Old Ebbett’s Grill: After hours of wandering the monuments and no lunch we hit Old Ebbett’s Grill for a snack of crab cake sliders, cold clams casino and a Manhattan and Shirley temple. Decent Shirley Temple. Crab cakes had little crab flavor. Not recommended.
Timber Pizza, Petworth: After champagne and jazz in the park we walked over to Timber Pizza. Very good wood oven pizza, nice local saison from local brewer Hellbender nearby. Their empanadas were even better, especially the fruity/spicy pineapple and strawberry sauces they serve them with. So nice to be dining outside on a beautiful evening while getting reports of the cold fog blowing through San Francisco all weekend.
Eastern Market: Crab cakes with fried green tomato at Market Lunch. Great crab flavor, lots of crab without much filler. Also picked up some local cheeses from the monger there. Eastern Market is the original DC market and is showing its age. Not a ton of food options so we headed over to Union Market.
Union Market: Sleek new market (5-6 years old maybe?), highly curated selection of food vendors. On a tip we grabbed some great jerk chicken wings from the Soup Up vendor there. BBQ and pastries looked really good but was saving room for dinner.
Bad Saint: Arrived at 4:30 (they open at 5:30) Sunday night and managed to get in for the second seating at 7:30, so just had decent cocktails next door at Room 11 and daughter had a fancy mac n cheese. Bad Saint was great. Really intimate – just 24 seats and only 2 4 tops, all the rest is bar seating. Great friendly service. We had banana flower salad with coconut milk and longpepper, grilled prawns in crab fat and habanero, clams in chrysanthemum leaf/ginger broth and their version of adobo with chicken and pork belly. Everything was great, the clam broth was a drinkable elixir and the adobo was really delicate and complex. Prawns were boldly flavored. The banana flower salad was dense, almost meaty. Really unique place.
Tail up Goat: This place seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. Clean airy space and name give it a Caribbean beachy vibe but the food styles and portions are all over the map. We had salt cod fritters (really good), grilled rabbit sausage (good but tiny, about ¾ of a link) fried green tomato with straciattella di bufala and sort of preserved Myer lemon (breading on the tomato was like leather and the lemon was cut too large), seaweed sourdough with ciccioli and pickled fennel (good but giant slather of ciccioli so became boring after two bites, loved the pickled fennel), tagliatelle with tomato, pancetta, breadcrumbs (very good pasta but incongruous with the rest of the menu) and whole stuffed porgy with spicy bomba rice (good, but we were stuffed by this point). Nice interesting wine list.
Colada Shop: Excellent Cubano. Croquetas were good but not as good as the ones I had recently at Media Noche in SF. Guava and cheese pastela was a nice little finish.
Thanks for the tips. Love all the opportunities for Al fresco dining in D.C. that we don’t have in SF.