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Nommin’ Out: Celebrations at Agora

26 Jan

First, thank you to all of those who have humored me with this blog endeavor; I reached 1500 hits this weekend!! Who would have thunk it.  This blog’s milestone and a good friend’s 25th birthday led a group of us girls to Agora on 17th and R st NW.

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Agora is the second best brunch deal in the district, just behind Local 16 on U street.  Their brunch “is served from 11am to 3pm, Saturday & Sunday. A la carte or pre-fixe. All dishes served as ready. Unlimited pre fixe brunch – $32.99. Choose as many brunch items as you like from our entire brunch selection. (pre fixe menu limited to two hours, seating ends at 2:30pm). Includes bottomless supply of any of the following: mimosa, bloody mary, champagne, house vodka / gin / rum / tequila house gin&vodka martinis”.  Parties have two hours to enjoy literally anything and everything on the menu.  The servers are attentive, pleasant, and your glass will never be left empty.  Below were some of the menu superstars from our Saturday:

Challah French Toast 

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Swiss Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

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Cilbir (two farm fresh poached eggs topped with yogurt, sumac, oregano & spicy oil, gluten-free)

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Htipiti served with Pita (roasted peppers, feta, thyme, olive oil, gluten-free)

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Appease your Mediterranean cravings and check it out!

http://agoradc.net/

1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 332-6767

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Nommin’ Out/In: Greek Spot

6 Jan

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I’m back after a holiday hiatus!  Hope you all had marvelous Christmases, Hanukkahs, Kwanzaas, etc and are back on that work grind. I’m devoting this post to my house’s new tradition: Seamless Sundays.  Basically, most of our Sundays are spent lounging on the couch, watching stellar movies, and ordering (at least) one meal via Seamless.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Seamless is an online food-ordering platform that saves lives.  Seamless has it all- Italian, Chinese, Thai, Sushi, Burgers, Mexican, and even Malaysian for those of you feeling adventurous.  My favorite place to order from resides in the Greek category, and aptly named Greek Spot. Located just off of U street NW on 11th street, Greek Spot produces quite possibly the best gyros ever made.  The $6.75 lamb gyro (they also have veggie) has thin strips of meat, lettuce, tomato, feta and tzatziki sauce.  Paired with their peppery french fries and extra tzatziki, this meal is sure to take your Sunday from sub-par to incredible.  I have also tried the gyro platter (pictured) that comes with orzo and the Greek burger, both of which are bomb. You can order online at Seamless, Greek spot’s website online ordering, or by phone at (202) 265-3118.  I highly encourage you to add this spot to your dining repertoire, and feel free to adopt Seamless Sundays as part of your own lifestyle. It’s fantastic.

Nommin’ Out: Wok and Roll

16 Oct

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IT’S SUSHI WEDNESDAY!!! Or at least it should be.

Last Friday night I enjoyed my favorite sushi so far in the city- Wok and Roll Restaurant in Chinatown.  This place is smushed in between several other Chinese/Japanese combo restaurants directly around the corner from the Chinatown metro, just waiting for you to take a chance and stroll in.  The restaurant is a decent size with a bunch of round tables to accommodate bigger parties, such as last week’s two groups of Sake-bombing 20 somethings having the time of their life and simultaneously making me jump with every table BANG (no judgement- been there).  While appreciative of the ruckus, I needed to ignore the distraction and concentrate on the ENORMOUS menu in front of me. I couldn’t even deal with the Chinese menu and went right to the Sushi list- featuring appetizers, Nigri sushi, Sashimi, your standard rolls (such as Salmon and California), Spicy Rolls, and an extensive list of Specialty Rolls, the section in which my propensity for decisiveness meets a worthy challenge.  It’s no shock that the specialty rolls are pricey.  However, there are a handful under $10 that, begrudgingly, is not the common practice at DC sushi restaurants.  One roomie gambled on the costly Hawaiian Roll (pictured, top), which was everyone’s favorite and decidedly worth it.  The other decided on the Garden Roll- not on the standard menu but instead among yet another sea of options on an additional table pamphlet (pictured, bottom left).   I went with the colorful Rainbow Roll to fill my daily  omega-3 quota, along with the Shrimp Tempura roll (pictured, bottom right).  And guess what? THEY DELIVER! $15 minimum anytime between 11am and 10:30pm Monday through Thursday and Sunday, but until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday!! Get your late night nosh on.  Or at a normal time tonight. Whatever works.

