Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
When a new acquaintance raves to me about Kera Carpenter’s fantastic Petworth cafe Domku, I ask if he’s been to her other restaurant, Nurish Food + Drink. The answer is usually no, which is disappointing but not surprising. Nurish is located inside the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road SE, just a just short walk or bus ride from Barracks Row—one of the brunchiest streets in this brunch-loving town—but separated by a body of water that acts as a barrier for some. It’s a shame that instead of waiting an hour for a seat at Ted’s Bulletin, more people don’t make the trip to this cafe, which serves French-inspired dishes and fresh pastries. The brunch menu includes Nutella French toast, various tartines, and eggs cocotte. The sandwich menu has pre-dinner options like a croque monsieur and a breakfast frittata. On most trips, I order the eggs cocotte, a simple, creamy, baked dish that is immensely satisfying on a cold morning. The dish is served with slices of baguette for dipping in the runny yolk of eggs that are always perfectly cooked. Pair it with a cup of coffee, and you have a brunch that can rival anything offered across the river.