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Furins – Washington, DC

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Washington, DC
Location: 2805 M Street, NW
Washington DC
Phone: 202-965-1000
Meal: Breakfast / Weekday
Price: $15.50

Historic Georgetown is a “gem” among Washington DC neighborhoods. It has a cachet that is every bit as valid as say the Hamptons or Beverly Hills. The streets are tree lined with stately homes, and tidy row houses living side by side. Oh yes, the do pretty good in the education department…..Georgetown U….you may have heard of them. If you have an opportunity to walk M Street or Wisconsin Avenue you will not be disappointed in the array of antique stores, bistros, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and purses. Your reviewer has enjoyed a number of visits to Georgetown with a recent one just this past week.

Of course the only way to travel to DC is on Amtrak’s high speed Acela Express. It is well worth the price different to depart Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and arrive at DC’s historic Union Station in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Those 120 miles between the Delaware and Potomac are “soothed” by water level views of the Susquehanna and Chesapeake. Of particular note is the passage over the big railway bridge near Havre de Grace, Maryland.

A Georgetown breakfast favorite of your reviewer is Furin’s-right on M Street. It is a small window front place with a few indoor tables (outdoor in good weather) that the owners say might remind you of a European style café. True to a degree, it might also evoke similar places in Boston or San Francisco. In reality it is a mélange of bakery and café on a very human scale. You generally can seat yourself, as there is nothing terribly pretentious about Furin’s. Your reviewer’s breakfast was a ham and cheese omelet. This is served with a toast of your choice, but your reviewer included an a la carte side of breakfast potatoes as well. In short order the dish arrived, and the omelet was properly cooked with a sufficient sampling of ham and cheese and tasty. The potatoes were “red bliss” quarters with a bit of herbs. They were a tad dry, and would have benefited from having some olive oil “drizzled” on top. Coffee was good, and the toast was toasty. Service is friendly.

While you are waiting for your order you can pass the time by gazing at the home made cakes and cookies in the long display cases. This is not a place that “dieters” would feel comfortable in, unless they were buying for someone else. The breakfast menu also includes alternative egg dishes, French toast, pancakes and the like. About the only issue that your reviewer has is that the lower priced scrambled eggs come with the breakfast potatoes while the higher price omelet does not. The omelet was $8.99 and the potatoes added an additional $2.50 as did the coffee. To that you will of course have tax and tip. While not cheap, it’s a case of you get what you pay for. If you want a McBreakfast then you’ll have it elsewhere in a Styrofoam container and that’s the end of it.

Treat yourself to Furin’s when you are in the neighborhood. They also do lunch – which your reviewer will save for another visit.

Pop Pop’s Score: 3.0 Chews
Subjective rating: Decent.

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