Colonel Brooks’ Tavern (Brookland)

Colonel Brooks’ Tavern (901 Monroe, at Brookland/Catholic metro stop) is a solid neighborhood restaurant in a slowly gentrifying (?) neighborhood near Catholic University.  Like many people I know, I think it’s a good spot to stop on one’s way to (or from) an evening event at CUA.  This was my first visit, and I would go back, though as a Wheatonian I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to go to CBT.  Good fries, solid cheeseburger, quesadilla that looked great but was deemed only okay by dining companion, solid salads…seems like one of those unspectacular places that every neighborhood should have, where many diverse menu items are all perfectly respectable. Service was friendly but very slow, I think that’s just the Col. Brooks way, from servers to kitchen and back again. Margarita looked all sweet-sour-mixy but was reportedly decent, I wonder if it came from next-door Island Jim’s Crab Shack and Tiki Bar (a wonderfully-named, poorly-rated college hangout that I, in my increasing ancience, expect never to visit)?


One response to “Colonel Brooks’ Tavern (Brookland)

  1. Brookland is one of those DC neighborhoods that the Washingtonian and others has been saying will be the next hot part of town for quite a while now. While I certainly see the potential (some nice historic houses, a classic main street, and the close-by academic and religious institutions) the reality is that not much has changed there over the past 9-10 years.
    However, there are some stirrings of new development that might bring in some much needed retail offerings and spark a renewed interest in the area. It will be interesting to see whether Brookland finally realizes its potential sometime in the next 5-10 years.

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