the guide February 7, 2014
by metro, explore what the districtâ€™s food scene has to offer
meals by metro
on't let M Street be your go-to location for dining out. With the Metro available to take you anywhere from Virginia Square to Columbia Heights, go explore the city and partake in the variety of restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Visit thehoya.com for additional restaurant recommendations.
inside the issue
Emma Hinchliffe, Editor-in-Chief Kim Bussing, Guide Editor
TM Gibbons-Neff, Executive Editor
Sheena Karkal, Managing Editor
Robert DePaolo, Copy Chief Ian Tice, Layout Editor Alexander Brown, Photography Editor
Contributing Writers and Photographers: Chris Bien, Allison Cannella, Caitlin DeSantis, Charlotte Glasser, Rebecca Goldberg, Emma Gross, Julia Hennrikus, Allison Hillsbery, Olivia Hewitt, Yiwen Hu, Nicole Jarvis, Alicia Kaneb, Jess Kelham-Hohler, Jacqueline Kimmel, Sofia Layanto, Charlie Lowe, Julia McCrimlisk, Remy Samuels, Kristen Skillman, Daniel Smith, Claire Soisson, Natasha Thomson, Emily Troisi, Michelle Xu
Allison Hillsbery, Deputy Guide Editor Jess Kelham-Hohler, Deputy Guide Editor Lindsay Leasor, Deputy Guide Editor Julia Hennrikus, Deputy Photography Editor Daniel Smith, Deputy Photography Editor Michelle Xu, Deputy Photography Editor Jackie McCadden, Deputy Copy Editor Zack Saravey, Deputy Copy Editor Sharanya Sriram, Deputy Copy Editor
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Front Cover Photo: Station 4 | Michelle Xu Back Cover Photo: Sushiko | Sofia Layanto
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Eastern Market Waterfront Mount Vernon Square Columbia Heights Recipes Woodley Park Gallery Place Tenleytown-AU Virginia Square-GMU Rosslyn Crystal CIty D.C. Bartenders
eastern market blue & orange Lines Eastern Market is D.C.’s original food and arts market and a traditional home to some of the most inspired cuisine in the area. From cool coffeehouses to charming bistros, Eastern Market is bursting with a wide variety of destinations where Hoyas can take a break from their market hunting. While every spot shares a commitment to fresh, quality ingredients, each has its own unique character.
The chesapeake room 501 Eighth St. SE 0.1 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$
Montmartre 327 Seventh St. SE 0.1 miles from Metro stop French | $$$$
As an elegant and upscale American restaurant, The Chesapeake Room succeeds in providing a comfortable atmosphere with tasteful, turn-of-the-century decor. Located on Barracks Row, it prides itself on its ability to provide sustainable, organic and free-range foods from local farms and regional waters. During the warmer months, patio seating makes for an ideal people-watching perch, and in the winter, the covered patio is made cozy by outdoor heaters and plush armchairs. The brunch menu features a number of classic dishes with unique flourishes. The fluffy French toast is improved with a berry compote while the Maryland crabcake eggs Benedict is served over a fried green tomato ($12). The seasonally driven cuisine is reflected best in the dinner options. In accordance with its East Coast theme, The Chesapeake Room is best known for its selection of fresh seafood. As a starter, try the crispy calamari from Point Judith, R.I., which is lightly fried and served with an excellent garlic aioli ($10). As an entree, the shrimp and grits is a unique combination of familiar ingredients, featuring Carolina shrimp, andouille sausage, roasted tomatoes and scallions, all in a lobster cream sauce ($22). Similarly, the pan-seared scallops served abed light risotto and a delightful blend of mushrooms and English peas with a caper beurre blanc ($25) satisfy with a flourishing twist of flavors. Other delicious options include free-range steaks ($22 to $32) and a bison burger served with Virginia cheddar and garlic aioli ($13).
Montmartre is a lively bistro that offers an impressive selection of dishes prepared as classic French cuisine. With rustic wooden beams and colorful walls, the atmosphere is both charming and inviting. It’s no secret that Montmartre is noted for its weekend brunch. At 11 a.m. on a Sunday, it’s possible that a line will have already formed at the door. Despite this, the friendly wait staff will consistently provide prompt service that is calm and welcoming. With a brunch menu featuring dishes like a Nutella crepe with berries, a croque monsieur and an omelet Florentine (each $11.95), choosing just one is a difficult task. The Lorraine omelet ($10.95), a hearty combination of bacon, ham, caramelized onions, spinach and Swiss cheese, is another excellent option. So go early and go hungry: The dishes are filling and immensely satisfying. Dinner options showcase flavorful French favorites such as beef tartare with bruleed creme and escargot in garlic butter. Entrees are a bit pricey ($19 to $26), but they offer a range of bold creations such as the calf’s liver with a potato puree ($19). For those over 21, Montmartre provides a varied list of Belgian beers, French wines and after-dinner drinks.
