The "Jack Rose"
December 5th is Repeal Day. On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment’s ban on booze. The Prohibition era came to an end and each American’s God-given right to drink was restored. That’s a holiday I’m always ready to celebrate.
Oddly enough, I didn’t even know that Repeal Day was a holiday, much less that it was celebrated, until this year when I noticed many local bars and restaurants advertising “Repeal Day” festivities. I also learned about the DC Craft Bartenders Guild‘s 4th Annual Repeal Day Ball. The Guild’s founding members include well-known DC drink-masters like Gina Cherservani of PS7, Chantal Tseng of Tabard Inn, Adam Bernbach of Proof and Estadio and Derek Brown of the Passenger and Columbia Room.
Two of my good friends and I dipped our toes into Repeal Day celebrations this year by enjoying a delicious four-course pre-fixe dinner at Jack Rose last night. The dinner, at only $20, was a great deal. The restaurant also offered bottomless glasses of sparkling wine for only $10.
Before dinner, we sipped special Repeal Day cocktails like “Crock’d Punch” (a hot toddy of sorts made with rye whiskey and aromatics) and the “Jack Rose” ($9 ea) in Jack Rose’s Roosevelt Room. The Roosevelt Room has a cool vibe. It’s a smaller glass-enclosed bar that sits to the right of the 2nd floor’s main bar. Lined with a lot of wood, the room has a cozy/intimate feel and lets out onto a small balcony (for those that need some fresh air or a view of the ever-present construction on 18th Street).
Our dinner started with two canapés — scallops and stuffed peppadews (a/k/a baby peppers). We could choose one of two dishes for each of the remaining three courses. We tried the grilled shrimp caesar salad, fettucine carbonara with duck confit, and the prime rib with scalloped potatoes. The menu also included lobster thermidor, clams casino, grilled shrimp, and dessert (pineapple upside down cake) for an additional charge. Choosing to drink our dessert, we skipped the cake and ordered one of each of the remaining three items. The caesar salad and fettucine carbonara were our favorites, with the prime rib in 3rd place.
Overall, Jack Rose did a great job with the event. The food was tasty, the price point was right, and the staff was friendly. Next year, I’ll make sure Jack Rose is on my Repeal Day dance card!
Address: 2007 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)
Ph: (202) 588-7388
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm to 2am; Fri-Sat 5pm to 3am
Roosevelt Bar open Wed-Sat!