Returning to my old stomping ground, Washington DC, was a bit anti climatic- so much to do in so little time. And when I say do, I mean EAT. Arriving a day early to make my Founding Farmers reservation was clutch. I am always asked what my favorite restaurant in New York City is and I can never pinpoint just one. I guess I just haven’t found my “go to” place that I can always count on. In DC, Founding Farmers is my spot. I would even go as far to say its my favorite restaurant ever (If anyone from founding is reading this, i’m begging you to open in NYC). At Founding, we order a grilled cheese and tomato soup for the table (obviously) along with Lobster Mac and Cheese and my favorite Southern Fried Chicken Salad. This grilled cheese deserves a moment of silence. The two homemade buttered and toasted pieces of bread are filled with gruyere, white cheddar and muenster cheese. The Southern Fried Chicken Salad is hardly healthy, tossed with bacon, avocado, red onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and honey mustard dressing. As for the Lobster Mac and Cheese, it is has a lighter taste due to the hints of lemon incorporated in the dish. I would highly recommend splitting this entree between at least two people because of the size. Another dish from Founding that I would highly recommend is the skillet corn bread, I was unfortunately too full to order it this time. I guess I will have to come back ;).
The next night, I took on Cafe Milano. Cafe Milano is a Georgetown classic that should not be overlooked. The ambiance is perfect for big groups or a special occasion. All pasta and meat dishes are to die for. We decided to order the truffle ravioli, linguini bolognese, pork chop, fried calamari and burrata. Any restaurant that allows me to enjoy my guilty pleasure, truffles, has me at hello. For our last dinner, we went to The Source by Wolfgang Puck. Another one of my favorites, so we had to order EVERYTHING. Although I was slightly ill from over eating after the meal it was worth it. We started with the Chinese Chicken Salad, Spicy Tuna TarTar in Sesame Miso Cones, Shrimp and Scallops Siu Mai, Tandoori Arctic Char and Crystal Garlic Chive Dumplings with Maryland Crab, Kurobuta Pork and Chinese Mustard. For dinner, the entree that was the clear front runner was the Leaping Waters Pork Chop over a pan fried Ramen Noodle Cake. I also always enjoy the sides of Drunken Noodles and Crab Fried Rice.
For our last meal in the Capital, we decided to try a new restaurant, Le Diplomate. It had always been recommended to me, but I never had the chance to try it. Arriving at Le Diplomate, I felt as if I was transported to a side street in Paris.The restaurant was charming from the inside out; there were open windows, small tables outside, and a pastry counter at the front of the restaurant. Rolling with the Europe theme, we started the meal off with champagne, along with two bread and pastry baskets. The stand out dishes from the meal were, the Burger Americian, Onion Soup, Lamb Sandwich, Eggs Benedict, Country Chicken Club, and the Steak and Eggs. I would come back to Le Diplomate in a heart beat, there are multiple items on the menu that I am looking forward to trying. DC is usually a destination for the culture, monuments and museums but to me, the restaurants alone are worth the trip! Until next time DC….