Have you ever been to Washington DC? I have been there three or four times and it is an amazing place to see. The first time I visited, I took my son who was about twelve or thirteen. I knew I was going to be in meetings for the most part, so I showed him how to take the subway to get around. He did pretty good exploring Washington DC without me.
We did have one day to take in as much as we could, so our first stop was the Capitol Building. We got to do a tour of the Congress and Senate buildings thank to our then Congressman, Jim Gibbons. He had one of his staffers walk us around and see the amazing building. We were able to go to the Library of Congress, see the Vietnam War Memorial and walk up to the statue of Lincoln.
It truly was a memorable visit that I am sure neither of us will forget. One of the things I noticed was the array of restaurants and bars surround the area. The competition must be great, so I have picked out three Gastropub restaurants to review.
The Blue Duck Tavern has an inviting warm and rustic environment. It features handcrafted wood furnishings which includes a twenty-nine-foot-long Windsor bench. Tapping into local purveyors and farms, they feature a market-based menu with time-honored cooking methods and modern technology.
Located on 24th and M Streets, Blue Duck Tavern has brought together the finest team to make your meal memorable. General Manager, Joseph Cerione, has over fifteen years of hospitality experience. He has working in many upscale restaurants from La Jolla, California to Miami, Florida.
Recently appointed Executive Chef, Adam Howard, grew up in Pell City, Alabama. In 2006 he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde, Park, New York. From there he worked in many high end restaurants around the East Coast. He even launched his own mobile kitchen offering creative street foods from all around the world.
Coleen Murphy, who is the Pastry Chef, came from Kingston, New York. Graduating from Johnson & Wales University, she was one of the seven members of the Hyatt Corporate Pastry Specialist team who crafted their own chocolate for the Hyatt Hotels which is now used company wide. Hotel F&B Magazine recognized Chef Murphy as one of the “Top 25 Hotel Pastry Chefs to Watch” in 2018. Their internet rating is over four stars with over six hundred comments.
At Heritage Brewing Brewpub and Roastery in Arlington, Virginia, beer is their beginnings. They have a giant assortment of beers on tap that show off their brewing ability. From Sours, Lagers, barrel aged beers and Ales they craft a new beer every week. They even can and bottle the majority of their beers, so patrons can take some home.
The second love at Heritage Brewing Brewpub and Roastery is coffee. Using their Veritas cold-press they offer their coffee to enjoy in house or grab one of their twelve ounce singles or six packs to go. They even sell the beans they roast in-house that guests can purchase to make their own coffee at home.
Using only locally-sourced seasonal ingredients they offer an assortment of vegetarian, poultry and seafood courses. These meals are prepared using their brewing and beer ingredients to add subtle flavors. Join them for breakfast, lunch and dinner or perhaps a quiet brunch on Sunday.
A big fan of John F. Kennedy they have crafted their own Mission Statement to read “To not only brew the best beer possible, but also; live for one another, serve our fellow countrymen, craft with pride, and wherever possible, give back to those in need, especially those who have given everything for their country.” With that attitude I see why they have a four-plus star rating on the web.
Rose Previte is the owner of Compass Rose. She grew up in rural Ohio helping her mother in her catering business and helping her dad to made sausage. Rose and her husband traveled abroad from 2009-2012 exploring over thirty countries and finding a passion for unique food and culture.
When Rose returned to Washington DC in 2012 her dream was to create a restaurant that would feature her knowledge of food world-wide. They feature a large array of international street food that can be enjoyed with one of their exotic wines, quirky beers or handcrafted cocktails.
The back yard of the Compass Rose is fashioned after a North African-style Bedouin Tent. She got her inspiration when she stayed in one in the Sahara Desert. She enjoyed the amazing markets and road camels. They offer two dinner seating Monday through Saturday. You can reserve it for six to eight people. The meal has a fixed price of seventy dollars, excluding tax and gratuity and you can order your drinks a la carte.
Located at 1346 T Street NW, Compass Rose is sure to be an experience you won’t forget. They don’t take reservations for their main dining area so get there early to enjoy the best meal possible. With over a four and one-half star rating, I am sure you will want to be one of the over four hundred people who have posted their experience on the internet.
This article has been sponsored by Washington DC Hood Cleaning.