More fun things to note: They have a Sake Bar, Karaoke, and a Happy Hour from 5-8pm Monday through Friday.

http://www.wok-n-rolldc.com/

Additional location: 2400 18th St NW in Adams Morgan

Nommin’ Out: Stoney’s DC

25 Sep

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Yes, it’s finally happening… an AMAZING BAR FOOD POST !! Stoney’s, a small pub on 14th street, is a self-proclaimed “Boss of Sauce” and has been serving some of the best bar food in DC since 1968. Stoney’s restaurant hours are some of the most convenient around- open Sunday – Thursday: 11am-2am, Friday & Saturday: 11am-3am, and Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm.  One of the reasons I keep going back to Stoney’s is they serve literally the best tuna melt I’ve ever had in my life (pictured, bottom).  The top picture is the Reuben sandwich, also delicious and lookin’ all sexy smothered in Russian dressing.  Both use buttery bread expertly toasted to a golden brown (can you tell I’m currently salivating?). Sandwiches come standard with potato salad, but ask for a side salad or golden fries for only $1 more.  Stoney’s has a casual bar atmosphere with desired sports playing on several TVs, as well as a few sidewalk tables to certainly take advantage of on these gorgeous early-fall evenings.  Snag a hightop table next Sunday and get comfortable.  Also, wear some stretchy pants.

http://www.stoneys-dc.com/

Nommin’ Out: El Centro

13 Sep

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El Centro on 14th Street NW is a mexican gem.  A DC happy hour favorite, this two story restaurant also has brunch and late night menus available.  The second story is a funky rooftop, a great meetup spot now that it’s September and not a bazillion degrees outside (hopefully?). I have only been for the happy hour- mostly due to $4 house margaritas and $6 guacamole, which they make in front of you.  There are however a plethora of other options.  The happy hours drinks include several types of bottled beer, house wine, margaritas and sangria, available from 5-7pm nightly.  The food happy hour options are extended, including 2 tacos for $6, available from 5-9pm nightly.  Pictured above are the Duck Alambre tacos, which while not on the happy hour taco menu, are definitely worth the $13.95.  Topped with cotija cheese and roasted corn, the taco trio comes with mexican rice and refried beans, SUPER filling!  The duck is definitely a stronger flavor and I only advise it to those who know they like it.  I’ve also had the Grilled Steak tacos, which are available on the happy hour menu and satisfy meat cravings without overwhelming with a specific flavor.

In conclusion, the bartenders are enthusiastic, the food is yummy and affordable, and the happy hour drink options are plentiful.  Snatch a rooftop bar stool and see where the wind blows you….

Nommin’ Out: Shaws Tavern

19 Aug

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Enter the Shaw Burger- one of the finest nommables I’ve consumed thus far in DC.  My friends and I have made Shaws Tavern on 6th and Florida Ave a Sunday brunch habit- it’s not fussy, you can always get seated (granted for parties of 8 or less), the service is super friendly, and they have a $12 bottomless mimosa special that one expects at a great brunch spot.  While the entire menu is impressive, the burger is by far the best thing on it.  I get this bad boy almost every time.  Comes with fries (ask for truffled for an extra couple buckaroos) or a salad (Caesar pictured).  You have a plethora of cheese options, including cheddar (pictured) and goat.  Then there’s AVOCADO, sauteed onions, jalapenos, bacon, mushrooms, and/or a fried green tomato.  I like my toppings a plenty, so granted this adds up.  That’s why I also try and go on Tuesdays when burgers are HALF OFF from 5-11pm.  And that’s just their Tuesday event.  

Shaws Tavern has a calendar on their page that boasts Soul Sundays, Trivia Mondays, Piano Bar Wednesdays, and Jazz Thursdays.   On Wednesday and Thursday nights, sit at the bar, chat with the knowledgeable and amicable bartenders, order a specialty drink and let the tunes sooth you.  For all you gin drinkers out there, I highly recommend the Lime Aviation, which features a splash of Creme de Violette for a twist.  I might be the chick on the stool next to you.

 

Nommin’ Out: The Dickson

6 Aug

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A discreet multi-level building with almost no signage, the Dickson Wine Bar is a gem to add to your happy hour musings.  Located on 9th and U St, it’s small with a super cool interior.  The walls are lined with hundreds of dark green, blue, and brown recycled wine bottles, and the cozy bar level has cute high top tables that fit parties of four.  I sat in the bar along the window on one of several high top seats, allowing for sidewalk views and a direct line of vision to Nellie’s Sports Bar (sidewalk stalking may or may not be a blog motif).  Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5-7pm, and boasts $5 house wines (red, white, & sparkling) and select brews.  Pictured above is an appetizer from their dinner menu: $6 carrot dip with capers and feta, served with warm bread.  This was the perfect accompaniment to my house white wine, and the ideal size for a twosome.  And speaking of twosomes, the Dickson is a GREAT date place.  You can pick a level depending on your desired surroundings (i.e. bar level you will be sitting 10 inches from the next couple, whereas the top level is a bit more spread out) and its dark with great aesthetics.  Snag a companion and get there!

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