Logan Tavern (Logan Circle)

When friends suggested we get brunch before the Pride parade, I set out to find the best possible option. We needed something with vegetarian options that was relatively close to the parade route. As a bonus, I looked for a place that had Pride specials. Logan Tavern had all those things, so a reservation was made! It’s not normally my style to try to get into a place at what could be its busiest time, but I figured (hoped) that they would be ready for a busy day. I had never been before, but I have been to their sister restaurant, Commissary,  and was confident in my choice. My friend made mention that it was great that she just asked the lady if we wanted to do brunch and then I jumped in and planned the whole thing. When it comes to being able to choose a restaurant to try, I’m always on top of that! Our whole party showed up just a few minutes early and were seated quickly. They were busy, but they clearly had plenty of people on staff to handle the crowd. We were seated at a booth and our server came more quickly than we were able to digest the bloody mary and drink menus. We did eventually figure it out and I decided on one of the special drinks, the Carrie Bradshaw. Tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and egg white. The server made sure to let me know the flower was edible. I ate a petal or two, but ultimately decided it was not my jam. The drink was good. It was a lot like a little bit sweeter, lighter margarita, with a nice creaminess from the egg white.   The rest of the table went with various bloody marys and the lady had a mimosa. photo4 That’s a picture of my Maria Caliente, which was my second drink (Chili pepper tequila, bloody mix, lime, and hot sauce). They warned me it was going to be spicy, and it was. But it was tasty. All the bloodys were nicely decorated.

For food, we started with the french toast sticks with caramel pecan dipping sauce.   They were fluffy on the inside but still crunchy on the outside. And the dipping sauce was top notch. I’m really surprised we didn’t have a second order of them. (Technical difficulties, picture coming soon)

 

They held us over until our food came. Which was surprisingly speedy for as busy as they were. Like I said, I was super impressed with how well everything seemed to be running.

photo3 I ordered the Chorizo and Avocado omelet. I figured that was a good, proteiny option for Pride brunch, just in case excessive drinking happened. It was really good. Not too greasy, and the avocado and salsa on top were a perfect combination.   Two of my friends ordered Eggs Benedict. This is the crab cake one. She said that it was good! She noted that the crab cakes were tasty. The lady ordered the roast turkey club. I was not in sandwich mood at all, so my bite of it wasn’t memorable, but it certainly wasn’t bad! We ended with Espresso shots (espresso, simple syrup, vanilla vodka), which were the brainchild of one of our friends at the table, and the restaurant gladly accommodated and  made them for us. They were PERFECT. I feel like that’s how I should end every meal from now on. Overall, it was a really great meal with friends. The service was excellent and I’m glad we chose it for Pride Brunch. We will certainly be back to work our way through the menu.

  • Favorite thing I had: Those french toast sticks were tasty.  My omelet was really good too. I was sort of afraid that the Chorizo would make it greasy, but it was flavorful. The avocado and salsa on top were yummy. My Maria Caliente was spicy, but really flavorful. The grilled salmon sandwich also sounded good. It was a hard decision!
  • Favorite thing she had:  She really liked the french toast sticks too. She also noted that her mimosa was good.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The steak and eggs and the lamb burger were both thoughts I had before I settled on the omelet. I’d like to make my way through their drink menu as well.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): I can see us heading back here every couple of months. It was good, but there are so many other things in the area left to try!
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Anything on P St! We stopped by Stoney’s beforehand for a beer. Pitango gelato is there too if you need dessert.
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Stachowski Market and Deli (DC)

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I have been driving past Stachowski’s on my way from Georgetown to points east in the city for a while now. Every time I’d drive past, I’d make a mental note that I needed to go there for lunch and then promptly forget that mental note. I finally added it to my list and when more than one of my coworkers mentioned it, we made it happen. Now that the terrible, cold winter is finally letting up, the several block walk from our office to the deli was actually do-able.

My reaction to Stachowski’s was “this is totally cute, look at all the things to buy!” and then “holy meat counter.” My two co-workers and I bounced from place to place just seeing everything there was to see. It’s not big, this didn’t take very long. There are all sorts of DC and local treats and products available to purchase, as well as a meat counter and charcuterie.

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One co-worker grabbed a couple of pickles out of the pickle barrel and ordered the pastrami sandwich. My other co-worker and I had discussed splitting the 4 Meat grinder, but both decided to get our own just in case splitting one wasn’t enough food. Well. That fear was unfounded. All 3 of us could have split one and still had food left over. It was basically an entire loaf of bread loaded with 4 meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, hot peppers, and vinaigrette. And it was delicious. The fresh-baked bread was just soft, but crispy enough. The vinaigrette and hot peppers were excellent. I only managed to eat about a quarter of the sandwich and had plenty leftover for both me and the lady to have dinner. Four sandwiches for about $13 is an awesome deal. Next time I order that, I’m splitting it with multiple people.