seventh hill pizza
327 Seventh St. SE 0.1 miles from Metro stop American/Italian | $$$$ As soon as you walk into Seventh Hill Pizza, you know that you are in for a good deal. The sleek bar and tables set with tiny yellow plastic chairs give the whole place an impressively cool atmosphere. At Seventh Hill, traditional Italian meets modern, young American — and it works. The 8-inch Seventh Street pizza and the 8-inch Pennsylvania Ave. pizza (both $10.95) are unique choices. The Seventh Street has just the right amount of prosciutto and red pepper, while the Pennsylvania Ave. is equally tempting, drizzled with bright green pesto and olives. These pizzas are perfectly flavored and not overly salty, a common mistake made by local pizza places. Seventh Hill Pizza has also gained a loyal following for its sandwiches ($7.50) which are just as flavorful as its pizzas. The Nutella calzone ($6.50) is also definitely worth a try if you have any room for dessert. The food is impressive, and the restaurant has a pleasantly laid back and happy vibe to it.
660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 0.1 miles from Metro stop Coffee and tea | $$$$ At Peregrine Espresso, coffee is a serious business. The menu, though limited, contains offerings that are bursting with flavor. With mellow music playing in the background, this is the perfect place to recuperate from a stressful week. The care put into brewing coffee here, however, is the true heart of this cafe. It regularly updates the type of coffee beans that are used and has a different seasonal macrobrew, all of which are available to purchase by the bag. This season’s macrobrew is from Peru, and it makes a morning filter-drip coffee ($2.50) that is strong, dark and absolutely delicious. The latte ($4) is similarly impressive, with a lighter, spicier flavor. Aside from the coffee, Peregrine Espresso offers a wide variety of teas as well as a delicious selection of dark chocolates and pastries that vary daily. It has all that you would want from a coffee shop, but everything is done with just a little bit more care than you’re used to.
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waterfront Green Line Recently renovated to be a D.C. destination, the Waterfront in the southwest quadrant is far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the center of the city. Close to Fort McNair, a United States Army post, the area is home to theaters and a variety of restaurants. Breathtaking views of the Potomac provide the perfect atmosphere when you just need to get away from campus or are looking for a new way to spend date night.
jenny’s asian fusion 1000 Water St. SW 0.6 miles from Metro stop Asian Fusion | $$$$
1101 Sixth St. SW 0.2 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$
To enjoy a different view of the Potomac from your dining table, try Jenny’s Asian Fusion. While the unassuming exterior may be discouraging, the expansive interior and delicious food will make up for it. Jenny’s offers most of the traditional Chinese meals you would expect, in addition to lesser-known appetizers such as cream cheese wontons ($4.50). The dough is thick and cooked to a perfect salty crunch, which complements the savory cream cheese filling. While Chinese food influences the main style of cooking, Jenny’s creates an abundance of Thai noodle dishes that any Asian food fan will enjoy, such as pad thai and drunken noodles (both $11.95). However, for a dish that is the perfect combination of spicy, sweet and savory, try the phoenix and dragon ($22.95). Featuring half a plate of shrimp marinated in a sweet and spicy chili sauce, the other half of the entree is filled with a buttery chicken and vegetable medley. Whether you’re an adventurous eater looking to try a new flavorful combination or you’re just looking for some reliable Chinese classics, Jenny’s Asian Fusion is certain to satisfy your cravings.
station 4 1101 Fourth St. SW 0.1 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$
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catwalk cafe Few Georgetown students are familiar with the Arena Stage located just down the street from the Waterfront Metro stop. This center for theater offers an excellent opportunity to see a show and have a light, environmentally friendly meal at the Catwalk Café, the Arena Stage’s in-house eatery. The cafe’s menu describes its philosophy as “dramatic cuisine, inspired views, environmentally friendly.” All plates, utensils, cups and packaging used by the cafe are made from renewable resources and are 100 percent compostable. Almost every item on the Catwalk Café’s menu includes some kind of fruit or vegetable, such as its Asian salad ($8 side, $12 entree) and roasted vegetable panini ($12). The Asian salad is laden with wonton chips, mint sweet corn, red bell peppers and carrots. The combination of fresh ingredients creates a crisp and refreshing finish, especially when topped with the cafe’s zesty Thai dressing. However, what stands out is the vegetable panini, which is perfectly firm on the outside but retains a soft, doughy inside. The vegetables — tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and eggplant — are crunchy and a little salty, which compliments the sweetness of the garlic aioli. Factor in the melted Swiss cheese that envelops each of these ingredients, and you have a healthy, light sandwich that won’t make you feel guilty after eating it. Another draw to the Catwalk Café is its dining space: The glass walls that make up the performing arts center allow natural light to filter in and provide a lovely window to the Waterfront.
