Where To Eat In Washington D.C.

A last minute, weekend trip to the capital with lots to see and endless culinary options; a wannabe foodie delight. But with so many choices and so little time, it can be hard to pick and choose where to eat so I want to share my Washington D.C. restaurant diary with you.

To help, I’ve split the restaurants up by their neighborhoods so you can fill your bellies based on your location (but most places are only a $10 Uber away). Want to see more highlights based on the below? Watch my D.C. story over on Instagram!

CityCenterDC

On our first night in Washington D.C., we decided to try some of the city’s French fare at DBGB Kitchen. First impressions weren’t great though when the hostess didn’t even greet us and more than 10 minutes passed before we were acknowledged by our server (and the restaurant was pretty empty at this point.) However, it was saved by the food that was to follow… The burrata was fresh and creamy and went perfectly with the zesty mandarins and sunflower seed pesto, a fab starter all round. For the main course, I had the Maryland Blue Crab Spaghettini and my husband had the Steak Frites. The steak was perfectly medium rare and the Bearnaise sauce tasted just like it had come straight from Paris itself.

Pictures from the left: Burrata and Steak Frites @ DBGB Kitchen and Soft Serve @ Milk Bar.

On our last night, we ended up back at CityCenterDC again. We didn’t have dinner here (we just came for a drink and got tempted by the soft serve) but if you like Japanese food and you’re in the area, I would definitely recommend paying Momofuku a visit. The menu sounds amazing, the food smelt delicious and the ramen bowl looked to die for. Looking for something sweeter? Momofuku’s Milk Bar sits to the side of the restaurant, selling its famous soft-serve and bakery goods. Personally, I think the soft-serve tastes like you’re eating a bowl of ice cold cornflakes but the cookies and the cake truffles are delish!

The Penn Quarter

Originally, we were on our way for some sandwiches at Smoked & Stacked but we ended up at Zaytinya because it was on the way to our next sightseeing stop. Not a bad little detour at all! If it was being rated on its service alone though, I might have said otherwise or maybe I’m just getting used to the lovely Southern hospitality down here in Texas. The menu is Mediterranean mezze style food so we ordered Tzatziki, Soujouk Pide (flatbread), Fattoush (salad) and the Biftek Muhamara (sirloin steak) to share. Everything comes as it’s ready, which meant the tzatziki was first out of the kitchen shortly followed by the Fattoush, and both were crisp and delightful when paired with their freshly baked pita bread. The Soujouk Pide was our favorite dish, with the spicy soujouk sausage giving the flatbread a perfect kick of heat.

Pictures from the left: Biftek, Soujouk Pide and Tzatziki @ Zaytinya.

Another stop in this area was The Smith @ Penn Quarter since we were craving some American eats from the capital of the U.S.A. The place was modern and cleanly decorated, with a fully stocked bar and a great atmosphere, which finally made us feel like we were in the middle of a busy capital city. The service was fast and friendly, and the food didn’t disappoint either… but somewhere with mac & cheese as a starter is always a winner in my eyes. Here, you’ll find everything from steaks and burgers, to salads and classic bistro entrees.

Pictures from the top left: Salmon, Chocolate Pot and Skillet Mac and Cheese @ The Smith.

DuPont Circle

After cycling and sightseeing on our last morning, we stopped at Cafe DuPont for Sunday brunch. Set off to the side of DuPont circle, the conservatory seating makes you feel like you’re sat in a French brasserie on a quiet Parisian street. It serves all the usual breakfast and brunch dishes, plus a few signature French fares as well. If it’s in your budget, the hotel would be an exquisite pick too.

Brunch

Eggs Benedict and Croque Madame @ Cafe DuPont

14th Street

If you’re venturing further away from Downtown, you’ll find some great food choices on 14th Street. And hidden in a row of D.C. townhouses, is a small and eclectic little eatery called Compass Rose, offering street food from around the world, with craft beer, fine wines and a sample of global cocktails. Even when our Uber dropped us right outside, the place was easy to miss but don’t be fooled by its exterior, this restaurant is definitely a must try.  The market fried cauliflower is the tastiest I’ve ever had, the lamb kefta was divine and don’t skip over the Khachapuri from Georgia. The cheese-filled bread may not be the healthiest option on the menu but it is definitely worth the calories!

Pictures from the top left: Khachapuri, Lamb Kefta and Fried Cauliflower @ Compass Rose

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Stay tuned for more insights from our trip to Washington D.C., they’re coming to the blog soon!

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Classic French Feeds at Brasserie Du Parc

A Read Eat Discover Review of
Houston Restaurant, Brasserie du Parc.

If you saw my story at the weekend, you’ll know we ate at the authentic French restaurant, Brasserie du Parc. It is conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the Toyota Center and right across from Discovery Green, in downtown Houston.

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The brasserie has a very cute setting with tables and chairs that you see on the sidewalks of many French streets. The conservatory on the side is bright in the daylight and boasts marble finishes and delicate flower arrangements, which made me wonder why they had all the blinds closed. Or why they would choose black blinds in such a light and airy setting in the first place.

To drink, we ordered one of their punch bowls, which came in an adorable glass bowl with glass ladle to serve. We then sampled a range of starters, the pâte was to die for, made even better by the fact it’s the first pâte I’ve had or seen available since moving to Houston. Whereas the soup was a quite watery and the goat cheese or “salade de chèvre” was lacking on the cheese side.

