Cheesy risotto tater tots drizzled with lemon-thyme aioli. Buttermilk biscuit sliders stuffed with Italian sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheese. Doughnuts festooned with lemon sugar and mixed berry compote. These might not be the brunch snacks you’re used to, but they’re exactly the type of creative bites you’ll find on the brunch menu at Rustico Restaurant and Bar.
The risotto tots win rave reviews, as does the carrot hummus with spiced lamb ragu and grilled pita bread. After you nibble on a starter or two, move onto the main course. Rustico’s chef crafts creative and decadent brunch eats like the eggs Benedict topped with pulled pork and barbecue hollandaise, the challah French toasted loaded with Nutella and banana, and the fried chicken and pancakes with honey-infused sriracha. You can also try any of the artisan pizzas, from the simple white pie to the Tuscan chicken.
“Warm, vivacious and adamantly unpretentious, Rustico was designed with good times in mind.” That statement greets diners to the website of Rustico Restaurant and Bar, and regulars of this Arlington eatery say it’s right on the mark. In fact, Yelp reviewers regularly praise Rustico for its atmosphere, which is simultaneously sophisticated and relaxed.
The ambiance isn’t the only thing worth noting here, however. Rustico boasts a roster of more than 400 beers, as well as a menu of American fare favorites. Hearth-fired pizzas, hearty burgers, thick-cut pork chops, and quality steaks all receive high praise, along with the carrot hummus and risotto tots as starters.
Rustico regularly plays host to special events, including tap takeover nights from some of the nation’s best breweries, so be sure to check the online calendar for the current schedule before heading over from The Maxwell!
Rustico Restaurant & Bar
4075 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203