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We were greeted with Optimism’s usual super friendly service, and decided to test drive the bloody mary. Zippy, tasty, and very good, ordered a second by mid-meal. The menu 0ffers classic brunch items at affordable prices (listed below). So, we decided to dive in and order a bunch of dishes to get a feel of the overall menu. By far the best item was the Blue Fish and Grits, which my friend ordered and I stole bites of. It was simply outstanding. The grits were so delicious and had a real depth of flavor. The fish was grilled and seasoned to perfection. I can’t wait to go back have a whole portion for myself! I ordered the pancakes, a generous stack of large, super- fluffy goodness. The only item that was a slight disappointment was my wife’s salmon cakes. While the flavor was good, we found them a little bit dry. For sides we sampled the home fries, eggs , toast , and bacon. All very good. The home fries were tender with a nice caramelization and seasoned nicely. The bacon was thick cut and good and crispy. The bread was whole wheat and a very good quality. All around it was a great meal and I am excited to have another brunch option in the neighborhood. Here is a rundown of the menu :

Blue Fish and Grits – $9
French Toast – $6
Pancakes – $5
Salmon Cakes – $6
Bacon – $4
Turkey Sausage – $4
Two Eggs – $3
Grits – $3

There are the usual brunch beverages like coffee, tea and orange juice, along with adult beverage like mimosas, bloody maries and bellinis, which range in price from $5 – $7. For thirsty folks, there is a bottomless mimosa for $15. Optimism is located at 3301 12th Street, NE at the intersection with Kearny. Sunday brunch is served from 11:00 a m – 3:00 pm.

5 thoughts on “Optimism Lounge On Brookland’s 12th Street Now Offers A Great New Sunday Brunch Option”

  1. Well, good to know. All I knew about Optimism was complaints about loud, drunk patrons at night, and I pitied the folks who lived nearby.

    1. Hi JD,
      Optimism is really a lounge that is open in the late afternoon – evening, and while they serve food (they have a great salad with tilapia), it is geared more for the adult crowd. I would be surprised if they had a high chair. But, the servers are very friendly, so it may not be a problem. Sorry – I’m not much help in the kids department.

  2. Glad to hear there is a good brunch place in the neighborhood. My family did a 50th birthday celebration for here in February (the first time we’d been to the place) and it was a great time. Amazing service and good fun. And EVERYONE about the party raved about the wings, so I am sure the brunch is great too! Thanks for sharing the review- my husband and I will certainly check it out in the next week or two!

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