Brookland’s Finest rolls out fall menu

New, returning items draw heavily on comfort foods

Brookland’s Finest combined old favorites with new, exciting dishes to create an appealing fall menu. This Washington, DC Northeast restaurant added vegetarian small plates, shareable plates and seasonal entrees. New cocktails have also been added to the menu.

For starters, owner Shannan Troncoso, who is also a respected chef, added

  • Sweet Potato Agnolotti made with a house made pasta with sweet potato & mascarpone filling, garlic spinach, melted taleggio, candied pecans, and white wine butter sauce, for $18
  • Mussels & Chorizo made with spicy chorizo and shaved fennel served in a tomato broth with grilled garlic toast, priced at $15
  • a Baltimore Style Pit Beef Sandwich: Angus beef, tiger sauce, pickled onions, and mozzarella on a brioche bun, for $17
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Shareable snacks include guest favorites:

  • Pretzel Bites spiked with white truffle oil and served with whole grain mustard, for $7
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chips served with a dill cream sauce, priced at $6
  • Deviled Eggs topped with a sweet pepper relish, for $6.50

Entrée offerings feature a selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian options:

  • Seared Salmon & Gritswith sauteed spinach, creamy Tillamook cheddar grits and Tabasco beurre blanc, for $24
  • Vegan Curry, featuring roasted seasonal squash, Thai red curry and coconut milk, served with Jasmine rice, for $20

Troncoso’s full menu can be found here.

The bar team at Brookland’s Finest prepared a new drink list, too, which will comprise classic cocktails priced at $10, as well as house features, at $13. The team renamed certain classic and Washington cocktails in their own spin:

  • Brookland Manhattan, as in a traditional Manhattan
  • DC Sidecar, as a play on the DC Streetcar
  • Reclaiming My Time, a classic Last Word honoring Congresswoman Maxine Waters getting the last word by reclaiming her time
  • Solly’s Famous Margarita is a nod to co-owner John Solomon’s (aka Solly) love of margaritas but lack of them at his popular bar, Solly’s
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The full drink menu and the inspiration behind the new names, can be found below, as the restaurant described them:

  • Brookland Manhattan: sounds like Brooklyn-Manhattan
  • DC Sidecar: like the infamous DC Streetcar
  • Old Fashioned, New Normal: a joke about the number of times we’ve heard “new normal” since the beginning of the pandemic
  • Solly’s Famous Margarita: poking fun at co-owner “Solly” John Solomon for his love of margaritas but lack of them at his bar, Solly’s
  • NE Vieux Carre: “Vieux Carre” means “old square” but is used to refer to the French Quarter, so we’ve added our quadrant
  • Reclaiming My Time: a classic Last Word, but we’re honoring Maxine Waters getting the last word by reclaiming her time
  • 83 Moons: this cocktail is traditionally called a Saturn, which has 83 moons and moonlets
  • Nueva York Sour: a NY Sour but made with mezcal
  • Eva Cassidy: a local singer known for her interpretations of jazz and blues who also worked with Chuck Brown. When she died, Chuck Brown was so devastated, he didn’t get another vocalist
  • Still Wray: a play on a classic Go-go song, “Still Ray,” made with Wray & Nephew rum
  • Hero of the Two Worlds: this cocktail is sometimes called a Garibaldi after Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as the “Hero of the Two Worlds” for uniting Italy and advancing progressive political principles post-monarchy. He was also considered one of the few historical figures who isn’t hugely problematic.
  • Wassail – a traditional name for mulled cider/wine/brandy

Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th Street Northeast, Washington, DC

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