Art and Soul
Art and Soul

Art and Soul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artandsouldc.com/
  • Phone: 2023937777
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST
    Monday - Friday 6:30am - 10:30am



    Saturday & Sunday 7:30am - 10:30am



    LUNCH



    Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm



    HAPPY HOUR



    Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm



    DINNER



    Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:30pm



    Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm



    Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm



    BRUNCH
    Saturday and Sunday 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Wes Morton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For special event information, please email Shannon Collins, our Private Dining Manager at scollins@artandsouldc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D Street NW
  • Public Transit: 2 Blocks from Union Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available
A word from Art and Soul
Four years after Celebrity Chef Art Smith opened Art and Soul, the Capitol Hill restaurant underwent a refresh and re-opened in late February 2013. In addition to beautiful herringbone wood floors, textured walls, and unique artwork, you'll also enjoy an exciting new menu. Our approach is driven by our chefs’ Southern roots. We serve simple honest food and partner with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers to provide products that are sustainably and responsibly sourced, whenever possible.

With celebrated two-time James Beard award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner, this Capitol Hill restaurant has received national and local acclaim for its "Food for the Soul" - modern regional cuisine with southern accents.
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Art and Soul reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)great for outdoor dining (75)great for brunch (66)great for lunch (61)special occasion (60)good for groups (44)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (33)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (26)hot spot (25)late-night find (15)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Ronnie was amazing. He took amazing care of us and the food was outstanding! I recommend brunch on the bar to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, great food
    Dawn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food, service and wine recommendation lives up to the promises from the website and reputation. Small downside on ambiance as construction were going on outside, impairing overall atmosphere; and the table corner by the kitchen door was not exactly the most enjoyable place in the restaurant. Would still definitly recommend, just pay attention to booking request for seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I loved my meal and so did my husband but the menu was short of a scallop entree to my disappointment. I guess the menu changes from time to time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So So Southern!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Have been wanting to try Art and Soul and went there for lunch. It being a restaurant all about southern cuisine, I tried the shrimp and grits. It was good, but nothing special. Also didn't care for the very sleek, modern design of the restaurant--dark hard wood tables with no table cloths. It felt a bit cold. Finally service was pretty slow for a business lunch. After the waiter brought our drinks, it took another 10 minutes before he took our order. Not sure I'm interested in coming back here.
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  • Drilling concrete throughout lunch
    AlisonVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant should have been closed. Throughout our meal, construction workers were drilling concrete at the restaurant entrance. The table was vibrating and we could not hear each other. It was as if the drilling was at our table. We would not have chosen this place had we known; the workers were on break when we arrived. We ordered our lunch in a normal, quiet period, and we were not told about the construction until after we ordered. They resumed drilling about 5 minutes later. The management should have closed the restaurant or compensated us. We were offered a free coffee drink, but only after we complained. Too bad, it's typically a good place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kind Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was good, but not extra-ordinary. The menu has limited options, but they portions are plentiful and health conscious. The most impressive part of the visit was a waiter that patiently read and explained each menu item to a patron that is visually impaired. He was so kind! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extremely disappointing
    willgoanywhereforfood
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was one of the worst meals I have had in a very long time. The eggplant soup was absolutely tasteless. The fried chicken, for which Art is famous, tasted as if it had been made the night before and was reheated in the microwave. This is actually the best description of most of what we ate. I kept thinking we would see clouds as we looked out the window because the last time we ate food so microwaved was on a flight... We didn't even eat more than a couple of fries that were tepid and soggy and the mashed potatoes which were so heavy and bland. Even the cookie was not fresh. How hard is it to take ready made dough from the refrigerator and bake it in the oven? Our server was very nice and the 12 hour pork was fine.
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  • Good Brunch, try another restaurant
    Kenu
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Decided to try Art and Soul for our Anniversary based upon reviews and the items listed on the menu. The ambiance is nice however the meal and customer service left a lot to be desired. My husband wanted chicken and waffles, however he was told they did not have any waffles but could serve him chicken and pancakes???? Not sure how you can make pancakes and not waffles (we assumed maybe the waffle maker was broken). So he went with the farmhouse breakfast. He stated he could have made the items at home and they would have tasted better. I ordered the shrimp and grits (not the best I have ever had) and was underwhelmed. Short story, for great food, go else where.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • ZoeBVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had the pulled pork sandwich with a salad side, which I enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    What a pleasure! The staff was warm, the space was beautiful, and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful brunch
