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.
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.
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!