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Thursday, October 13, 2011


Plaudits: Washingtonian
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights

The Setup

Looking for brunch and cheap mimosas, Official Girlfriend of DCWD Texas and I headed over to RedRocks Pizzeria.

The Vibe

RedRocks sits in a modified townhouse, and retains much of that vibe. Inside is a mash of exposed brick and bright yellow paint and wood flooring. To the left as you walk in is a small bar. Seating seems to be mostly twos with a few fours and because of the size of the house, the actual number of seats is fairly limited. RedRocks does benefit from having a large patio out front, where we sat for this meal.

The Food

Not feeling super industrious, Texas ordered a simple breakfast (two fried eggs, potatoes, a hunk of sausage she gave to me), and I had the Sunrise Pizza (a fried egg, and potatoes). The breakfast was fine (in that it was something everyone could make decently), but the pizza was really the question here: not only is it obviously the lifeblood of the restaurant, but with so many people professing such strong opinions about the pizza here, I had to try it out.

Breakfast pizzas probably deserve their own category, based on the uniqueness of their toppings, but you can still take away a lot about a pizzeria's quality from them. The Sunrise had a lot going for it, namely the nice crisp on its crust (which came hand-in-hand with the blackened taste that's nice), and a decent flavor. Still, sitting there and eating through it, I couldn't help but wonder what the fuss was about. It wasn't any big flavor like Matchbox, it wasn't the richness of 2 Amy's, and it wasn't the total package that is Comet Ping Pong. In short, probably on the second tier with Pizzeria Paradiso and Pete's.

The Verdict

Good pizza, but just not in that coveted first tier in DC.

Food Rating: ** 1/2
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Bar Rating:
Hipster Hangout
(out of 5) (less than $25 for two)
: Head a block west to the Target complex, and fashion at date out of things you can buy for under $10 apiece.

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