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  1. It was described as a blueberry reduction sauce on the menu and it very much tasted like blueberries so I will have to defer to the restaurant that they have accurately described the sauce. I know it sounds like an unpleasing combination but this worked so well and was quite complimentary.
  2. My parents, brother, my boyfriend and i came here for my birthday dinner (my choice although it was my first time here). I ordered the Filetto al Mirtillo-filet mignon in a blueberry reduction sauce. WOW! Do yourself a favor and order that! It was perfectly cooked medium rare per my request and the blueberry reduction was a flavorful tasty treat. There was a lot of it and I enjoyed dipping every bit of filet in it. My father ordered the same thing and had my sentiments as well. My brother approved of his steak, while my mother was slightly less impressed with her pork chops. She tried some of my steak and immediately said she should have ordered that. We also ordered Asparagi Grigliati for th table. The asparagus spears were large and seasoned appropriately with complimenting lemon as well. We ordered two pastas as they are "family style"- the Orecchiette ai Broccoli and the Topini al Gorgonzola. The gnocchi with the gorgonzola cream sauce was the favorite of the table, not to say the orichette with broccoli was bad. Both were homemade and delicious. We had started off with the buratta which was a lovely appetizer. Even the bread pre-meal was good. This was not a cheap meal but it's perfect for a special occasion!
  3. this is one of my favorite BBQ joints in DC! I love the duck with the blackberry carmelized onions as well as the brisket with the delicious side of horseradish sauce. The pulled pork is always a good option too-very tender and I like that you can put your own sauce on once it's served. The goat was also delicious when I had it, and I loved the curry blend of spicing. I've had both the jalapeno cheddar and the bacon gorgonzola mac and cheeses, and my preference is the jalapeno. It has a nice kick and was very cheesy. The fries are fresh cut-which is always a plus. I also appreciate that the house salad is a bit unique for a typical house salad as it is topped with feta, pecans, and dried cherries. The beer list is always solid too!
  4. I was blown away by the quality of the food and the pricing for such good quality! We started with ham and cheese empanadas-the crust was nice and flaky, the ham was plentiful, and the cheese was so flavorful. Two come per order. They also give you bread on the house to start which is nice. The Lechon Asada was delicious! The pork was so tender and juicy! I loved the pile of carmelized onions on top. The fried plantains here are to die for! My dining partner raved about his meal too! There is usually a line but if you have only two people, it moves quickly. I will def. be back to try their cubano!
  5. Meridian Pint is a haven for craft beer and the food is tasty too. I've eaten both inside the restaurant and on their lovely patio. If available, go for the patio obviously. The taps rotate frequently and always offer new surprises. As for food, carnivores and vegetarians unite-there is surely something for everyone here with all options clearly marked. I've had the pulled pork-very tender and tasty-and the lamb shish kabob sandwich-pita was fresh, lamb was tender, plenty of tzatziki and feta too. I've been meaning to return for brunch so hopefully that will be soon.
  6. Ordering the spicy lemongrass pho is a must here! I said half spice and I thought that was hot enough for me. My boyfriend ordered it full spice and regretted it, unfortunately, later. Service here was somewhat off-putting but you come here for the food so just take it in stride. I wish I could order differently but I always get the lemongrass pho, because it's so unique, each and every time.
  7. The draft list here is amazing! I recommend the poutine or the french onion soup burger. I really dig the chill, unpretentious atmosphere. Be sure to check out the upstairs outdoor space on a nice night!
  8. I ate at Floriana for RW this past winter and it was delicious! The muscovy duck breast was phenomenal, the burrata app was very tasty, and even the beet salad was on point! I love the cozy atmosphere in this converted house. Service was excellent throughout our dinner as well. The wine list is very nicely curated. I'd recommend Floriana for date night, but do make a reservation if going on the weekends as the spacing is tight.
  9. I echo the sentiments of the beef brisket-the horseradish and gouda are the perfect toppings for this very tender meat. My dining partner had, essentially, the meat ball sandwich and loved it too! I wish they had hours more conducive though to someone who is not often in this area during their operating hours.
  10. Pho Viet in Columbia Heights is excellent as is Pho 14 also in Columbia Heights
  11. Taylor Gourmet is leaps and bounds above most chain sandwich shops. Get one of the seasonal sandwiches. I recommend the memphis raines-it has a nice kick mellowed out by citrus slaw.
  12. I visited here for Valentine's Day and it was fabulous! The duck was perfectly prepared. Service was mediocre though and it was really crowded, like sitting on top of each other crowded. I'd love to go back though.
  13. I LOVE Cava as a fresh, quick option for a workday lunch! I always order in advance to avoid the massive line. I always get a salad bowl with eggplant&red pepper, roasted red pepper hummus & tzatziki as the dips, chicken as the protein, diced cucumbers, tomato and onion salad, and kalamata olives and both the yogurt dill and sriracha greek yogurt. it's always a filling, healthy lunch and staff is always friendly.
  14. The Arboretum is a great place to show visitors. Rock Creek Park is a good idea as well. I'd even suggest taking a daytrip to Loudoun county for the wineries!
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