Just a few seconds away from the Metro station is Station 4, a restaurant that promises “Modern American Cuisine,” and it certainly delivers. Station 4’s intricate and inviting dining space is ideal for all occassions, whether you’re grabbing a drink and light dinner at the bar with a few friends or sitting down for a warm, comfortable brunch with a large group. If you’re interested in brunch, try one of Station 4’s signature eggs Benedict dishes ($14-15). The eggs Chesapeake features two poached eggs atop English muffins, finished off with crabmeat and sauteed spinach coated with the restaurant’s house hollandaise. The eggs and hollandaise sauce are both creamy, while the fresh crabmeat provides a contrasting crunch to their texture and the softness of the muffin. The brunch menu also boasts signature American favorites such as pancakes ($14) and omelets ($13), as well as a Nutella croissant ($10). Station 4 is a great nighttime dining option as well, as it has a dinner menu stocked with modern twists on traditional American cooking. Start with the barbecue pit ham macaroni and cheese ($14), which offers a nice smoky taste to the traditionally savory and buttery dish. From there, choose from one of Station 4’s many takes on chicken, steak, fish or pasta. For something truly delicious, try the Station 4 pizza: a pie topped with tomato salsa, pork belly, bleu cheese, caramelized onions, baby arugula and a drizzle of figbalsamic reduction ($15).
mount vernon square Green & Yellow Lines Mount Vernon Square, one of D.C.’s historical neighborhoods, is named for the park containing the Carnegie Library. Only two blocks from Chinatown and seven from the White House, this Metro stop may be the perfect starting point for an adventure in Northwest D.C. — and a great spot to grab a bite.
baby wale 1124 Ninth St. NW 0.2 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$ A restaurant catering to those seeking a drink, Baby Wale offers a drink menu extensively longer than its one-page food menu. But the latter still packs a punch. The crispy, Filipino-style spring rolls ($8) make for a great meal, accompanied by a sweet orange dipping sauce. Served with fresh tomato slices instead of the traditional red sauce, the capicola pizza ($12) is topped off with slices of capicola ham. The mushroom fettuccine ($18) is made with a thinner sauce akin to Alfredo and garnished with small mushroom slices. Although the food is excellent, Baby Wale has far more to offer as a bar with a relaxed atmosphere, and it is ideal for casual drinks with friends.
bolt burgers 1010 Massachusetts Ave. NW 0.2 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$ As you walk into Bolt Burgers, you are instantly greeted by a friendly worker who assists you in the unusual process of ordering: You are assigned a number at your seat, and once given that number, you can either give your order to the waitress or self-order with a credit card on the touch screens placed throughout the restaurant. The menu is what you’d expect from a burger restaurant: a create-your-own-burger section, specialty burgers, salads, drinks, smoothies and dessert. The create-your-ownburger option ($6.99) is the best way to experience the food for which the restaurant is named. With a choice of Angus beef, chicken breast, turkey or black bean, the Angus is a classic choice. It’s complemented well by onion, lettuce, tomato and “killer ketchup,” a unique twist on the original with a spicy barbecue taste. You also have the option to choose which spices to include in the meat’s seasoning, which few restaurants offer — and it makes all the difference. The french fries ($3.50) also stand out, crispy and sprinkled with a blend of fresh ground pepper and sea salt.
columbia heights Green & Yellow Lines Also located in the Northwest quadrant of the District, Columbia Heights is considered to be D.C.’s most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood. Take a trip to one of the its main attractions — a 546,000 square-foot retail complex — and after shopping you’ll have no shortage of quality eatery’s available to choose from.
