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‘Chopped’ Winner Flips Short-Lived Seafood Spot Into Popular Soul Food Cafe

Eater logo Eater 7/16/2019 Tierney Plumb
a plate of food: Jerk lamb lollipops stayed on the menu during the transition from Catch 22 to The Bar & Milk & Honey © Catch 22/Official Jerk lamb lollipops stayed on the menu during the transition from Catch 22 to The Bar & Milk & Honey

Catch 22 in Brightwood has become The Bar @ Milk & Honey

It turns out Brightwood diners favor all-day brunch, coffee, and cakes over whole grilled tilapia and fried crab legs.

Just nine months after chef Sammy Davis debuted his seafood-centric Catch 22 (5832 Georgia Avenue NW), he’s opted to swap out the eatery out for a first D.C. outpost of his popular Maryland breakfast chain, Milk & Honey Cafe, which has locations in Bowie and College Park. The brand expanded outside of the D.C. market this month with a new restaurant in Atlanta.

The Motown music-playing venture is called “The Bar @ Milk & Honey” and now has a full bar inside that makes a whopping 26 cocktails (think a Flamin’ Hot Bloody Mary inspired by the cult Cheetos snack, brunch punch, various fruity mimosas, and a super potent “Shark Bite”). Over the weekend, Eater spotted newly branded signage outside.

“The rebranding to our founding company (Milk & Honey Cafe) will prove to be even more satisfying for your taste buds,” reads a statement on Catch 22’s now-defunct web page. “We have had many loyal customers ask for another location in the DMV for them to choose from,” notes the redirected site.

Davis, who won on Food Network’s Chopped, still accommodates seafood fans with the rebooted menu. There’s shrimp and grits, deep fried salmon hash, and a seafood burger croissant served all day alongside deep fried biscuits and wings, various breakfast sandwiches, and Belgian waffles. Davis worked with plenty of fish during his time at Nobu New York.

Unlike its Maryland locations, the new D.C. site takes reservations.

The menu also comes with a diet-busting disclaimer: “We admit it, we are not for those that are vegetarians or those overly concerned about carbs and fats. We use real butter, eggs, cheese and fried foods and make no apologies for it.”

The erratic space was formerly home to short-lived Imm Thai.

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