Happy Hour. DGS. 5-7 Daily. At the bar. Excellent.
The smoked salmon tartar with everything aioli and bagel crunchies gets my early vote for dish of the year (so far edition). Perfect balance of smoke, salt, fat, crunch. Luscious...and only $5.
Also great was the grilled tongue rueben slider. More of a small sandwich served on their rye bread than a burger-style slider. The tongue was excellent, super tender but still meaty. oh, it's only $4. Four dollars people. Perhaps the best four dollar dish in DC.
Fiery Brisket Balls...not very fiery at all , but if you like deep fried meat balls these are your thing...It's hard not to order them at 3 for $5, but I was perhaps expecting more out of them. Good but not reaching the heights of the salmon and tongue.
We also ordered a couple items off the main dinner menu.
Kreplach - A lovely plate of salt cod ravioli, very mildly fishy, certainly not overpowering. Was desperate for some sort of acid bite, perhaps a scattering of capers or preserved lemon would elevate this dish from good to excellent.
Potato Latkes - These were fine. For $7 you get two rather small latkes and not really worth the price compared to what we were getting at similar prices off the Happy Hour menu. Loved the home made apple preserve.
French Fries - a healthy portion of fries for $5 with a nice yogurt sauce for dipping. They could have been a bit more crispy, some fries were rather limp.
Babka Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Ice cream - A dessert worthy of a "put a fork in me" moment. Not heavy or dense like bread pudding can be, but rich and buttery with a good ice cream melting in the middle of the plate.
U-Bet Egg Cream - Maybe because I wasn't born in America I'm missing the nostalgia gene for this. A $3 experiment into Americana...I went there, but I don't see the need in going back.
Note on the pickles...I have to agree with the posters above, the pickles are weak.
Our first time at DGS and we were suitably impressed. Off to a good start and can only hope it will get better.
All of the above plus two glasses of wine and a cocktail came in at $69, not including tip.