pete’s new haven style apizza 1400 Irving St. NW 0.1 miles from Metro stop American/Italian | $$$$ Located above the Columbia Heights Metro stop entrance, Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza is the perfect place to visit when you’re on the go. The atmosphere is fast-paced and efficient, entirely matching its beer-and-pizza-joint agenda. There’s a rotation of six different pizzas sold by the slice ($2.75-$3.50 each), for those who want to eat and run; slices are ready within three minutes of ordering. If you’d like to linger, there’s the full menu for customized and specialty pizzas, including one with a gluten-free crust ($14) or the vegan cheese pizza ($16). Pete’s has plenty of tables with open seating, and those who stay may choose to indulge in the variety of gelato and custard desserts or tap beers that Pete’s offers in addition to its traditional but tasty Italian comfort food. Do not be mistaken: This is no greasy, low-standard pizza shop. The chefs here come from fine dining restaurants and put great effort into selecting their ingredients and food sources. The proof is in the pizza.
the coupe 3415 11th St. NW 0.4 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$ On a Sunday morning, The Coupe is bustling with happy brunch-goers. The bottomless house blend coffee ($2.05) jump-starts the meal. Aside from the decadent hot beverages, The Coupe also offers a wide variety of cocktails for lunches and dinners. This includes the baller ($8.18), a delicious combination of gin, lime and honeydew. However, it’s the brunch that draws the crowds. The baked eggs and sausage skillet ($10.25) are delicious without being too heavy. Other brunch favorites include the stuffed crepes with citrus mousse and dark chocolate ($9) and the breakfast burritos ($10.25). Above all, make sure to order the banana beignets with creme anglaise ($6), for which the restaurant is known.
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gallery place RED, Green & Yellow Lines Gallery Place is most popular with Georgetown students as the destination for shopping, movie trips and crazy nights at Verizon Center. Within walking distance from most of D.C.’s most popular attractions, the Chinatown area tends to be buzzing every weekend.
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722 Seventh St. NW 0.2 miles from Metro stop Spanish | $$$$ It doesn’t get much better than $4 tapas at La Tasca. During happy hour, recently called the “Best Happy Hour in D.C.” by Washingtonian Magazine, there are 16 different tapas to try. The daily happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and also features an extensive sangria and wine selection. The main menu features a wider variety of dishes that run from $8 to $12 a plate. The beautifully designed dishes appeal to almost every palate, as the flavor combinations are interesting but not so strange as to be unappealing. What makes the tapas even more fun is the restaurant’s atmosphere; La Tasca feels like an old-time pub in the countryside of Spain and it buzzes with an eclectic combination of visitors.
929 F St. NW 0.5 miles from Metro stop Modern American | $$$$ The desserts at Co Co Sala are almost too beautiful to eat. The curved white plates provide the canvases for the swirls of chocolate sauce and the dash of powdered sugar that adorns the desserts. The array of dessert options — although the costs are a little daunting — is truly satisfying. The sticky situation ($12), a warm, sticky toffee pudding cake, and the flaming baked Alaska for two ($20) are a couple of standouts. Pair one of its creative cocktails with your dessert as well. The coquettishly named fetish ($13), a concoction of fresh strawberries, chocolate-infused vodka and strawberry foam, is a great choice. The jazz music and the dim lighting create an ambiance conducive to a romantic date or fun night out on the town.
tenleytown-au RED Line With an eclectic mix of shops and unusual businesses that surround American University, Tenleytown is one of the more interesting places to visit in D.C. It’s a friendly, fun and laid-back neighborhood that is well worth a visit as one of D.C.’s most trendy shop and cafe areas.
cafÉ olÉ 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW 0.5 miles from Metro stop Mediterranean | $$$$ A 10-minute jaunt from the Tenleytown Metro stop is the upscale Mediterranean bistro Café Olé. The restaurant is known for its mezze-style menu, which offers smaller plates similar to tapas. Fresh, quality ingredients are the order of the day here, and they are turned by the capable hands of quality chefs into regional specialties from Italy, Morocco, Spain and more. For an appetizer, begin with the baba ghanouj ($6). This traditional Lebanese eggplant dip is accompanied by massive, delicately seasoned pita chips that perfectly balance all the textures and flavors. To experience the best of the menu, try the hot sampler ($14), comprised of four miniature portions of larger dishes from the menu: z provencal, tomato and chicken stew; lamb tagine, Moroccan lamb stew served over Israeli couscous; Lebanese celebration, grilled marinated chicken served with hummus over bulgur wheat; and daube de boeuf, a French braised beef dish. The number of flavors packed into each tiny, beautifully presented dish is incredible. As for the desserts, any sweet treat is phenomenal. A meal at Café Olé is well worth the money and will not fail to impress.
