Well, we finally succeeded in doing the Derek Brown Three (DB3). That is, hitting all 3 of Derek Brown’s bars on 7th St. in Shaw in one night. Saturday, when were were in Mockingbird Hill, our buddy bartender Adriana asked if we were going to do the DB3. I was confused and had no idea what she meant, but the lady figured it out. We weren’t able to on Saturday, but it offered me a new challenge! I always love a challenge.
We started at Mockingbird Hill to celebrate International Sherry Week / their first birthday. The lady went with the sherry they had on Happy Hour special and I went with the PX Sweet Tea. The bartender, Abby, was super chatty and told us about how Cobblers used to be one of the most popular cocktails in the 1880’s. She talked about how she really loved them and so I did her the favor and let her make me one. 🙂 It was really excellent. She caught me taking the pic of it for Instagram and joked that that’s how she judged the success of her cocktails- that people want to take pictures of them to put them on Instagram.
We then made the move over to Southern Efficiency . I had heard about their Strawberry soda, white whiskey, and Campari drink that they had on tap. It was a must try. And it was delightful. A perfect hot weather beverage. We also ordered the Fried Pickle plate and the lady had a manhattan. The fried pickled veggies were fantastic. A perfect cornmeal batter and just pickled enough to taste that through the batter. The dipping sauce had a little kick. Delightful.
And because we could, we ended at Eat The Rich. I thought that oysters would be a perfect way to end the evening. I ordered half a dozen of the oysters and a 3 Stars Lemon Peel and Citra Saison. The oysters were delicious and of course the beer was great. This was the first time we had been to Eat The Rich, and we both really liked the space. They also have more entrees than the other 2 bars, and so we’ve decided that we’ll definitely be getting dinner (or brunch!) on our next visit. We’ll also be trying the cocktails- they all sounded amazing.
And that, my friends is how you spend $90 (but totally worth it) in one weeknight. Everything was excellent and I’m well on my way to becoming a fanperson.
Bourbon made it on the to-try list by recommendation of P. I had been to the Adams Morgan location for his birthday, but had never had more than a couple of beers. Upon creation of the blog, he insisted it go on the list and that we check it out. So, when we finally got around to setting up a double date night with P and his boyfriend, that’s where we headed. The lady and I decided to go over a little early to grab a couple of drinks before dinner. She went with the Manhattan w/ Four Roses and I went with the Scottish Summer (Scotch, basil, strawberry, lemon, simple syrup, and ginger beer)
The Scottish Summer was not quite as delightful as all those flavors sounded together. I think the bartender went a little heavy on the lemon juice and neglected the sweeter elements that would have helped balance it out. The Manhattan was excellent. P and his boyfriend showed up and we ordered another round. This time I went with a Pimms Cup and the lady stuck with her Manhattan. P went with a beer (Great Lakes, like a good Clevelander) and his boyfriend went with an Old Fashioned.
We sat and chatted for a bit and conferred that this was where we wanted to have dinner. So we moved to the corner of the bar, where we would be sitting less in a straight line. We would have loved to sit outside, but there were no seats available and a threat of rain. I think we were there during the changing of a shift, so it took a little while to get attention to order food. At that point, we were super hungry and feeling our drinks, so we ordered some wings.
They hit the spot. Very flavorful and juicy. The way wings should be. For dinner, I decided on the BBQ salmon and everyone else went with sandwiches. (The Turkey Jack, the Chicken Cuban, and the Beer Battered Pork (B.P.T))
I think the sandwiches fell in the “pretty good” category. The potato chips served with the sandwiches were really good though. I keep reaching over and stealing them from the lady. The salmon was excellent. The BBQ was tasty and it was cooked just right. I was pleasantly surprised to get such good salmon from a bar. So, overall, not a bad experience. I’d really like to try the Scottish Summer again to see if it’s actually a better drink if made by another bartender. The Manhattans were good enough, I’m sure the lady will insist we go back.
- Favorite thing I had: The salmon. It was cooked perfectly. And the wings were really good.
- Favorite thing she had: The Manhattan w/ Four Roses Yellow Label and the Old Bay chips that came with her sandwich.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The lamb burger or the steak salad. The brunch menu looks pretty good.
