Anyone who says seafood doesn't belong at brunch has probably never brunched at Mussel Bar and Grille in Arlington. Even during the morning hours, its menu offers a wide selection of gourmet mussels. Go with a classic preparation, like white wine with roasted garlic, parsley, lemon, and cream. Opt for a spicy version, like the Thai green curry with peanuts, cilantro, and basil. Try the Mediterranean mussels, swimming in tomato broth with Merguez sausage, goat cheese, harissa aioli, and cilantro.
If you're craving a more traditional breakfast, try the breakfast plate instead. It's loaded with crispy bacon, a potato cake, and fresh eggs prepared to your specifications. Dig into the eggs Benedict, a classic combination of poached eggs and Hollandaise perched atop an English muffin. Brick-oven pizzas, plant-based starters, and seafood-centric entrees round out the brunch menu.
Whether you're a seafood connoisseur or prefer to relax with a few slices of pizza, Mussel Bar and Grille probably has something that will hit the spot.
Located just moments from The Maxwell, this popular Arlington restaurant serves plenty of seafood, of course, with a particular focus on mussels. You can order yours steamed in a traditional white wine, lemon, and garlic broth, or you can go for something more unusual, like mussels in a spicy Thai green curry topped with peanuts and cilantro, or a broth featuring the earthy richness of wild mushrooms, truffle cream, and smoked bacon. Entrees like grilled brisket burger and smoked pork ribs appeal to the landlubbers
Don't forget that this place serves pizza! Pizzas here are fired in a custom brick oven and topped with gourmet ingredients. Go for a pizza heaped high with black grapes, rosemary, pancetta, and honey, or try a bit of duck confit with delicata squash, ricotta, and crispy sage.
Mussel Bar and Grille
800 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203