I’ve been on a search lately for the best lobster roll in DC. Yes, this search is being conducted simultaneously with my search for the best burger in DC. I can multitask. For those New Englanders out there, you may be laughing and thinking just how ridiculous and futile my search must be. I know I’m from Texas and I’ve had a lobster roll in New England . . . once. I like to think I know good food. And I think DC sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it deserves — it’s been making culinary leaps and bounds in recent years. So far, my overall assessment is that there are some really good options out there to offset those that miss the mark. Below I assess four versions of lobster rolls I’ve eaten around town recently in order of increasing preference. Check it out and chime in with your thoughts on the best lobster roll in DC!
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Restaurant Review: America Eats Tavern – Best for a cocktail, some learning, and supporting the National Archives
I’m a fan of Jaleo and Zaytinya and of José Andrés generally. So it hurts a little to say this, but I don’t know what to make of America Eats Tavern, the newest José Andrés restaurant to join Penn Andrés Quarter. Wait, I take that back. I think America Eats is a good way to support the National Archives and learn a little about our country’s culinary history while enjoying a cocktail. I guess my dilemma is that America Eats seems to pale in comparison to Andrés’ other restaurants. The food is just “okay,” relatively speaking. One of Andrés’ many skills is his ability to create a menu with a variety of small plates that can be mixed and matched easily to form a complete meal. You’ll understand, then, why I was surprised to find myself asking how am I supposed to make a meal out of these dishes? Now, I know that America Eats is not a tapas-style restaurant. Yet, it seems to be having some sort of identity crisis, hovering somewhere between a tapas-style restaurant and the rest, but missing key components of each. I’ll explain more. Keep reading!
Blackbyrd Warehouse, the most recent venture from Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) and his brother Ian, gets my seal of approval. The Hilton brothers also own Marvin, Gibson, American Ice Company, and Eighteenth Street Lounge. Man, I really hope they make it one day. Poor guys . . .