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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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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

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

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3 and a half minutes later….

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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.

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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)

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Calamari Salad

 

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Duck Fat Potatoes (incredible)

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

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms

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

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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

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Eight-hour Lamb French Dip (amazeballs)

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All Beef Chili

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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.

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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.

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: 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!

Nommin’ Out: Tortilla Coast

9 Jun

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Last Friday, a very good friend flew in from out of town.  We decided to celebrate and indulge in a serious hankering for Mexican food. A big group of us chose Tortilla Coast in Logan Circle, conveniently located on the corner of 15th and P street. I always get nervous going out for Mexican; a guacamole appetizer is a must and margaritas usually veer toward the pricier end, making the meal hardly a cheap event. Tortilla Coast was a pleasant surprise. We managed to get there before the happy hour ended at 7:30 (happy hours that end past 7pm are hard to come by) and enjoy a delicious $5 margarita.  Guacamole was of course ordered, followed closely by sizzling Chicken fajitas.  For less than $14, I had sliced chicken breasts, grilled veggies, warm tortilla wraps, and rice.  There was more than enough for me to share with my friends around the table, who were also enjoying their meal decisions.  My total bill was $30, including the fajitas and several margs, not bad for a meal out in the District.

Check it out:

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