- What makes this place stand out: The whole wall behind the bar is just covered in bottles of bourbon and whiskey. It was really nice to look at. And tasty to drink, as well.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): We would probably stop by here for a drink before or after dinner next time we’re in Glover Park.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): We went over to see our friends at Arcuri for a night cap
I’m not even going to lie, I’ve started using this blog as an excuse to hit a second spot after dinner. We’ve also decided it’s the only way we’ll ever make it through our list before we die. After dinner at B Too, we set off up 14th St to find 2 Birds 1 Stone. I had seen some buzz about it recently and was intrigued. It was not the easiest place to find, there’s no signage on the outside at all. But we were tipsy and adventurous so we double checked the address and charged into Doi Moi and wandered until we found the stairs that took us down into 2Birds. We felt like we had discovered a secret when we walked into the space. It wasn’t too crowded and we slid into a 2-person booth to the side of the bar. Despite this being a basement bar at night, the lighting made it feel like much lighter than that. Lots of back lighting and white paint with a bunch of nooks and crannies to hide away in.
We sat down and had hand drawn menus (pictured above) placed in front of us. We both gravitated towards very typical-of-us drinks. She had the Bizzy Izzy. Rye, sherry, lemon juice, pineapple. And I had the Mancuso. Cachaca, chartreuse, ginger beer. The ginger beer was quite strong in mine, but still pretty tasty. Hers was probably one of the best drinks I’ve had this year. The pineapple was a perfect balance to the rye and sherry. I’d go back just for that. I’m looking forward to our next visit.
On our way out, we made a pit stop to the restroom. While I was waiting in line, a girl asked if she could dip in quickly before me to take a picture of the wallpaper. It was certainly worthy of a picture, and I did take one, but it’s a bit pornographic to post in a food and bev blog. You’ll have to go see it yourself. Upon our exit, we discovered the main door of the bar on S St. NW. That seems like the easier way to get in, rather than wandering through a very crowded Doi Moi.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Maybe I’d go for the punch of the day next time.
- Most interesting thing she wants to try next time: It sounds like their menu rotates pretty regularly. She’s always on the look out for a new tasty whiskey drink. And has an interest in trying more sherry.
- What makes this place stand out: Where do I begin? The cozy basement space with tons of nooks to the very naughty wallpaper in the bathroom. The hand drawn menus.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): The next time we’re looking for a second spot in the area. This is the kind of place I’d like to take an out of town guest (cool and unique). Not crowded and cozy with good drinks is my sweet spot.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Take your pick. It’s in the middle of 14th St. My first thought was Pearl Dive.
When I first heard about this string of bars (This one in addition to Mockingbird Hill and Eat The Rich) recently opened on 7th St. NW in Shaw, I was skeptical. It seemed silly to me to open a whole bar dedicated to a couple of products. Despite this skepticism, my lady’s love for whiskey and southern food (who doesn’t love southern food?) landed us here on one of our weekly date nights. I was surprised by the simplicity of the decor and the longer I sat at the bar, the more small details I noticed. The space is small and cozy and was almost totally empty at 5pm. Not being a huge whiskey fan myself, I settled on one of the cocktails. Plenty of other mixers to change the flavor of the whiskey. I believe I went with one that included apple cider (this was back at the end of January). The cocktails listed on the menu come pre-made in a jar with a lid. Quite charming. For food I went for the Blue Catfish and the lady went for the pulled pork sandwich. I knew both were excellent when we stopped talking almost completely while we were eating. For her second drink, the lady ordered an Old Fashioned made with Bulleit. This drink is the entire reason I’m writing this review. It was the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever tried, and I don’t tend to care for them. We’d go back just for that, but luckily, there are a couple other things on the menu I want to return to.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the limited product bar concept, but I’m intrigued.
- Favorite thing I’ve had: The blue catfish with grits hit the southern-food-loving spot.
- Favorite thing she had: Old Fashioned with Bulleit
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I’ve heard good things about the Peanut Soup. The Bourbon balls for dessert!
- What makes this place stand out: Whiskey. The selection, the display, the knowledgeable bartenders.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next month – 6 months from now. Next time the lady has a hankering for that Old Fashioned.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): There’s a high concentration of things within a couple of blocks: Right Proper, All Souls, a show at 9:30 club.