Archive | Nommin’ Out Edition RSS feed for this section

Nommin’ Out: Belga Cafe

23 Jan

Located just one block from the Eastern Market metro on 8th and E st SE, this little European restaurant is a solid, low-key selection for your Sunday brunch plans.  First of all, it should be noted that there are NINE different types of waffles you can order.  Yes, nine, ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between.  Alas, I’m not really a “breakfast food” person once it hits the early afternoon brunch hour.  My eye goes immediately to the sandwich section, in which I found this delectable Lamb Burger.  A grilled spicy lamb & chorizo burger, goat cheese, pickle, radish, garlic sauce, on a multi-grain bun is $16, and you can add both fries and a side salad for another $6.

Belga Cafe- Lamb Burger

This is definitely not a brunch spot you select for a bottomless drink option or one to heavily imbibe for cheap.  They do have several wonderful variations of mimosas, including grapefruit and orange, for $9 each.

I’ll be back in the very near future to gorge on one of their eight variations of mussel pots.

Check it out!

Nommin’ Out on 14th St for New Year’s Brunch: Tico and Le Diplomate

30 Dec

It’s almost New Years!!!!!!!!! Wooo. I for one usually feel that New Years Eve is slightly overrated in general.  What I’m definitely looking forward to, and what is most certainly not overrated, is a gluttonous, hangover-curing New Year’s Day Brunch! Lucky for you, me, and a great friend who turns a year older, there are a plethora of delicious options  in DC that will definitely deliver.  Let’s focus on 14th st NW.  I have dined previously at both of the below establishments in need of some greasy lovin’, and left feeling a big MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  One of them is even having a New Years Day Brunch special!

TICO

http://www.ticodc.com

This relatively new restaurant, right by the also relatively new Trader Joe’s, is already a proven hit- it was just listed on the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants of 2014.  But this isn’t really a surprise coming from owner Michael Schlow, a Top Chef Master and James Beard Foundation award recipient.  This restaurant serves American food with Spanish, Mexican, and South American flavors within the funkily-decorated walls displaying artwork by Schlow’s wife.

According to BadWolf DC’s blog, “On New Year’s Day, Tico will offer a “Stay In Your Pajamas Disco Brunch” with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. The restaurant will offer hangover cures from their popular brunch menu like Duck Confit and Green Chile Hash, Kitchen Sink Breakfast Burritos, Stuffed French Toast, Spicy Mexican Fried Chicken, and more.  The special brunch will be $37.50 per person and will include all you can eat from the Pajama Disco brunch menu, bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s, and a special throwback disco soundtrack. Reservations can be made at http://www.ticodc.com/#!reserve/cfwu.”  Click on the blog link for the full menu!  Here’s some menu items that I’ve enjoyed:

Bacon Cheeseburger with fried egg and special sauce

Tico Burger

Tico Mac n Cheese with Serrano Ham

Tico Mac n Cheese

Cinnamon Raisin STUFFED French Toast (it’s stuffed with some sort of delectable cream cheese filling)

Tico Stuffed French Toast

& last but definitely not least, the Hibiscus Margarita, which is one of the best margs this girl has ever enjoyed

Tico Margarita

LE DIPLOMATE

http://lediplomatedc.com/

Le Diplo is having a pre-fixed NYE dinner she-bang which I’m sure will be elegant and classy, but they are also having their usual nom-worthy brunch the following day.  I went there for my birthday brunch back in August, dead set on demolishing one of the best burgers in DC according to the Washingtonian staff.  It is comprised of two thin patties, pickles, onions, and special sauce for an affordable price. Think about it as a super upscale Big Mac.  If that’s what you’ll be hangry for on New Year’s Day, you won’t be disappointed.  After all, this restaurant was also on the Washingtonian’s list of 100 Best Restaurants of 2014.

Le Diplomate Burger Le Diplomate Burger

Happy almost New Years!

Nommin’ Out: Medium Rare

6 Nov

My carnivorous people, pay attention. Medium Rare restaurant, originally started in the Cleveland Park metro area of DC, has expanded to Barracks Row in Eastern Market! My coworker, a staunch Arlington-dweller, mentioned that I need to make it a priority on my restaurant list, and a DC recommendation from him is a big deal.  I shared my desire with a fellow steak lover, and made it a dinner stop this week.  Let me break it down for ya: they serve one thing for dinner only.  Its a $19.75 pre-fixed menu of rustic bread, garden salad, and special-sauce covered steak with hand-cut fries cooked to perfection just the way you like it.  The best part? They serve the steak and fries to you TWICE. Your dinner comes in two parts to ensure the steak and fries stay warm and amazing, #thoughtful.  Paired with a $30 bottle of red wine and I was a happy camper!

Medium RareDC

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.

photo 3

photo 4

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!

photo 1

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:

photo 2

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

photo 3

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

photo 1 photo 2

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:

photo 5

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!

photo 5 photo 1

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.

photo 3

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.

photo 2 photo 4

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

 

Nommin’ Out: Boundary Stone

1 Aug

Happyyyyyy Friday/ first day of August aka my Birthday Month! Thinking of having dinner in the District? You should head to Boundary Stone tonight.  For real, go.  Located on 1st st NE and Rhode Island Ave in Bloomingdale, this small low-key bar has been voted Reader’s Choice Best in DC for Best Neighborhood Bar, among other accolades.

