The Jenny at &pizza in Washington, DC
Basil Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Housemade Mozzarella, Ricotta Spread, Spinach, Shrimp, and Red Pepper Chili Oil
I can officially announce that I am moving to Washington DC within the next two weeks. New job, new city, new roommate. It’ll suck leaving my friends and family here in Cleveland, but I’m pumped to start the next chapter in my life.
And yes, I have already started knocking places off my #ClevelandFoodBucketList, and the Taste of Tremont was amazing today!!
Khachapuri at Compass Rose in Washington, DC
Served Adjarian-style with cheese, a raw organic egg, and a pat of spring butter - which is then all combined table side.
Church Street Hogie from Taylor Gourmet Deli in Washington, DC
Spicy homemade Italian sausage, sauteed onions and peppers, and mozzarella (they were out of provolone, which normally goes on this sandwich).
I didn’t really know how much food this was going to be, so I ordered the larger size. It was far too huge, but made for great drunk food the next day.
Steak Bowl at ShopHouse in Washington, DC.
Made my return to the lone location of Chipotle’s little brother today. Still a huge fan of the spicy corn. And I remembered from a previous visit that I did not like the noodles, so I went with Jasmine rice.
[Previously: Chicken Bowl]
The Banana Upside-Down Cake at Clyde’s in Washington, DC was amazing. Better than mom’s famous Banana Bars? Nothing’s better than mom’s… but it was up there. Wow. My favorite dessert I’ve had all year.
And it came after a Browns victory; which was enjoyed in a room full of vocal (drunk) Browns fans. What could be better?
Chili Half Smoke from Ben’s Next Door in Washington, DC
Wouldn’t get relish on it next time. It didn’t really go well with the chili and onions. However, it definitely did not take away from the amazing drunk food factor.
#Sriracha Forever (Taken with Instagram at ShopHouse Kitchen)
"Food Kill". Warhol, 1962. Ink and pencil on paper.
As seen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Pastrami Smoked Salmon Platter at Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon, Virginia
Spiced Smoked Salmon served with a toasted Bagel, Cream Cheese, Capers, Red Onion, Tomato, a Hard Boiled Egg and topped with a Dill Crème Fraîche
I’ve always lived in a neighborhood with a low Jewish population, and an even lower deli population (one, I think, and it’s just over a year old). So all of the old classics like Pastrami, Corned Beef, and Smoked Salmon are relatively new to me. That said, I’m catching on quickly.
I’ve already dubbed Pastrami Hash as my favorite brunch dish. Well as it turns out, this may have even been better. The smoked Salmon melted in my mouth. Cream Cheese and Bagels - an amazing combo; Capers and (raw) Onions - a briney and sharpness (respectively) that complemented the fish perfectly. So so good, and I wasn’t even hungover - as is normally the case on Sunday mornings in DC.
Now I’m just looking for a place closer to my home base in Ohio that can bring me this exact plate. Then they win. I’d be there every weekend.
Sauerbraten Feast at Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Slow-cooked German Pot Roast, Homemade Spaetzle, Fresh Sauerkraut, and Roasted Apples.
This isn’t a normal menu item; but occasionally the kitchen offers a feast option that can serve multiple people. We split the serving three ways (this is just my portion), and it was plenty of food. It was my first time ever having real Spaetzle, and it was delicious. Big fan of that. Gotta try some more.
Virtue just seems like a cool place to be, even if you’re not eating their “modern pub grub.” Lots of place just to lounge around, including an indoor porch swing.