 

The risotto aux fruits de mar (seafood risotto) was served with a generous portion of fish,   which was perfectly seared but the risotto itself was missing some flavor. The steak frites was plated just as it is in France and the boeuf bourguignon was juicy and tender, as you’d expect it to be.

We then ordered the tarte au citron, a pot au chocolat, and the pommes caramélisées to share for dessert. For me, the crepe was too thick and undercooked, which made it stodgy, especially with the lack of caramelized apples. But, the chocolate pot was delightfully rich and the tarte au citrone was served with an exquisite raspberry sorbet.

Quick facts: indoor seating, classic French Brasserie serving brunch, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
Rating: 3/5
Website: http://www.brasserieduparc.net
Location: 1440 Lamar St, Houston, TX, 77010
Insta worthy? Yes!

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10 Must Try Spots For Houston Restaurant Weeks

Don’t miss these restaurants during Houston Restaurant Week (August 1 – September 4, 2017.)

Houston Restaurant Weeks starts today and with more than 200 restaurants involved, Read Eat Discover wanted to share some of the best deals and spots on the list.

Houston Restaurant Weeks runs from August 1 – September 4, 2017, with menu prices ranging from $20 for brunch through to $45 (per person) for the higher end dinner offer. With each menu sold, participating restaurants donate a portion of the price to the Houston Food Bank, generating between 9-21 meals depending on the menu offered.

The list below is definitely not conclusive but it offers some of our top picks based on the restaurants we’ve previously visited. Take a look below:

B&B Butchers

Both menus are a steal for a two/three-course meal at B&B Butchers and feature items such as Chef’s Tommy’s Bacon with blue cheese and truffle infused honey (worth the additional $8), the 10oz filet mignon, and the butcher shop burger. Don’t miss the cheesecake for dessert!

Menus: $20 lunch & $45 dinner

Website: http://bbbutchers.com

Ciao Bello

You should definitely pay this lovely Italian spot a visit, even if you can’t make it during Houston Restaurant Weeks. The $35 dinner menu is for four courses and features its polpette (family meatballs), burrata caprese, a range of entrés and its house-made cannolis for dessert.

Menus: $22 brunch, $20 lunch, and $35 dinner

Website: https://ciaobellohouston.com

El Tiempo

It wouldn’t be a proper list without featuring at least one Tex-Mex in Houston! The dinner menu features guacamole and chile con queso to start, with a choice of fajitas for your entré, and Mexican sweets for dessert. If it’s anything like last years’ menu, you won’t go home hungry!

Menus: $35 dinner (available at seven locations)

Website: http://eltiempocantina.com/

Grace’s

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Southern soul mixed with some Sicilian heritage, head here if you’re in the mood for some comfort food and you won’t be disappointed. The Restaurant Weeks menu features gumbo, southern fried pork chops, steak frites and bread pudding for dessert.

Menus: $35 dinner

Website: http://www.gracesonkirby.com

KUU

A fine-dining Japanese restaurant in the Memorial area which offers exquisite hot and cold dishes. The Restaurant Weeks dinner menu is four courses and includes a cold tasting dish, hot tasting dish, Makimono and a dessert. Make sure you try “June”, it’s one of the best spicy tuna rolls you will ever taste.

Menus: $20 lunch and $45 dinner

Website: http://www.kuurestaurant.com

Pinch

 

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This is one of Houston’s newer offerings and is located just off the 290 near the Magnum Rd exit. The menu offers up some seafood classics as well as some Texas comforts for those who aren’t big fans of fish dishes. Make sure you try the crème brûlée cheesecake for dessert!

Menus: $35 dinner

Website: http://www.pinchseafoodrestaurant.com

Rise No.2

 

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You can’t go wrong with this cute French spot in the Uptown/Galleria area. The menu features a savory and a sweet souffle for your main course and dessert and make sure you don’t miss out on the marshmallow soup to start!

Menus: $45 dinner

Website: http://www.risesouffle.com

State Fare Kitchen + Bar

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A modern Texas restaurant with lots of classic comforts. This Restaurant Weeks menu includes sweet cream biscuits to start, slow smoked beef shoulder and then Texas sheet cake for dessert. If you’re veering towards their main menu, try Jimmy’s “Texas Red” Beef Chilli Cheeseburger, you won’t regret it!

Menus: $20 lunch and $35 dinner

Website: http://www.statefaretx.com

The General Public

Tucked away in the back corner of CityCentre Houston, it would be easy to miss this place if you’re just wandering through the area. However, you should definitely give this upscale “pub” and its classic dishes, with a modern twist a try. The dinner menu features its oven roasted cauliflower, fish and chips, shrimp and grits and birthday cake.

Menus: $35 dinner

Website: http://thegenpublic.com

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

This American steakhouse offers a sophisticated vibe and upscale dining experience in downtown Houston. The dinner menu offers classics such as bisque and wedge salad to start, its filet mignon as an entré and an extremely tasty dessert options. Whilst the lunch menu features The Vic Burger, crab cakes and much more.

Menus: $20 lunch and $45 dinner

Website: http://www.vicandanthonys.com

 

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