It’s got a nice little patio for outdoor seating right on the sidewalk and a super fly exposed-brick interior (you can never go wrong with exposed brick).  My roommates and I made it a date night and HUSTLED on over to make sure we could partake in their sweet happy hour deal.  It lasts until 7pm and features several$3-$4 beers, red/white wine, margs, and $5 Honey Hot Wings! They were just delightful.

Honey Hot Wings

 

We also got their Crab Dip, as it was a splurge kind of evening (note the fries in the background).  It’s topped with an Old Bay infused oil & served with fresh baked bread.  And let me tell you, they do NOT skimp on the crab meat.  Straight up chunks mixed in with oozey cheese.  Behold the glory:

Crab Dip

 

Thennnn came the entrees.  Decisions were the Falafel wrap, the Bleu Burger, and the Bacon (Jam) Burger (which was obviously my decision).  Talk about delicious, and only $11!  It was cooked to absolute perfection and jam (get it!?)- packed with flavor.  I mean, come on, BACON JAM!

Falafel Wrap

Bacon Jam Burger

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

And THEN (I know, there’s more), we got their salted caramel brownie sundae for dessert.  Best idea ever.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

3 and a half minutes later….

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We win!  And if you feel like continuing the evening with a hipster kind of vibe, walk right across the street to Showtime and grab a cold one.

 

 

Nommin’ Out: Dino’s Grotto

15 Jun

Happy Sunday! Planning an outing this week? A date or a ladies happy hour perhaps? Look no further than Dino’s Grotto, one of Shaw/U Street’s latest awesome additions on 9th street.  Previously located in Cleveland Park, Dino’s revamped restaurant features two levels, a robust and ever-changing Italian menu, and saucy wine descriptions.  My roommate read about Dino’s new location in this Thrillist article, so a group of us chicas checked it out last week for dinner and drinks.  And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.  Also, the happy hour is pretty terrific for all you winos out there.  Each glass is a healthy 8 ounce pour and $3 off during happy hour, which goes until 7pm.  I spent $12 on 3 enormous glasses of wine, which is borderline unheard of in the District.

photo 1 (4) photo 3 (4)

Below are some favorites from their rapidly-changing menu.  Thank goodness my friends are patient, and let me try and snap a perfect pic whilst staring longingly at their untouched food 🙂

The Burrata (Air freighted from Italy olive & red pepper purees – oven roasted tomato)

photo 2 (6)

 

Calamari Salad

 

photo 4 (2)

Duck Fat Potatoes (incredible)

photo 3 (3)

Meatballs (Truck patch pork, dartagnan veal, ricotta, bread, egg, spicy tomato sauce)

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

photo 5 (2)

Mozzarella in Carrozza  (Fried italian mozzarella di bufala sandwich, egg, spicy sorrento tomato sauce)

picstitch (3)

 

Now go figure out a time this week to check it out!

Nommin’ Out: U Street Treats

7 Apr

I love living in Shaw for many reasons.  I live right next to LeDroit Park and can hear bubbly children running after the ice cream truck on the weekends.  A community garden is near my house where Shaw residents work together on their veggie plots.  Howard University hospital and dorms are a stone’s throw away.  My neighbors are always stoop chillin’ with a smile on their faces.  Add all of that to the fact that I can walk just a few short blocks to some of the hottest new bars and restaurants in NW, and it starts to make sense why I never leave this area.  Two of the most recent additions to my favorite hood, both of which have already been acclaimed by the Washington Post, are Right Proper Brewery Company and El Rey.

Right Proper Brewery Company

Right around the corner from the Shaw/Howard Metro and next to Howard Theater on T street, this spot opened in December and has been literally packed ever since.  They offer several beers that are brewed in house, along with several other domestic items like DC Brau, all of which are shockingly low-priced between $4 and $5. Beer aside, the food is phenomenal.  I have eaten there several times, and can definitely attest to Right Proper’s undying popularity.  Below are some of my faves:

Chilled Avocado Snack & Bacon-Fried Kale Side

Photo (6)

Eight-hour Lamb French Dip (amazeballs)

Photo (8)

All Beef Chili

Photo (9)

 

check out the full menu here 

 

El Rey

The brains behind the Brixton, American Ice Company, and Satellite Room opened a fourth U Street gem also back in December- El Rey.  It’s located directly next to Dodge City and you definitely can’t miss the cool construction.  The taqueria is made entirely out of shipping containers and has a retractable roof for those beautiful summer nights.  I’ve already enjoyed several margaritas and some delicious tacos.  My favorite was the al Pastor taco, filled with pork shoulder, pineapple, and chipotle sauce.  Also convenient for U Street, the takeout window is open until 4am on weekend nights to fill your grumbling tummies after a late-night dance sesh.

Photo (10)

Photo (12)

Photo (11)

Pictured above: The al Pastor, the Carne Asada, and the Pescado.  Menu here!

Hit up one or both of these spots for a weekday date night or a weekend hangout.  Whether it be a Tuesday at 7pm or a Saturday at midnight, I can guarantee you will be pleased.

thewinelifestyle

So close to wine

culinarychronicles.wordpress.com/

Discovering new Foodventures with each bite

A Stairway To Fashion

contact: ralucastoica23@gmail.com

Madison Sheffer

a creative communicator

%d bloggers like this: