DMV Restaurant Week 8/12-8/19
Eating and saving money are easily in the top 10 verbs ever, and Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week has come back around to help District-area dwellers do both.
More than 100 spots are offering pre-selected nibbles at $22 for brunch and lunch and $35 for dinner. This is a great time to try a new place or snag deals at your favorite restos. “Hungry breath” should be the least of your problems this week.
If you’re chronically indecisive about where to eat (same), here are a few spots that I’ve been to - some good, some aight.
Alero - U Street
Major U Street staple - I went into detail in a previous blog post, but I highly recommend their brunch. The food is really tasty and they had some of everything, including a cereal bar.
This place is a pizzeria, but they had the best non-buffalo wings that I’ve ever had in my life. They’re their Sicilian wings, I didn’t see them on their website but if they have them GET THEM.
The rooftop is small, but super cute with a great view. Everything they have is tasty, down to the salads.
The food here is banging - to date I’ve only been for brunch, but I will for sure come back to bussdown on their dinner menu.
This is also a fun place to party, for future reference.
Ben’s Next Door
The fine homeboy of the landmark DC half-smoke spot Ben’s Chili Bowl, the food and vibe here is solid. It’s worth mentioning that they have a henny sangria.
Cafe Deluxe (West End)
I genuinely like this spot - even though we’ve gotten some shaky service here before, the food and drinks have yet to disappoint. If you don’t make it for restaurant week, they do $8 burgers on Wednesdays (fries included).
I’ve only been for drinks, but I hear great things about their menu.
When I went they had a live drummer accompanying a DJ, so its definitely a fun spot. Also, it’s the first Black-owned restaurant and lounge in DuPont Circle.
I feel like I need to give this spot another try - wasn’t crazy about what I wound up getting, but the menu is looking right to me now that I’m sitting here reading it. The prices are reasonable enough that I felt comfortable being adventurous with what I ordered.
The suspiro limeña dessert was good.
Circa at Foggy Bottom
Been a handful of times for happy hour - the tuna poke nachos are my jam!
Clyde’s (Gallery Place)
Your classic saloon-type restaurant with American fare - burgers, wings, crab cakes, nom and nom and nom.
Great spot to hit for drinks and a bite. They have 13 locations in this area, but this is the only one I’ve been to.
El Centro D.F.
Great happy hour! Sitting at the bar gets you the best/quickest service, from what I’ve experienced.
Fish by José Andrés
Not even a seafood person, but I liked the food here. Pretty sure I got the crab cake. Prices are boujee, but it’s in the MGM at the National Harbor, so that’s to be expected.
Honorable mention for the DC location, which I didn’t see on the list. Their glazed bacon lollis left a big impression on me.
La Puerta Verde
Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of the food here at all. Love the decor, however!
Another José Andrés spot - enjoyed the food here, but the service was what really stood out to me. Our bartender was able to answer any questions we had about the menu, which goes way beyond the tacos and quesadillas we were used to.
The Park at 14th
Their jerk wings and mac & cheese are legit! I don’t see myself coming here to party any more, but they can take my money when it comes to food and drinks.
Rasika (West End)
DELICIOUS. I’m not super familiar with Indian cuisine, so I just got the chicken tikka masala (which I’ve been feening for ever since). Tasted some other stuff off of my friends’ plates and wanted to just pick up the table and slide all the food into my mouth.
Definitely don’t miss out on them!
You can find the full list of participating restaurants here: https://www.ramw.org/restaurantweek