    202foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Incredible views, incredible meals- the chef is BEYOND!!!! The only thing is i was expecting music... But nothing! I could barely gossip with my gfs because i was interrupted by talk from 3 tables over! Nonetheless i'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhlegonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Art and Soul specializes in gourmet treatments of traditional Southern dishes. I had short ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, and potato salad, and thought they were very fine. The portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FRIED CHICKEN
    kingbVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We go the Art & Soul for delicious, crispy fried chicken. The restaurant can be noisy when it's full, as it often is.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was a great experience! The hostess was polite and friendly, our waiter was "Awesome" & the food was delicious. My 2 fixes would be level of privacy. We didn't mind the open view outside but there was one waiter that repeatedly entered through the outer door of our dining room with out announcing himself or knocking or anything. Clearly he could have used the main entrance like the other waiters, but he wanted to take a shortcut. Also a gentleman, he appeared to be a manager, came through the same door a couple times with the same disregard for the party having dinner there. He helped serve us a couple times but seemed very distant and "uppity". Not the kind of personality you would want serving you food. Overall, great evening!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were especially pleased with the service our waiter afforded us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    susie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'd heard about this place for years and was anxious to try it during restaurant week. My appetizer was ordinary. My catfish was bland and raw in the middle. Even the dessert was unremarkable. More troubling was the waitress, who basically ignored us. Those who filled our water were attentive, but she was nowhere to be seen during the whole meal. They did comp the catfish, but not the rest of my meal. The cornbread was fabulous! There were four of us and the other three said their meals were ok, but they didn't need to return.
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  • Wonderful first experience
    Roxanne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went to this restaurant on Saturday. Great parking to start off right in front of the restaurant but inside it was beautiful. I love little vintage stuff here and there so I could appreciate this place but the pictures you see online from the inside. t looks even better in person. The food was great even though the portions I assumed I would still be hungry. I couldnt finish my bread pudding I was too full. I also got a regular mojito which I asked for it to be a little sweet and it was perfect. There is nothing I could complain about because our waiter was excellent as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Amazing !!!! Can't wait to go again
    BrownFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was my second time going and the staff was amazing ! My husband and I had such a great time for restaurant week and would definitely come back again. The food was divine and the atmosphere was truly romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Chicken, enough said.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I came, I ordered and I conquered. I was our first time at Art & Soul. We came for Restaurant Week and the food was pretty good. I wouldn't say that I would run back to this place for dinner, but if I am in the mood for good mashed potatoes, collard greens and fried chicken, even though it is dark meat, I will be back here. Also, the blueberry bread pudding is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way overpriced
    Luv2dinefor2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place looks fabulous, great outdoor patio but that's where it ends. The food is just 'meh'. Ridiculously overpriced. I ordered the fried Chicken (because that's what they are famous for apparently). I've had better at KFC....My husband had the catfish which tasted very bland. We try different restaurants all the time and this was one of them. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visit - Aug 15, 2014
    GoTotheArtandSoul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a great place to eat!!! The food was very good, but the SERVICE was GREAT! MY server, Kenya was on her game. Where was a family from NC, visiting DC sitting next to me and Kenya was their server too. She not only told them about the food in Art and Soul, but other places to visit. They let with a full stomach and exicitment to visit DC. Now that's great service. I will be back. Thanks,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Welcome, Consistent Addition
    BertVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Capitol Hill on the Senate side benefits by the vibrancy and culinary delights of Art and Soul. It's consistently exceptionally good in the array of offerings and their quality. Keep up your fine offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were more than 30 min. late, but they held our reservation for lunch. We had a nice view of the outside terrace. It was restaurant week so we had great food for a great price! Our waiter was gracious, very attentive. They promptly removed the empty dishes. I had the comfort food: fried chicken, greens, and mashed potatoes with gravy. Delicious! As was the soup. The desert combined a lemon-ginger shortcake with fresh blueberries, vanilla ice cream and lemon curd. The cake served warm, smelled and tasted wonderful. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Thoughtful restaurant week menu
    knicky
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Many chefs and restaurants see restaurant week as a pain, but I was pleased to see art and soul put together a very well crafted prix fixe menuthat highlighted the flavors of summer. The pork terrine was excellent and the pickled peppers and vegetables were the perfect counterpoint to its richness. The soup was bright and light. The flavors of the vegetables were clear and just accented by the cream. The farro risotto was a beautiful dish. Lots of summer veggies in a perfectly cooked risotto which was accented but not dominated by the cheese. The service was inattentive, but acceptable. However the waiter's asking if I needed change was not something I would have expected from this caliber of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelming
    tinselblue
