Chef-owner, Andrew Markert, knows food- and what’s better than letting Chef play his own game?
The answer here is simple: Nothing.
Four friends joined me at my favorite DC restaurant, Beuchert’s Saloon. This Capitol Hill, original 1880’s speak-easy, boasts American fare deeply rooted in the local DC community. Reopened in 2013, the flavors have developed exponentially since it’s beginnings with the wisdom and maturity that can only be fostered by a desire to never stop learning, and drive to serve the best food in town each and every night.
We asked Markert for his best, following Beuchert’s hysterical, though accurate, hashtag: #chefsaysitsdope; we had faith. Thanks to guidance from the sommelier, we ordered a bottle of red and a bottle of white, and let the conversation flow.
Enjoying the intimate outdoor space neatly tucked at the back of the restaurant, past the rustic, wide plank floors, and Mike and Ike over looking the bar, the evening felt like a perfect late-summer night… in early October. As one can only hope in our nation’s capital, surrounded by lawyer friends, political discussion began to run its course, and we women have some voices! A much desired unveiling and dissection of our current political-state paired with the arriving dishes, this was by far my favorite evening.
Grilled lamb, crispy pork, squash duchess… literally tasting Fall right from the farm. The most beautiful plates made their way around 5 women only half-jokingly barking “I’ll finish that” at each other. The baby dutch pancake held all its glory in my personal favorite: lobster mushrooms, was a hard one to pass on to the next person. And the Charleston gold rice and kabocha congee (scallion, garlic chips, black garlic puree, cured shiitake mushrooms) was all but licked out of the bowl. Kind of an amazing sight to see the struggle of spooning out the last of that goodness.
With several perfectly balanced treats ending the meal, I can assure you I gathered up a bit more than my share of the apple cider donut and pistachio ice cream, with the zeal of a kid in a candy shop. It’s also the desserts that got eaten before a camera could make its way out- sad for you, delicious for me. How can you recall the taste of something so vividly is beyond me… but I’ll take it! You’ll have to get yourself to Beuchert’s to see, better yet taste, for yourself.
Knowing the menu flows with the seasons, there is never a disappointing dish, and the brunch, I hear, is on the top 10 list for DC.
There is much truth in George Bernard Shaw: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” If you’re looking for love, you’re looking for Beuchert’s Saloon.
Location: 623 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 http://beuchertssaloon.com/
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This post is a part of a brief but informative eatDC and drinkDC series being released all week. Reviews were not paid nor partnered by establishments or anyone associated with.