[DC] Duke's Counter - Cozy brunch spot right by the zoo!


We stopped off at Duke's Counter for brunch after a morning at the National Zoo. It's an offshoot to the ultra-famous Duke's Grocery.

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It's located right across the street from the zoo. It's perfect for a pre or post-zoo fuel-up. Or, it may even be good for a nice break in the middle of the day since the zoo is free to enter.

The food options inside the zoo aren't that bad, but they're really just typical zoo food...like hamburgers, chicken fingers, etc.

It's kind of roughly British pub themed, I think.

This is the Brunchie Burger - it is an Angus beef burger topped with sliced gouda, pickled onions, pickles, arugula, a sweet sauce all served on a brioche bun. This was a great burger! All the flavors fit so well together and the burger was so juicy.

This is the Earth to Sea Tartine. I was/am obsessed with beets and I never use them at home because I'm worried about my kitchen looking like a murder scene. So, when I saw this on the menu I knew I had to have it. It is topped with beets. Under the beets are some slices of smoked salmon and then some goat cheese spread. It had a very earthy flavor, but also had a smoky salty flavor thanks to the smoked salmon and the herbed salt sprinkled on top.


This is the "Posh BLTA". It is applewood smoked bacon, rocket/arugula, tomatoes, smashed avocado, garlic aioli, and cucumbers served all on a ciabatta bun. This is a super hefty sandwich. Sometimes when you get BLTs at restaurants, they're kind of underwhelming, but the portions are quite generous here.
Here's the brunch menu! (Click to enlarge)




I definitely recommend checking out Duke's Counter, especially if you want to go to Duke's Grocery but aren't able to get a table.

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