Maple & Pine at The Quirk Hotel

One of my favorite things about living in the nation's capital is that there are so many places to visit within a half-day drive or less. Cities like Richmond, where I recently traveled for a girls getaway with my friends Jenn and Laura. I had yet to visit Virginia's capital in the 5+ years I've lived in DC, so when we got an invitation to come down and explore the city, we happily accepted.

Nearly everyone we asked recommended that we stop in The Quirk Hotel while in town. Not only to see its charming decor and have a drink at the Q Rooftop Bar, but for the restaurant it welcomes you with in the main lobby, Maple & Pine.

Maple & Pine boasts a bright and airy atmosphere, with an almost Mad Men era decor that Elle Woods would appreciate.

The designer of the space found a way to make even the pops of pink gender neutral; rich wood floors, black wrought iron finishes, and white marble tables with accented furniture fill the room.

Equally as impressive, the food does a good job of complimenting the atmosphere. A menu comprised of vibrant and colorful dishes that are both visually appealing and fulfilling.

We started our Saturday morning brunch with a round of mimosas and an off the menu dish, Cheddar Cheese Grits with a Poached Egg and Pork Belly. Surprisingly enough, this was my first time trying a poached egg. Not sure why it took me so long to try one, but I'm hooked. I can't stop eating Eggs Benedict ever since (but that's for another post, ha!).

For our entrees, Jenn and I couldn't make up our minds between the French Toast or the Virginia Ham and Gruyere Cheese Sandwich. So, we opted for both and to share. Both dishes were delicious, but the Gruyere sandwich was arguably my favorite of the two.

To round out our meal we were greeted with a trifecta of desserts: Vanilla Almond Cake with Macerated Blueberries and Lavender Ice Cream, Local Peaches Marinated in Grand Marnier with Peach Sorbet, and Chocolate Ganache with an Amaretto Cookie and Coffee Ice Cream. Bet you can't guess which one was my favorite, ha!

From the atmosphere to the decor, to the presentation and the taste, Maple & Pine fulfilled all of my expectations. I happily recommend a visit next time you're in town. And if a full meal doesn't quite fit into the schedule, The Quirk Hotel offers a fast service coffee and pastry stand near the entrance. The chocolate croissants looked heavenly, and I can definitely say the Chai Tea Latte was one of the best I've ever had.

If you're in town only for a night, grab a spot at the bar for pre-dinner cocktails or head up to the roof for after dinner fun. No matter what you're looking for, The Quirk Hotel offers many opportunities to fill your time during your visit to Richmond, Virginia! Enjoy, y'all!

Thank you to The Quirk Hotel and Maple & Pine for having us. A portion of our meal was comped. 
All photos and opinions are my own.