Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's Bethesda Restaurant Week! Go - now!

Holy shizzies, it's Restaurant Week in Bethesda and I had no idea. So thank you, City of Bethesda, the supposed "City of Restaurants" for having such horrible PR that not even this hungrylittlegirl knew it was Restaurant Week.

Luckily, I was coerced (ok, maybe that's a bit of a strong word) into going to Raku when what I really wanted was Cava Grill. But it was all good in the proverbial hood when I realized I could be noshing on three courses of some serious Asian Fusion yummies for only $15.

I started with the shrimp dumpling soup, went on to the braised beef short ribs on homemade fettucine with baby bok choy and fried red onions then finished off with green tea creme brulee. Bye bye work productivity for the afternoon.

Chilean sea bass roll

My lunch date's seafood risotto

Braised beef short ribs
Raku
7240 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
301.718.8680

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brunch Time, All Part of Growing Up

Recently I have discovered that by some grace of God, I am maturing. And by maturing, I might actually mean that my tolerance is much higher and I am not too hungover on the weekends to eat a fabulous brunch the day after a ridiculous bar night. Yea, no, that is what I mean.

It wouldn't be like me to let this newfound power go to waste so I've been grubbing my little face off every free weekend. Here's the rundown of the latest:

Birch & Barley

DC's own Kyle Bailey, Birch & Barley's head chef, was recently awarded Food & Wine's Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic so I had been dying to get a reservation here. Luckily, their brunch is a pretty good representation of why he was given the honor.

When first entering, the space reminded me a lot of the kind of restaurants you see in bigger cities like Chicago, the kind we need more of in DC. Chill, modest and with the focus all on the food. Speaking of, the food was excellent, well thought-out and the kind that makes you want to start day drinking at 11 a.m.

Freshly Fried Donuts: toffee-bacon, lemon-poppyseed and bittersweet chocolate
 
Fried chicken and waffles

Homemade corned beef hash with fried duck eggs
Tallula

Tallula/EatBar have been known to serve a pretty bangin' brunch so when I finally got my life together I vowed to try this out. I was not disappointed. The vibe was cool, and I managed to feel semi-classy for once. Extra points for serving me the only grits I've ever really liked.

Braised pork roulade, anson mills grits, poached farm egg, tomatillo sauce

Eggs benedict
Whitlow's on Wilson

Ok, so I got caught off my game one weekend, so sue me! I was hungover! I wanted mac and cheese, and an unlimited amount of it! Their mac and cheese is pretty damn hangoverlicious, but it didn't make up for the snotty hostess snapping at me (and many others patiently waiting more than an hour) and serious lack of crab legs on the line. A shame since I've heard a lot of hype about this brunch buffet and their bloody mary bar. The moral is, people are paying to feast, so get the food out to them ASAP!

Birch & Barley
1337 14th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20005
202.567.2576

Tallula
2761 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
703.778.5051

Whitlow's
2854 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703.276.9693