Marvin

Rating: ★★★★☆

(null) (1)Marvin is a Soul Food-Belgian fusion restaurant and bar and an homage to DC icon Marvin Gaye located at 2007 14th St. NWMarvin Gaye grew up in DC and went to Cardozo High School, located just a few blocks away from Marvin. What is less known is that Marvin Gaye moved to Belgium in 1981 for self-reflection and recovery from heavy drug use. While in Belgium, he wrote his hit “Sexual Healing,” which has recently been made into an addictive remix. As such, Marvin, with its Belgian bistro feel combined with all sorts of Marvin Gaye memorabilia on the walls, is an interesting but comforting combination. I went with my parents and grandma for brunch and started with a Pimm’s Cup, my favorite summer brunch cocktail. I ordered what is probably their signature brunch dish, which was an excellent (null)rendition of chicken and waffles with a side of collard greens. The greens were a bit too leafy for my taste since I prefer them stewed down more, but the chicken and the waffle were both excellent, served with syrup and gravy. My grandma had chicken and waffles for the first time at 91 years old and really enjoyed it. This is a solid place to bring a visitor to DC for brunch to experience two of DC’s greatest assets, soul food and Marvin Gaye (though they weren’t playing as much Marvin Gaye as I had expected, the music was nonetheless good). One of the few drawbacks was that we were there on a beautiful day but they don’t have brunch seating on their rooftop bar. In the future, I plan to go back for dinner and try their moules frites.

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