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There is only one table in the window of the shop, and luckily we were able to find 3 seats and hang out for a bit. The shop has a very mom and pop, charming feel to it. The walk to and from the lower part of Georgetown was nice as well. We took our time and discussed which houses we’d own if we had way more money than we currently make. It was a perfect Friday lunch break.

  • Favorite thing I had: Well, I only had enough room for a portion of the grinder. But it was a perfect Italian-style sandwich. My co-worker said it was exactly the kind of sandwich she’s been looking for for a long time.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The turkey club sounded really great. And maybe also isn’t the size of a toddler. They had some really tasty looking baked goods too.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It’s definitely in the lunch rotation. Probably sometime within the next couple of weeks.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): It’s a little isolated, up in the residential area of Georgetown. If it’s a really nice day, you could get a sandwich and walk back down to Georgetown Waterfront Park. You could split the grinder into several parts, share some with the hungry along the way, and still have plenty to eat.

B Too (DC)

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It took me a while to decide exactly where I wanted to go to for sorta fancy date night birthday dinner. I perused our ever expanding list of places to try, weighing how bad I wanted to try the place versus special enough for a birthday meal. B Too jumped out at me. It’s somewhere we wouldn’t normally go but was at the top of the desire to try list.

We got there a bit before our reservation so we started at the bar. As soon as we sat down, we were well cared for by 2 very friendly bartenders. It was still happy hour, so I grabbed the Belgian Mule and she had a wheat beer. Nice way to start the evening and end a hard week of work.

I had already taken a look at the menu earlier in the week, so I already had a few contenders in mind. I was pretty set on a nice birthday steak. The salmon with potato crust put up a good fight, but I decided to go for something I wouldn’t normally order. I went big with the beef tenderloin. The lady, not being a big fan of seafood, went for the hanger steak. We had our choices of sauces. I went with a pepper sauce and she went with the garlic butter. Hers came with roasted veggies and mine a salad, both with fries. The steaks didn’t beat the one I had a Ray’s The Steaks for my birthday  a couple years ago, but they were both good.

I had the Brussel’s Winter as my first drink at dinner. Vodka, lemon, pineapple, basil, and choco bitters. And then the Merry Rose for the second one. Gin, rosemary tincture, lime, lemon, cava. The Brussel’s winter was really interesting. I’m enjoying the trend of pineapple in drinks recently.

For dessert, we went with the waitress’s suggestion of the Frangipane Waffle for dessert. Banana, beer caramel, crumble. We split one, because we were both pretty full. The waffle was the perfect combination of crispy but soft. The caramel was awesome. I’d go back just for that.

  • Favorite thing I had: The tenderloin with pepper sauce. Pretty perfect.
  • Favorite thing she had: The Frangipane Waffle. Server recommended, lady approved.
  • How was the service?: Exactly how I like it. Friendly, knowledgeable, never having to wait long for her next visit.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I think next time I’m going to go for the mussels. The ones with 1/2 a lobster and bisque sound amazing. The Mathilde’s Muse cocktail. Pear vodka, St. Germaine, lemon, cava. Seemed a little too obvious a choice for me that night.
  • What makes this place stand out: Celebrity chef Bart Vandaele, of Top Chef fame, was bouncing all around the dining room overseeing all of the happenings the whole time we were there. I never had the guts to go talk to him. What do you even say? “Your food tastes real good…” Also, they have BREAKFAST.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It was a touch on the high end of the scale for us, so it might have to be a special occasions place. Also a good happy hour or dessert spot. Or maybe we’ll just hit them for breakfast in the next month time-frame.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Anywhere on 14th or P streets. We hoofed it up to 2 Birds 1 Stone, but you could just do Black Whiskey or Stoney’s.

Commissary (Logan Circle)

This is one out of the mind archives. I went last night for a team-bonding dinner with my football team, but I’ve been a couple of times before. This is a solid American food restaurant and bar. Everyone I know has been there and no one has anything bad to say about it. Good outdoor seating. They have a pretty large and varied menu, daily specials, a sizable cocktail lists and something for everybody beer on draft.

  • Favorite thing I’ve had: My first visit, the jalapeno tequila margarita.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The 1443 P St. Cocktail (earl grey infused gin, grapefruit, and St. Germain). And several of their other cocktails. Food: the chicken kebabs sound good. The buffalo chicken mac and cheese on a diet cheat or I just don’t give a fuck, day.
  • What makes this place stand out: They infuse a lot of their own liquors there. And they’re right down my alley: simple with ingredients I’ve heard of and lots of fruity options.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next month.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Stoney’s, Number 9, Sweetgreen, Pitango