Nommin’ Out: Chaplin

11 Aug

Do you like….half price off specialty cocktails til 7pm?  Delicious dumplings, some of which come in a glass of booze?  Steamy Ramen? Funky decor? Look no further than Chaplin, one of Shaw’s most recent bar/restaurant additions (I LOVE my neighborhood!).  It’s located right on the corner of 9th and O st NW near the new Giant, and is the perfect neighborhood bar that you’ve been dreaming of. Ideal for a date, a parental visit, or a casual meal with some close friends, this spot should definitely be on your radar.  Our house trio recently made it our date destination, and were completely surprised to see a friend of ours, who is now Chaplin’s head chef!!  You never know who you’re gonna run into in this town.  Per his expert guidance and sage suggestions, we tried all sorts of deliciousness.

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First things first, cocktails!  Happy hour does not include food, but does include half off all drinks (except for the second section of their specialty drinks).  You still have six ($6 off) “drafty spirits” specialty cocktails to which the deal applies!

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The Vagabond, which our waitress referred to as a “Spa Drink” due to how incredibly refreshing it is.  It’s also enormous and alarmingly easy to drink:

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The Pilgrim, a crazy mix of intense flavors that actually pair really well together:

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A Day’s Pleasure, if you need a strong one after a long day.  They even burn the orange peel to release some flavah:

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Next, cocktails WITH dumplings! Um, genius?  This is the Blood & Sand, which includes Japanese Scotch Whisky, Cherry Brandy, and orange peel.  Chase the shooter with that hot beef dumping you can see down there:

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Okay, finally, the food.  Definitely start with some dumplings to share.  We got two orders, one Pork & Ginger, one Beef & Mushroom.  $8 each and comes with six dumplings.  The sauce is also quite special; our friend thickens up the normal soy sauce with cane sugar!

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And for the entrees, Ramen! You can choose from seven different varieties (not including optional add-ons) for $10-$13 each.  And these things are HUGE and very filling.  Both my roomies took some of theirs home for a glorious next-day work lunch.

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I chose The Knockout: Tonakatsu Broth, Pork Shoulder, soft boiled egg, scallion, pickled ginger.  The pork falls apart in the broth and is so, so delectable.

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Needless to say, I didn’t have any leftovers to take home….

 

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3 Responses to “Nommin’ Out: Chaplin”

  1. Michael August 15, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Making me hungry, kid – great photos though! FYI hosting a wine rooftop happy hour at Lost Society in September, you should come join. Good meeting you at the Hawaiian luau bar crawl!

    • nommingonabudget August 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks Michael! Definitely let us know when in September it is and we’ll be there!

      • Michael August 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

        Sounds good! I also have pics from the bar crawl I want to send you, shoot me an email: contact@rocktheroofdc.com

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