I spent last weekend eating and walking my way through DC while visiting my sister. I have made several trips in the past to one of my favorite cities, but this time around was a true food adventure. Did I mention it was HOT? Exploring in 97 degree weather was just a tad bit uncomfortable but so worth it!
The eating began right after my arrival on Friday evening. We had reservations at Grand Cru Wine & Bistro near where my sister lives in Arlington. We split four starters/salads and I think that’s honestly the best way to go at a place like this. Let me just say that the rosemary & parmesan fries were the BEST french fries we both had, hands down. I am still dreaming about how amazing they were – fresh rosemary and parm, lightly fried. Heaven. We also shared the lump crab cakes, potato gnoccchi and heirloom beet salad. The rose I had was one of my new favorites – I need to hunt that sucker down!
The next morning, we stopped at Northside Social for breakfast sandwiches before heading out on a sweaty walk across the bridge to Georgetown. This local spot never disappoints. I ordered the smoked salmon, poached egg and arugula on an IPA honey roll. I’m salivating again just thinking about this perfect sandwich. They also have a great tea selection, drinking all the iced beverages lately.
We spent the remainder of the morning/early afternoon walking and shopping (and sweating) our way through Georgetown. It’s been a while since I’ve been back but I have to say, I really love this quaint town! Such an amazing food scene with a plethora of shops and boutiques.
Once our stomachs told us it was time to eat, Chaia it was! This farm to taco joint was insanely delicious, might have been my favorite from the whole weekend. Fresh, seasonal and local produce on homemade corn tortillas made for some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Chaia is vegetarian and can be vegan-friendly. I suggest you go for the taco trio like we did, you get to experience three unique flavor combos (that can be modified). I went for the creamy kale + potato, roasted green bean and zucchini. That creamy kale though HELLO, HEY, HI. Expectations exceeded.
We couldn’t not go to Baked and Wired while in town, and because I’ve been anxiously awaiting to go. We split the Smurfette (lemon cakecup with blueberries and lemon cream cheese frosting) and Pistachio. It was hard to choose the favorite, both dreamy.
We walked around in DC for a little while before dinner at Rasika. The highly anticipated Indian restaurant was nothing short of delicious (and SPICY). We may have ordered some serious spicy items on accident, to the point where the bartender gave us lassis on the house because we were on the struggle bus. The lighting was far too dark for a decent picture but everything was awesome, including the rose!
Sunday morning was all about brunch, thanks to a friend who referred us to Central Michel Richard. The French/American Bistro holds an incredible 3-course brunch menu. I seriously wanted to try everything! My first course was watermelon salad with ricotta and pistachio – classic combo that hit the spot.
Second, main course was scallion omelet with duck confit and pickled radish. I never order duck but so glad I did. This meal was delicious and don’t get me started on that pickled radish!!! I could eat a whole jar of that stuff.
Berry macarons called my name for the final dessert course. Small but so, so good. I think someone needed to roll us out of the restaurant. Time for more walking and sweating!
My final stop for the weekend was the Union Market. This was my first visit but definitely not my last. You know I love any kind of outdoor/indoor local food market so I was in my happy place. It took us a few laps around to make a dinner decision but we both had our hearts set on TaKorean – a Korean taco grill. We went with the half and half brown rice/greens bowls. I opted with chicken (cooked in Korean seasoning/spices) and spicy kale slaw.
And I couldn’t leave without getting some ice cream at Little Baby’s Ice Cream pop-up shop. It was the best non-dairy ice cream I have had yet. The Lime Toasted Coconut is a winner. They also have regular dairy-based flavors as well (sister got vanilla bean cardamom).
Until next time, DC!