American Ice Company (U St. NW)

Saturday afternoon took us from the Nats game to U St. NW for some city exploring. As I mentioned in my weekend recap, we decided that a glass of wine and small snacks on a patio would be the perfect next move. We tried to get that at Veritas, but it seemed that they didn’t really have much interest in providing us with that. After a failed attempt to get any attention at the bar or the back patio area, and with no desire to sit down for a full brunch, we formulated a plan B. We thought quickly on our feet and decided on American Ice Company instead. We walked the few blocks and in through the gated area of American Ice and realized that this was much more what we were looking for anyways. The vibe there was much quieter and more relaxed. I’m sure this is not the norm there, but it was perfect for us.

I really liked the space a lot. We had the option of sitting on the patio or inside. We really wanted to keep on enjoying the perfect weather, so we chose one of the tables outside.

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We perused the menu and decided on the swachos (nachos with pulled pork, jalapenos, and cheese sauce) and the pickle sampler. The lady went for a Bells Amber on draft and I decided on Bells Oberon tallboy can. Each were $6. I was pretty stoked about the prices, you can’t beat that. The selection was awesome. Nice craft beer, cheap beer, wine, and a full bar. There is something for everyone. And the beers were served in wide-mouth mason jars. Nice touch.

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The nachos were really tasty, but as soon as I saw the veggie nachos (black beans and corn) I wished we had done that. They were a little heavy after having a big sandwich at the ballpark. The pickles, however, did a good job balancing out the heaviness of the nachos.  My favorite bit was the pickled cauliflower. It was just a little bit sweet. I wish I could have a whole cup of that. I’m all about some pickled veggies these days…

We sat there for about 2 hours, slowly enjoying some really delicious beer and watching the bar fill up. It’s the perfect place to hang out and kill a couple of hours. We will certainly be back to do that again.

  • Favorite thing I had: The pickled cauliflower was really great.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Any of the sandwiches. I had just already had a sandwich at the ball park and was in the mood for something else. The veggie nachos also looked excellent.
  • What makes this place stand out: The cool indoor/outdoor space. The front is kind of like a beer garden patio situation, and the inside is a nice rustic metal/wood design. I really appreciated that I could get a craft beer tallboy for $6.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It has officially added to the list of places we default to when killing time in the short period of time that Mockingbird Hill is closed. I can see us there monthly.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): There are so many places to hop to within a 3 block radius: El Rey, Satellite, Nellie’s, Dodge City, DC9. It’s not far from the DB3/ Right Proper/ either.
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