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angelico pizzeria & cafe 4529 Wisconsin Ave. NW 0.1 miles from Metro stop Italian | $$$$ This local Italian eatery near American University is committed to offering a variety of affordable options made with fresh ingredients. The Angelico’s special pizza ($11.99) is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, caramelized onions and roasted peppers. The flavors are excellent, and all of the ingredients go perfectly hand-in-hand.The restaurant also offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, appetizers and wraps. Try the roasted lamb roll ($10.99), a lavash bread stuffed with a Mediterranean mix of roasted lamb, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, feta cheese and yogurt sauce. Angelico’s pasta and calzones are another must, especially the baked fusilli ($9.25) and peppery portobello mushroom pasta ($9.99).
a taste of france While studying abroad in France, I unsurprisingly spent a lot of time thinking about food. Sometimes I was trying to figure out ways I’d be able to bring some of my new French favorites home with me, and at other times I was trying to adapt my American favorites to share with my host family. This meal brings together the best of both worlds, and it’s the perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday night in with friends. Recipes by Remy Samuels. Photos by Chris Bien
appetizer: french country bread
side dish: french vinaigrette salad
In France, a meal is simply not a meal without bread. This rustic white loaf is simple to make at home and can be eaten as an appetizer with an assortment of cheeses. When picking cheeses, look for a variety of textures and flavors: something firm, like cheddar; something creamy, like Brie; and something with “oomph,” like a goat cheese or a blue cheese. Ingredients 1 cup warm water (95-110 F) 1 1/4 tsp. (1/2 packet) active dry yeast
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2 3/4 cup (12.4 oz.) all-purpose flour 2 tsp. salt
In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.
Add salt and flour, about 1 cup at a time, mixing until well combined.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface, press to deflate, then shape into a round loaf. Allow to rise for another 45 minutes. About 20 minutes before you intend to bake the loaves, preheat oven to 425 F. Immediately before baking, sprinkle loaf with flour and slash the letter “x” into the top with a very sharp knife. Bake the loaf at 425 F for 20 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 375 F and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes. The bread is ready when it has an internal temperature of 220 F, or it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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A ch st a d At every French restaurant I ate at while abroad, this is the dressing that was served on each side salad. With the sharpness of the mustard and the crispness of the lettuce, it’s the perfect counterpoint to a rich main course. A traditional French side salad is composed solely of lettuce, but feel free to get creative with additional toppings — tomatoes and goat cheese would pair particularly well with the mustard in the dressing. Ingredients 1 head of lettuce 1/4 tsp. sea salt 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
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1 shallot, minced 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 6 to 8 tbsp. olive oil
Mix salt, vinegar and minced shallot and let sit for 10 minutes. Add mustard and smaller amount of olive oil and mix well. Adjust to taste. Toss with salad immediately before serving.
Adapted from David Lebovitz
Ingredients 2.5 lbs. potatoes 1/2 lb. thick bacon, cut into 1 onion, sliced thinly
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dessert: Dark Chocolate-Salted Caramel Layer Cake My mission for this cake was to create a classic American layer cake that my French host family would enjoy. The French in general have much less of a sweet tooth than Americans, meaning sugary icing is a no-go. Instead, I filled an airy cake with salted caramel and iced it with a simple dark chocolate buttercream. For a taller, more festive cake, double the cake layer recipe and bake two layers in separate pans. You may end up with extra caramel — store it in the fridge and eat it drizzled over absolutely anything (or just with a spoon). Ingredients: For the cake layers: 1 1/8 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 3/8 cup cold water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 1/2 egg yolks 4 egg whites Dash of lemon juice (optional)
A classic winter dish from the Savoy region of France, Tartiflette is made from bacon, potatoes and heese — all of the most important food groups. Traditionally, reblochon, a creamy, rich and very tinky cheese that’s actually illegal in the United States, is used since it’s made with raw milk. Brie and Camembert are good substitutes but something sharp like Gruyere could be a different but also delicious alternative.
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Slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/4 inch thick, then arrange half of them on the bottom of the baking dish. Spoon 1/2 of the onion and bacon mixture over the potatoes, then arrange 1/2 of the sliced cheese in a layer on top. Spoon the rest of the onion and bacon mixture over the cheese, then arrange the rest of the potatoes on top. Top with another layer of the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbling.
Adapted from Anthony Bourdain
For the salted caramel filling: 1 cup sugar 3 oz. butter 1 tsp. sea salt 1/2 cup heavy cream For the icing: 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped 1 stick butter
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line the bottom of one 9-inch cake pan with a piece of buttered parchment paper, but leave it otherwise ungreased.
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Combine flour, salt, baking powder and 1/2 cup of sugar in a large bowl.
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Add the butter all at once and stir until melted, then turn off the heat and pour in the heavy cream, stirring until smooth.