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    the broccoli soup was the most flavorful of the three dishes, but was served at room temperature. I had the flank steak that lacked salt and was tough to cut and chew. the fried potato sticks were an odd pairing to put on a fork with a bite of meat. My husband had the fried chicken that came out oiley and lacking seasoning. He loved the gravy and mashed potatoes. For dessert I had the berry bread pudding that was good, but again nothing extra ordinary. The butterscotch pannacotta was more of a pudding than jiggly custard and the flavors of the caramel corn made it seem like an odd menu item for a summer menu. we were really disappointed and won't be coming back. The highlight of the evening was the exceptional service.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • gastronomique
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    we waited for first course of soup for over 30 mins// they brought out entree before we had finished the soup // a drink was nearly forgotten // no one around to pay the check with // ayayay
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  • On the fence...
    EOCBrown
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have been so excited to try Art and Soul after watching Art on Top Chef Masters! It seemed like a piece of southern charm and fun all rolled in to one! However and perhaps, lunchtime was not the time to try this adventure. between the construction outside, the bustling atmosphere inside, my distracted waitperson (she really was not paying attention), and the so-so food I was not really impressed. It was not the experience I expected to have and my dining partner wasn't really feeling it either. to be fair, I'll have to go back and try again. Just NOT at lunchtime, not during restaurant week, and maybe right after work. So for me? Meh....
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  • A variety of food
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The menu offered many choices and that was good - both comfort food and more unique presentations. We were pleased but it was crowded and loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    sap215
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we had a great time at art and soul when we went for restaurant week! the soup of the day was a carrot and ginger soup...which was hands down amazing!! it was my favorite dish of the night. each dish we ordered had a great taste (albacore tuna and fried chicken were also pretty great, finished with the blueberry bread pudding!). I would recommend this place for a date night or to celebrate. we also had a drink at the bar...the bartender was fun and explained one of the cocktails we ordered (it was the cucumber and fennel drink) since it was an unusual combination of ingredients. overall, food was unique and tasty topped with friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good food and ambience
    Kappa1992
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good food and I loved the decor. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    AJFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Perhaps it was just because it was restaurant week, but nothing I ate was particularly special. Everyone at my table felt the same. The mashed potatoes tasted like instant. Highlights were the cornbread appetizer and the wine.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not pleasant
    divacmt
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've dined here in 2011 and it was enjoyable. However dining there on 08/13/14 wasn't a pelasure. The waiter seemed aloof, was unattentive and never checked in periodically to inquire about our needs. There was construction going on at the adjoining hotel, had I known that I would have opted for a different restaurant. WE dined outside, the maite-D allowed a homeless person to distract another patron. She made no attempt to ask him to leave. There were bugs (bees and flies) flying around, perhaps there is a need for outdoor pesticide control. The flank steak was tough the chicken was good. I won't be back.
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  • In Decline
    BeltwayInsider
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've had several good meals here over the years, but the past two have been disappointing - more standard, bland hotel food than fine dining. I'm unlikely to return.
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  • Construction Next Door
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The hotel next door was under construction and therefore the patrons for the hotel where coming through the restaurant with their luggage to enter and exit out of the restaurant which caused distraction and noise because of the foot traffic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the chicken...
    Torrance1028
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great service, tasty food, great wine...love the ambience! Partner and I enjoyed ourselves. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An ok place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was ok......service was sporadic. I was disappointed due to all of the hype I've heard about this restaurant.
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  • Host Staff Issues!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was on time for my reservation and was seated, but my guest was late. I indicated to the host staff that my guest was running late. When my guest arrived, the replacement host staff indicated that I had no reservation. I just happened to look up and notice my guest wandering aimlessly because I texted that I was seated in the restaurant. When I shared this situation with the host staff, she insinuated that it was my fault for being seated without my guest, which I found appalling. If the restaurant has a policy of seating all diners for prescribed reservation, then it should be clearly stated to guest (via online and in person). Despite this situation, the food, beverages and wait staff were great.
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  • Art and Soul Lunch
    Afan
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had the Catfish. It was perfect. Loved it. The staff moved the lunch crowd through and out without anyone feeling rushed. It was an enjoyable experience. The desert was tremendous.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art and soul in a nut shell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very nice vibe and atmosphere. Great lighting. Drink prices were a bit high. 16 dollars for a shot of jw black or 13 for a shot of jack for example. Liked the cheese and meat board but wish there were more options on the menu entree wise. Dessert was great by the way.
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    romantic
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  • Very Good Brunch
    WinenDine11VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great place to eat brunch. The food was very good. They are remodeling the outside dining area and have no table umbrellas. The sun was beaming and we had to move several times to get out of the sun.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.