Hotel:Washington Marriott Wardman Park Would I stay again? Yes but would not be my first choice. It is a huge hotel with tons of event space. I prefer something smaller.
Dinner:La Tomate Bistro Would I dine again? Probably not. The food was good but the service was absolutely terrible.
Dinner Day 2: China Chilcano Would I dine again? Yes, Yes, Yes. All the plates we had were awesome. Surprisingly, my favorite was the cauliflower.
Dinner Day 3: Bistro du Coin Would I dine again? Yes, Almost every year I attend a conference at the Washington Hilton right up the street and the food is consistently good. Plus, who can turn down a great bowl of mussels?
Every spring I take a trip to Washington DC for a conference. And every year I try to try some new spots based on Eater and Chowhound recommendations. This year I grabbed a quick bite at the airport, then decided to try one new place and return to an old favorite.
Jaleo I love a chef tasting menu but when you are with a group of 10, sometimes it doesn’t work out so well. People has such varied tastes and you never know if all the menu items will be a good fit. But everyone was up for the “experience” even though there were a few folks hesitant to try all of the dishes. We opted for The Jaleo Experience, a tour of Spain with Jaleo’s favorite traditional and modern tapas and after 11 courses(here’s a few: Cono de atún, Cebolla asada con queso Valdeón, Empedrat de mongetes, Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas, Calamares en su tinta, Espinacas a la catalana, Ibérico de bellota mini hamburguesas, Croquetas de pollo) and 4 dessert options, we were a happy bunch!
Lost Society I got carded walking into the restaurant. I’m 40 but was flattered to show ID. Then they explained this was really a bar but they had a restaurant and wanted to make sure everyone was of legal age. Once inside we were seated but service was SLOW. I finally had to speak up and things got back on track. We ordered quite a few appetizers – the crispy pork belly, fried alligator and waffles, bruschetta, brussel sprouts and gnocchi. Majority of us ordered the filet and then finished with a few desserts, bread pudding being one of them. The meal was good….but the loud “bar” atmosphere was not exactly the best compliment to my meal. Glad I had a great group of people with me to enjoy my evening!
Legal Sea Foods(at DCA) Sometimes you just have to eat at the airport and if I don’t get my upgrade, I always miss lunch going east. Legal is the perfect place to grab a bite(unless you want something less expensive and much faster) and they have two of my favorites – the crab roll and clam roll(whole bellied clams!). I decided to opt for the non-fried and go with the crab roll, even though yes, I sneaked a few fries with the sandwich. Yum!