Spread a generous layer of caramel over the bottom layer, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges to prevent it from oozing out the sides once assembled. Place the 2nd cake layer on top.
In another bowl, beat together egg yolks, oil, water and vanilla, then stir into the flour mixture. In another large bowl, beat egg whites and dash of lemon juice, until soft peaks form. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff. Stir 1/4 of the beaten egg whites into the batter to lighten it, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 1 hour. While the cake cools, prepare the caramel filling. Melt the sugar in a large pot, stirring just enough to ensure it melts evenly. Cook until it is a dark amber color.
Pour the caramel into a glass bowl or jar and set aside until needed. Once the cake is completely cool, turn out onto a plate and remove the parchment paper. With a large serrated knife, carefully cut the cake in half horizontally, forming 2 thin layers.
To make the icing, melt together chocolate and butter over a pot of simmering water or in the microwave. Let cool to spreadable consistency, or stir continuously over a bowl of ice water to speed up the process. Ice cake immediately, as it will continue to harden.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Julia Child
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WOODLEY PARK RED Line This stop will drop you off near Adams Morgan, which is well-known for its nightlife and bar scene. However, the area features everything from decadent bakeries to rowdy bars to authentic Indian eateries. Whether you’re stopping by one of the vibrant street fairs or taking part in the thriving club culture, the neighborhood is delightfully eccentric, and the food reflects it. Home to an eclectic fusion of global influences, Adams Morgan is a spot you can’t afford to miss.
Sugar daddy’s bakery 2006 18th St. NW 1 mile from Metro stop Bakery | $$$$ There is a new bakery in town, and everyone should take note. Sugar Daddy’s Bakery opened its doors this past month to glowing reviews. The two-story bakery has a homey feel and a far more diverse menu than you’ll find at many other venues scattered throughout D.C. A cozy seating area is complete with tables, chairs, an overstuffed couch and armchairs — although the bakery is perhaps a bit far, it still makes for the perfect study spot if Saxbys is too packed. Make sure to order one of its oversized slices of red velvet cake ($5), which features three moist tiers of homemade cake sandwiched together with thick layers of sweet cream cheese frosting. For something lighter, the bakery also offers a myriad of cupcakes for $2.50 each. Highlights include the strawberry cupcake, a light, spongy shortcake with diced strawberries, and the double chocolate, a rich chocolate cake coated in chocolate buttercream frosting. The bakery also offers a variety of other pastries and drinks, as well as monthly specials.
smoke and barrel 2471 18th St. NW 0.6 miles from Metro stop American | $$$$ An upbeat, noisy atmosphere makes Smoke and Barrel a fun stop for dinner or a night out on the town. If you’re looking for a quick bite at the bar or an appetizer, Smoke and Barrel offers all the comfort food staples from queso and calamari to nachos and wings. For a main meal, the restaurant serves all the Southern classics, including pulled pork, brisket, ribs and smoked sausage ($11.95 to $26.95), with sides of jalepeno-cheddar grits, coleslaw, baked beans, fries and collard greens ($2.95 each). Make sure to save space, though, because the desserts are a necessary indulgence. Whether you go for the double chocolate cheesecake ($7.95) or the sweet potato donuts ($6.95) — donut holes rolled in praline-pecan honey butter and cinnamon sugar — the dessert truly makes the meal. The bar also boasts an impressive collection of draft and craft beers, as well as an extensive whiskey menu. Even if barbecue isn’t your favorite, the atmosphere and service make the trip well worth it.
hans pedr’ kaffe 1781 Florida Ave. NW 1.1 miles from Metro stop Belgian | $$$$ This small chocolate shop, tucked away in Adams Morgan, offers delectable Belgian fare for those lucky enough to snag one of its six tables. In addition to serving brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert in the cafe portion of the actual shop, the tables face a series of mouth-watering truffles and Belgian pastries. While the cafe can be a bit challenging to find — the shop recently changed ownership and is still awaiting the arrival of a new sign for the door — it is well-worth the journey whether you go for just a delicious meal or to satisfy a chocolate craving. Despite its small size, Hans Pedr’ Kaffe offers an extensive brunch menu including sweet and savory waffles (for around $10), a “waffle burger,” eggs, paninis and pastries. Although unusual, a must-try is the savory waffle topped with richly flavored pesto eggs. For a more traditional dish, order one of the types of quiches, which include broccoli, mushroom and a three cheese variety. Although the food is delicious, the highlight of the meal is the drinks. The caramel hot chocolate is superb and tastes like a candybar, while the dark chocolate latte is rich without being overpoweringly sweet.
