Thursday, November 28, 2013

DC Spotlight: Lunch at Kafe Leopold (Black Friday Edition)

Last month I recommended Peacock Cafe as a great spot in Georgetown for brunch, lunch, or an afternoon snack.  In celebration of Black Friday and the thousands of people (including many vegetarians) who may be heading to Georgetown tomorrow to do some holiday shopping, today I recommend another, equally excellent option -- Kafe Leopold.

Kafe Leopold is located in Cady's Alley, the Georgetown design district tucked between M Street and the C&O Canal.  When you walk into this Austrian cafe, you may think you're in a cosmopolitan European city rather than the United States.  The restaurant has a very international clientele, and on any given day you may hear more than a dozen different languages spoken, particularly in the summertime when patrons tend to linger on the outdoor patio while sipping coffee and wine.

The sweet-and-savory menu, which has an exciting selection of salads, also has several other, clearly identified vegetarian items to choose from.  I tried the potato-artichoke soup, followed by the olive and sweet onion tart.  Both were delicious.

Tiroler Weinsuppe (puree of potato, artichoke and white wine with buttered croutons & pumpkin seed oil)
Olivenpissaladiere (olive and sweet onion tart with roasted tomato and manchego cheese)
Like Peacock Cafe, Kafe Leopold also is known for its brunch (especially its delicious European coffee), but its real claim to fame is its endless array of desserts, which your server will encourage you to select only after you have carefully examined everything in the cafe's display case (as you can see, chocolate lovers won't be disappointed).

Assorted pastries and desserts
After a full day of shopping, don't you deserve it?

Kafè Leopold on Urbanspoon