Washington DC: Slipstream

Restaurant genius and success lie in doing the basics, AND doing them better than and different from everyone else. Slipstream has carved out a space in the ever-changing DC restaurant scene; it’s somewhere to go and be comfortable mingling with friends, grabbing a cup of coffee to go or noshing on their delicious food and drink. Open daily at 7am — earlier than most joints on the 14th Street corridor — my family, friends and I frequent the large, family-style table in the back of the restaurant during those early morning hours.

Slipstream keeps it simple. And honestly, I think I could make much of the menu in my own home.
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Items include house-made pastries, (huge!) toasts, poached eggs, yogurt/breakfast bowls, sandwiches, and caffeinated beverages and cocktails.
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However, the Slipstream difference is the attention to detail. From ingredient selections and sourcing to dish pairings and employee suggestions, Slipstream and its staff have it down to a science. The seasoning here is unreal and unlike any I’ve tasted before; I had no idea sea salt and pepper could do SO much to food if applied correctly.

We tend to order a few plates and share them around the table to snack on with our morning coffee. Today, I chose to top my toast with avocado and goat cheese mousse; it’s light and whipped tasting – not heavy at all. My husband ordered the house-made strawberry jam and butter toast, along with their very popular breakfast bowl.

I have a friend who was addicted to this concoction of short grain white rice, market greens and one poached egg.
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A few per week for weeks on end. To take our bowl to the next level, we ordered up a side of braised short ribs. A must try on this menu!

LOCAL TIP: If you’re looking for scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and soggy hash browns, head somewhere else!

Slipstream (1333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC //202.450.2216)

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