himalayan heritage 2305 18th St. NW 0.8 miles from Metro stop South Asian | $$$$ If you want to visit Nepal, India or Tibet without the long flight, head up to Himalayan Heritage. It’s hard to miss, with the facade of a Tibetan temple on the front of the restaurant. And even though the elaborate decor is noteworthy, it doesn’t hold a candle to the food. Himalayan Heritage serves up all the crowd favorites from India, Nepal and Tibet. Every table starts off with a delicious plate of cracked rice and edamame tossed in a hot chili sauce. For an appetizer, the garlic naan ($3.95) is an absolute must. The golden flatbread emerges still warm from the oven with crushed garlic sprinkled overtop and baked into the dough. To go the classic Indian route with the entrees, order vegetable samosas ($4.25), chicken tikka masala ($14.95) and butter chicken ($14.95). Balance out the meal with a mixture of fresh cauliflower, asparagus and potatoes, pan-fried in regional spices for extra flavor ($11.95).
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virginia square-GMU orange Line Virginia Square, a neighborhood in Arlington, Va., is home to the Arlington Arts Center, which presents contemporary works from upcoming artists and cutting-edge installation pieces. The area offers an exciting new place for Hoyas to venture beyond the District in addition to some landmark restaurant destinations such as El Pollo Rico, open since 1988.
el pollo rico
1000 N Randolph St., Arlington, Va. 0.3 miles from Metro stop Russian | $$$$ Rus Uz, located in Arlington, Va., specializes in authentic cuisine from Russia and Uzbekistan. The menu includes the typical cabbage rolls, chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff; however, there is also an impressive array of less familiar foods that are definitely worth trying. The pelmeni dumplings ($10), with minced meat filling and wrapped in thin dough, are delicious, as is the samsa appetizer ($2.50), a baked puff pastry pie stuffed with minced lamb, and the shashlik ($3.50), a marinated kebab of beef, veal, chicken, mutton and fish. For something more unfamiliar, opt for the under a fur coat ($8), made with herring fillets, vegetables and eggs. If you’re looking to try a new and unfamiliar type of cuisine, this may be your place.
929 N Kenmore St., Arlington, Va. 0.5 miles from Metro stop Peruvian | $$$$ Every food lover needs to go to El Pollo Rico. Although it’s located in a sketchy building and has a pretty basic menu, its Peruvianstyle roasted chicken is D.C.’s hidden secret. One serving accompanied by fries, rice and a drink is evidence enough that this is the best chicken you’ll ever have. We don’t know what the restaurant does to it, but it must involve some form of witchcraft. What makes this place even better? It’s cheap. An entire meal will cost about $7, so including the cost of the Metro ride to get there, the meal equates to an overpriced Sweetgreen salad and is 10 times as delicious. Its website domain is welovethischicken.com.
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blue & Yellow Lines
Rosslyn is a familiar area for most Georgetown students, but many might not know the delicious treasures hidden between its skyscrapers and beyond the GUTS bus stop.
Crystal City is a unique stop on the Metro because a large part of its urban area is underground. Aside from the dramatic views of D.C., the shopping and dining options are worth a visit.
choupi 1218 19th St. N, Arlington, Va. 0.3 miles from Metro stop French | $$$$ Don’t let Choupi deceive you. Although it’s a food cart that is only open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, it is a must-visit for all crepe lovers. Every plain crepe is $3.50, and each topping, be it meat, veggies or nuts, adds an extra $0.50. For a unique crepe, order one with mushroom, turkey and four cheeses. As the chef prepares each order, it’s impossible not to notice that he makes every flip and fold with great care, almost treating the thin sheet as a piece of art. The richness of the cheese, the unique taste of the mushrooms and the tenderness of the turkey perfectly complement the sweetness of the crepe itself. With crispy edges, the crepe has a slightly crunchy texture and an impeccably harmonious blend of flavors. For those with a sweet tooth, indulge in the Nutella and brownie crepe, heavenly for chocolate lovers, or the peanut butter and banana crepe, which will no doubt satiate the peanut butter lovers’ cravings. Choupi doesn’t bother with complicated fillings, but it is its very simplicity that speaks to its authenticity.
