Sometimes in life, it becomes imperative - due to an insane hangover or for whatever reason - that you need to consume vast quantities of breakfast-related foods, as soon as possible and preferably at an affordable price.
After hosting a summer barbecue at our place a few weeks ago, we found ourselves in that precise situation: hungover from the previous night's festivities, exhausted from the industrial-strength post-event clean up operation and in dire need of food and fast.
Cue a quick Uber ride and we found ourselves downtown at Alba Osteria, lured in by the prospect of breakfast cocktails and an endless train of brunch food (hopefully). I knew we were in for a (humongous) treat when the waiter interrupted our order to inform us that his policy for customers doing the bottomless option is to "keep bringing you guys food until you tell me to stop."
So without further a due, the pictures and some commentary:
So basically this was a very substantive and thorough way of finding out that my ideal brunch meal at Alba Osteria would be the pancakes, maybe the pasta with a side of fries. And like, five hair of the dog Bloody Marys, which incidentally are pretty tasty here.
I will also say that perhaps the experience was slightly marred by a very rambunctious group of about eight early 20-something types seated about 10 feet away from me, squealing and shouting with joy each time their mimosa glasses were refilled (which happened about eight gazillion times). This in a large airy room with lots of concrete surfaces + a hangover = death glares and wanting to die. /oldpersonrant
Food: 3.5/5. Uneven - figure out what you like and stick to those.
Drinks: 4/5. Strong cocktails which coincidentally taste better and better as the bottomless deal goes on.
Ambiance: Loud and very buzzy; very friendly service.
Jasmine says: Three and a half chomps. Solid selection if not a bit uneven. It's a good deal but better overall deals in a brunch-addicted city like DC.
Alba Osteria is located at:
425 I St, NW. Washington, DC 20001
Reservations available via OpenTable.
One woman's journey to eat all the food. Or at least, most of it.