Sharing meals with loved ones is as ancient a human practice as naming the stars or stalking trails of migrating taxis. Succumb to an instinctual urge with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American fare at Level One.
Voted Best Chef and Best Brunch by readers of Washington Blade in 2010 and 2011, Level One crafts a contemporary American menu of dishes forged from grass-fed beef and locally grown produce in a serene, candle-lit atmosphere.
Under the guidance of Chef Allan Javery, the kitchen unveils dining excursions with savory starters including house-made tater tots stuffed with tillamook cheddar and chorizo sausage ($9). The chili-rubbed, cowboy-cut rib eye mingles with blue-cheese-studded tomatoes ($27), and the jumbo lump crab-cake sandwich swims in a lemon-garlic remoulade ($15), lending guests a more difficult choice between land and sea than a merman’s marriage proposal.
On weekends, brunch offerings greet the sunrise with such dishes as the Bell Bottoms breakfast sandwich, whose English-muffin enclosures fuse a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham with eggs and cheese ($9), and the Banana-nana-fo-fana french toast doused in creamy bananas and orange-vanilla butter ($12). Early risers may also recover from late nights drawing commissioned portraits of fickle constellations by savoring bubbly mimosas and zesty bloody marys in the open-air dining area.