Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

I was having a rather lackluster weekend and wanted to get out of the house.  For some reason, I was craving a beer and a donut.  It was pretty outside and seemed like it would be a good day to hang out in a beer garden, but my favorite one was closed.  So I sent a text to a friend to see it he was in the mood for brunch.  I’ve walked by Songbyrd Music House and Record Café in Adam’s Morgan a few times, but never made it there to dine. It’s a pretty funky place.  Part record store, part coffee shop, part music venue, part café.  I noticed on Instagram that they were having a funk brunch from 11-3, so we went.

It was pretty cool.  One-half of the café is like a record store and café, but you walk into the next room and it’s clearly a restaurant with a dj booth towards the front.  The DJ was spinning old soul and r&b 45’s.  The music reminded me of growing up in my parents’ house.

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

We took a seat and stared at the menu.  Everything looked good, but I was drawn to the special which was lemon poppy seed pancakes made with semolina.  I was a little nervous that the lemon would be too strong and overpower the pancakes, but it didn’t.  They were very good.  Of course, I ordered bacon on the side.

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe

The bloody mary was my brunch beverage of choice and for six bucks, you won’t find a better one.  Actually, it was good in general.  Not too spicy, just the right amount of vodka, fresh and perfect.

I think we stayed, at least an hour longer after eating just to listen to the music.  I’ve noticed that they have dance music nights.  I can’t wait to try it one evening!

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