A scrumptious seafood salad at Tadich Grill in Washington, D.C.
This past week I went out to eat a lot. My wallet didn’t like it, but my tastebuds did.
Last Friday I tried another one of Jose Andres’s Penn Quarter eateries, China Chilcano. Generally, I don’t like his restaurants. They’re all about tapas (yes, I know he’s from Spain), which aren’t my favorite. However, he seems like a nice guy (I thoroughly enjoyed his Haiti special on PBS), so I still give him and his restaurants a chance from time to time. I’m very glad I did this time.
CC is an upscale Asian-Peruvian fusion restaurant, and I’m surprised how much I enjoyed it. The interior is stylish and fun without being intimidatingly so. The space invites lots of light. I can’t believe how great and flavorful the quinoa salad was. Yes, quinoa can taste good! Furthermore, the waitstaff answered our questions about the menu and overall treated us well.
I’ll definitely return soon because it’s $20 lunch special can’t be beat with an appetizer, main dish and dessert all included. Maybe I’ll sneak in a drink too next time!
Last Saturday was my friend’s birthday, so we celebrated in her neighborhood, Old Town Alexandria. We gathered that afternoon in Sonoma Cellar‘s outdoor patio in the back and enjoyed some rosé and a charcuterie and cheese plate because it’s never a good idea to drink without eating, haha.
I was surprised that this place wasn’t more busy on such a beautiful holiday weekend. Loved the stringed lights all around us, a simple yet cute touch. Best kept “secret” in Old Town, I think. (I put secret in quotes because maybe it’s only a secret to me.)
Lost Dog Cafe
After drinks at Sonoma Cellar, we chowed down on some pizza at Lost Dog Cafe, which is also in Old Town. I’ve only had Lost Dog delivered; I never visited the restaurant itself until now. As expected, it was good.
We all enjoyed individual pizzas; I had the seafood pizza, which was yummilicious. LDC also sells all the craft beer one could want to imbibe with their impeccable pies.
Very casual, family-friendly restaurant for those times you just want to chill with your peeps. Lost Dog’s pizza almost makes me forget how much I miss Chicago-style pizza. Almost.
As you probably know, last Sunday was Easter. I’m not religious, but holidays tend to be a good time to get people together. So a former co-worker (and current neighbor), her husband and I went over to our fave Peter Chang in Arlington. I tried something new (for me), the pan-fried salmon, while my friends enjoyed some chicken and tofu.
I don’t why I thought PC wouldn’t be busy on Easter, but it was. A host seated us immediately, but lots of kids were around. Nothing wrong with kids; it was just unexpected to see so many based on our past visits there. We still had a good time. It’s not a fancy schmancy restaurant (it’s in a strip mall, after all), but the food is high quality nonetheless. PC isn’t your typical, greasy fast-food Chinese food at all.
I had forgotten PC delivers through various third-party services, so maybe I’ll do that sometime. But then it wouldn’t feel like such a special treat, would it?
Not that notable, but we hit a nearby Dairy Queen for dessert afterwards. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve been there. Nothing like a chocolate-dipped cone to take me back to childhood!
Literally a block from my office, Washington’s Tadich Grill has storied roots in San Francisco, Calif. My co-worker had never been, so we went.
The menu can overwhelm with all its choices, but I always get a salad. They’re hearty salads; I never leave hungry. This time I had a mixed seafood “Louie” salad. (Louie refers to its special dressing.) She had the lobster roll and loved it.
The items here are pricey, so I don’t come here often. But TG has a great outdoor seating area in the front of the restaurant right on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the waiters don white coats, which feels like a bit of a throwback. It’s a nice, fancy-pants respite from a hectic day at work.
Bistrot du Coin
A friend from Chicago is in town for a conference, so I had a chance to hang out in Dupont Circle in D.C. last night. It’s been a while I “partied” in the city on a weekend night! I took the opportunity to suggest another one of my other faves, Bistrot du Coin. I never pass up an opportunity to introduce a newbie to this place.
She had chicken with frites while I had a nicoise salad with a Leffe Blonde. (I scarfed down an Oreo-flavored cupcake at the super-cute CakeRoom in Adams Morgan before we dined, so I guess that’s why I went a salad … Kidding. I actually like nicoise salads.) As usual, the food was simple yet splendid.
BDC is relaxed and yet full of life. Lots of laughter and conversation around us without being too crazy loud. Also, those who know me well know how much I love low lighting. (I guess it’s the only part of me that’s remotely romantic, ha!) Anyway, it was a great Friday night.
D.C. area restaurants are really bringing it lately. A week filled with old and new eats, I’m looking forward to having more of both soon!