OK, I'll admit I am starting out with a bias. I think the name is terrible. C'mon, Across the Street Cafe - couldn't they be a bit more creative.
If you don't know already, they are right across the street from the AFI at 8622 Colesville Rd.
But I didn't want the name to stop me from trying a new place in the hood. And unlike most other times when I've tried new places, I actually had several people joining me. I thought great, I'll be able to comment on several dishes.
But it was not meant to be. Although both the web site and the sign on the restaurant state an 11:00 AM opening for brunch on Saturday, the restaurant was locked tight. They did post a sign that said returning at 11:30, but we were all pretty dubious about that. The time was 11:25 and no lights were on in the restaurant and nothing looked like the place would be ready to roll in 5 minutes.
This was pretty disappointing. The brunch menu looks good and the prices are reasonable. They're serving a variety of egg dishes, a few different kinds of Benedict's, smoked salmon and bagel. All the stuff one might expect to find. But who knows what happened. Not sure if other folks have experienced this, but I am curious to hear. Also, if folks have tried it, let me know so maybe we can start a buzz and encourage them to open on time.
I will note that the new place next door - and no, it is not called that - Sabroso Grill was open and serving. We checked it out, but it is not a brunch place. They had lunch going though. A pretty meaty place. I will admit it did smell good. Might try them on another occasion.