DC Restaurant Week is one of the most popular events of the summer. Many restaurants throughout the city opened their doors for special multiple-course lunch and dinner services. While I had always wanted to go, I consistently found a way to miss it, or forget about it until it was already over. Not this time! I researched weeks in advance and made reservations to places I thought I would like. Read on to hear about my summer restaurant week experience, and some other local eateries I’ve tried recently that I’m in love with.
The first restaurant I attended was Zaytinya, a Jose Andres Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located in DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood in Northwest. Now I’m not normally into Mediterranean food (I’m a super picky eater), but this took me by surprise at how delicious everything was! My first course was the hummus, and it was so smooth and creamy. Following that were courses of roasted brussels sprouts, salmon, and shrimp, with Turkish delight for dessert. I had to be wheeled out of the restaurant at the end of our meal, I was so stuffed! It was well worth $35 for four courses AND dessert.
I also had lunch with Justin at Acqua Al 2, a rustic Italian restaurant right across the street from Eastern Market in Southeast. We were able to have our pasta and salads outside on their charming little patio, which was a nice touch. My entree of choice involved orecchiette (ear pasta) with an herb pesto sauce, and I could tell the pasta was freshly made. Justin ordered penne with this white creamy cheese sauce, and both dishes were fantastic and well-seasoned. It’s amazing how the simplest meals taste the best, and are also the most complicated! For dessert, we had the equivalent of a chocolate hazelnut Crunch bar brownie. It was a bit rich for both of us, admittedly, but still very good.
While I did not attend this restaurant during restaurant week, I want to mention B Too, since I visited a few weeks ago with a colleague and absolutely loved it. This is a Belgian/French restaurant located in the Logan Circle neighborhood in Northwest. I had my first experience with soft shell crab here, and it did not disappoint! Fun fact: I grew up in Maryland, right on the DC/MD line, and had never had a soft-shell crab! While the texture was weird, it was still pretty tasty, and came with some of the freshest pico-de-gallo I’ve ever had. I will list below other restaurants I’ve tried recently and loved:
- Founding Farmers has an outstanding brunch menu, and I can’t wait to go back for more!
- Mazi has an amazing shrimp and avocado salad, which I had for lunch recently. Their other items looked delicious as well!
- Siroc (not the vodka) has wonderful Italian food as well! I had the salmon when I went, and it was fantastic.
That ends my foodie tour, lovelies! Have you checked out the DC food scene? If not, what about your local eateries? Let’s chat!