Brunch has somehow morphed into a meal that encompasses everything up until dinner on weekends. At Tupelo Honey Cafe, which opened in Courthouse yesterday, it's expanded into late night thing, too.
The Southern-themed restaurant, a transplant from Asheville, N.C., offers a "moonrise" brunch from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (in addition to a regular brunch). Late-night eats include bacon biscuit slider with orange jalapeño marmalade and cream cheese, sweet potato pancakes, and chorizo, egg, and pimento cheese tacos. A $15 roasted yellow tomato bloody mary called the Queen Mary is garnished with pimento cheese-stuffed olives, pickled okra, lemon and lime wedges, celery, asparagus, pickled jalapeño, cherry tomato, and lime salt rim. Somehow there's room for vodka or white whiskey in there.
Tupelo's dinner menu shares many of the same staples as its nine other locations throughout the Carolinas and Tennessee. Small plates include fried green tomatoes with goat cheese grits, fried okra with Carolina white sauce, and "Appalachian" egg rolls with pulled pork and and braised greens. The restaurant also serves sandwiches and "supper plates," which include fried chicken and a beef and bacon meatloaf. Entrees range from $16 to $30.
The restaurant makes its own sodas in flavors like elderberry hibiscus and lemon cherry echinacea. Cocktails include a white sparkling sangria, a "Carolina peach" mai tai, and seasonal drinks like a honeysuckle and lavendar flip. Beers nod somewhat local with drafts from DC Brau, Devil's Backbone Brewery, and Mad Fox Brewing Company.
Happy hour, Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar and on the patio, includes half-off bottles of wine, $3 draft pints, and $6 for select small plates.
Tupelo Honey Cafe, 1616 N. Troy Street, Arlington, Va.; (703) 253-8140; tupelohoneycafe.com
Photo courtesy Tupelo Honey Cafe