First, a little side note: Yes, yes, we realize this is like the umpteenth time in a row we’ve posted about a place in Arlington/Clarendon. Sorryyyyyyy. Variety is on our radar.
Now back to the regularly scheduled programming (i.e. a Clarendon post). 😉
Lyon Hall is a “bustling brasserie” located in the Clarendon area of Arlington. We’d been once before for a friend’s birthday dinner and thought the food was tasty, albeit a wee bit pricey. It’s a place that would be fun with friends for burgers, brats, and beer. We didn’t realize that Lyon Hall also serves brunch until we drove by a few weeks ago while running errands on a Sunday morning (looking for Ben Affleck filming “Argo” is totally considered running errands).
We walked in on Sunday around 11:30am and there were a bunch of open tables. Seems like 11 or 1130am is a great time to walk in for brunch. By the time we left at 12:15ish, the place was packed.
We weren’t sure what to order so we looked around to see what others were chowing on. Many people had some form of a hash with poached eggs. And a ton of people ordered the donuts.
Two people + four varieties of donuts (pumpkin, chocolate, vanilla, and pear) = a very favorable Chow to donut ratio! The donuts were warm, fresh, and really delicious. My favorite was the vanilla; Mr. Chow’s favorite was the pumpkin. We’d totally go back for these.
Mr. Chow opted for the Hash and Eggs, made with beef short ribs, potato, and aioli. The best part was the runny egg yolk mixed with meat juices and potato. This dish made Mr. Chow’s midwestern heart melt. Sorry, we didn’t get a picture. Mr. Chow is A super fast hash eating ninja!
I ordered the Squash Poached Eggs, made with fall squash, mushrooms, and sage hollandaise (on the side). The eggs were perfectly poached and the squash was soft but not mushy. Throw on some hollandaise and this dish is fantastic. Or leave off the hollandaise if you want to save calories. In which case, maybe it’d be best to order something else because the hollandaise is really good and who are we kidding? The hash is there so people have something to put the hollandaise on.
We are not huge brunch people. Mainly because on weekends Mr. Chow likes to hit the links and I like going to the gym or playing soccer to break up my usual Thigh Master/Gazelle routine. But after tasting the donuts and other delicious food at Lyon Hall, we might just be brunch converts.
3100 N. Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201