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king street blues 1648 Crystal Square Arcade, Arlington, Va. 0.1 miles from Metro stop American Classic | $$$$ King Street Blues, in the Crystal City Arcade, is a great place to get some Southern, Louisianainspired grub. Go with a group of friends so that you can try all the different flavors that King Street Blues has to offer. A great start to the meal is an appetizer consisting of hush puppies ($4.99) and nachos ($8.99). The restaurant has traditional home favorites including country fried steak ($14.49), gumbo ($14.49) and po’ boys ($9.99). It even has some options for the health-conscious crowd too, such as a delicious grilled margarita chicken ($13.99). The country fried steak ($14.49) is pounded paper thin and breaded to crisp perfection, the gumbo is full of a variety of good seafood, vegetables and sauce ($14.49) and the flavor of the margarita rub on the chicken is to die for. Add all this scrumptious cuisine to an adorable store front and you just can’t go wrong.
Behind THE BAR BORIS VIKTOROVICH
As a recent college graduate, Boris Viktorovich is making his mark on the D.C. bar scene. Working at hot spots such as Bandolero in Georgetown and Range in Friendship Heights, Viktorovich has developed his own approach to craft cocktails. Now seen behind the counter at Mike Isabella’s 14th Street restaurant, Kapnos, Viktorovich is again creating modern and innovative cocktails.
Founding member and President of the D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild Owen Thompson has been a key influence on the capital’s cocktail culture. Working with renowned chefs José Andres and Bryan Voltaggio, Thompson creates unique cocktails featuring uncommon ingredients such as kimchee broth, veal stock and real pig’s blood. Now the D.C. native is beverage director of Bar Pilar.
How would you describe the bar scene at Kapnos? It’s more of a late night crowd with a lot of couples near the 25 to 35-year-old range. People come here especially for the cocktails. In terms of the scene, we kind of filter through because we are on W and 14th. So fewer people head north from R Street, and so we don’t always get the same scene that 14th Street is known for.
What is the D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild? It started in 2008. It’s a way to keep us involved as a community. We share information and do a couple of big events and have monthly meetings. It’s a way for us to stay together.
What is your favorite drink on the menu? Prince of Persia made with scotch and papaya shrub. It has a light, sweet tanginess. Another popular one is the Hollywood, which is similar to a Manhattan with savory and sweet notes. What is your favorite “drunk food” spot in D.C.? Daikaya at Gallery Place Chinatown. I love soup! What neighborhoods do you tend to hang out in? I tend to stick around here because it’s easy for me to leave work and grab a drink at Bar Pilar. How would you make jungle juice?
Everclear, some whiskey, grape juice, a little lemon, some apple. If you want a little spice, you can make a serrano chilicinnamon syrup. How would you describe D.C. bar culture? Definitely expanding. People are getting a lot more knowledgeable in terms of cocktails and spirits. The cocktail culture has really evolved since a lot of bars are doing their own craft drinks — which is nice but it can cause a little confusion because people can forget how to really make the classics along the way. It’s expanding, and it’s growing, but it can get lost along the way. Since you’re a recent college grad, where would you recommend that juniors and seniors go to if they’re looking for something a little different? This whole quarter is great, especially for happy hour. Le Diplomat is a new place that has a good culture and great charcuterie. What is your favorite drink of the moment? The sazerack: It’s rye whiskey, bitters, a little simple syrup and absinthe, so it has a little bit of licorice flavor.
How would you describe the culture of Bar Pilar? It’s really a neighborhood place. You can come here to have a full dinner, or have a few drinks and it also has the rowdy late night aspect. You can come really for whatever and whenever. It tends to be one of the places that’s still busy during the week with people who live around here. Friday and Saturdays are a little different because we get people from all over the area, since U Street and 14th Street have become the place to hang out at. What is the age range at Bar Pilar? It tends to be mid- to late 20s, maybe early 30s. What is your favorite drink on the menu? We have specialty cocktails and I just came out with a new cocktail menu. But my favorite drinks are always the classics, like old fashions. What’s your favorite “drunk food” place in D.C.? D.C. doesn’t have a ton of really good late night food options. I live near H Street and the guys at Boundery Road have a late night
menu that I usually hit up. What neighborhood do you like hanging out in? I really like the Bloomingdale area, even though there isn’t a ton of stuff, just Boundary Stone, The Red Hen, Showtime. Enough to keep me entertained. What are your suggestions for a good jungle juice recipe? At my first bartending job I ever had, my boss told me to just make it the right color and people would like it. How would you describe D.C. bar culture? And how has it changed over the years? I grew up here in D.C., but what has gone on in D.C. in the bar and restaurant scene has been pretty amazing. It’s changed from a place where most of the restaurants were utilitarian, like you had to have some steak house and such. Whereas now we have a lot of people putting out food and drink that are comparable to other big cities. Where is your favorite place to get a drink on U Street? I always hang out at the Black Cat because when I was in high school that was the only place that was down here. I used to hang out here before I worked here.
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