It’s a beautiful Friday morning out there. Enjoy it.
I’ve been getting some requests for a more detailed post on the food I ate / the bars and restaurants I went to while in DC last weekend.
You asked, so here you go!
First, a big thank you to Meghan for providing such a delicious breakfast spread for Friday and Saturday brunch!
Aren’t her placemats and flowers pretty? Now onto the restaurants.
DC Chophouse & Brewery (Friday Lunch)
I ordered my first fall beer of the season (the seasonal brew was Oktoberfest), had some amazing cornbread, and enjoyed a Chophouse Chicken Salad. Grilled chicken, avocado, bleu cheese, fire roasted corn and tomatoes tossed with mixed greens and citrus vinaigrette. I left off the bacon.
Martin’s Tavern (Friday Dinner)
This is a great place to grab food in Georgetown. Martin’s Tavern boasts:
“In this unique atmosphere, patrons naturally engage with each other in the spirit of the city; familiar neighborhood faces mix with the most powerful names in Washington and popular culture ensuring a genuine dialogue and friendship amongst all. It is this classic characteristic of Martin’s Tavern’s staff and patrons that brought monumental figures such as Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and even Richard Nixon to hold court in Martin’s booths. Our tradition of hospitality to has brought every sitting president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush to the tables of our tavern.”
Another fun fact: JFK proposed to Jackie here! In booth #3, dubbed “The Proposal Booth.” Unfortunately we didn’t get to sit there, but we saw it. I refrained from taking a picture of the random strangers that were lucky enough to get that table. That probably would have been weird.
I went with filet kabobs for dinner – skewered teriyaki-marinated tenderloin tips, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, peppers, mushrooms & tomatoes served over rice. It was a HUGE portion!
Old Glory BBQ (Saturday Lunch)
This place was really cool! Definitely a fun venue for grabbing drinks and just hanging out. We got to sit on their outdoor patio, which was nice since the weather was warm. I ordered my second Oktoberfest of the weekend and then turned my usual salad ordering into a BBQ feast. Check out this “Smokeshack Salad” – smoked pork, chicken & brisket, mixed greens, cucumbers, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, corn chow chow & BBQ vinaigrette. How fantastic does this look?
Cheryl’s Cookies (Weekend Treat)
Meg’s mom sent her an assortment of Cheryl’s cookies recently, and well, Erin and I just happened to be there to reap the benefits. I’m telling you, these may look pretty ordinary but this Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookie was to die for. I had one on Thursday night when we got there, and another one on Friday. So good.
PS7’s (Saturday Night Drinks)
Very cool lounge for cocktails! Meg, Erin, and I sat on these little couch like seats and enjoyed some very different drinks. Their lounge menu was so cool – everything at first looked so weird, almost like the ingredients in each beverage didn’t go together – but the drinks were good! I got two Gnome’s Waters: Hendrick‟s Gin + cucumber water + lemon lavender syrup = surprisingly cool and refreshing.
Ming’s Restaurant (Saturday Night Drinks / Late Dinner)
I can’t find a website for this place! Sorry, no hyperlink. After PS7’s, we wandered over to Chinatown for late night Chinese. I can’t even remember the last time I ordered Chinese food! We got teriyaki chicken sticks, chicken lo mein, and sesame beef to share. And fortune cookies. Also, a flaming volcano! You can’t even see the fire in this picture:
Busboys & Poets (Sunday Brunch)
Hence this post title, Sunday’s brunch was filled with:
And yummy food, of course!
I got the egg wrap, which included tortilla wrapped scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cheese with home fries or grits. Instead of the home fries or grits, I substituted a side fruit salad.
The overall vibe of this place was neat, kind of earthy crunchy. It had a cute little gift shop attached, prides itself on its natural options (think buckwheat pancakes instead of your typical buttermilk), and hosts several events every week that are free to the public – book signings, open mic nights, and more. Busboys & Poets’ mission statement: “Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide…we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.” Pretty neat if you ask me.
And of course:
But you guys already read all about those.
I added all these to my Bars & Restaurants page, which you all should check out if you haven’t already!
Question(s) of the Day: Have any of you also been to any of these places? If not, if you could try just one (cupcakes aside), which would it be?!