I had a chance to check out two new restaurants in DC recently. Both are offshoots of Philly restaurants so I was curious to give them a try.
First up was Pizzeria Vetri on 14th Street in the U Street area. FE, Art Vandelay, and I headed over for lunch. The menu is small and concise. Art and I split the large margherita pizza, which is served on a long, elevated tray. FE had a personal pizza, half sausage and half pepperoni. The pizza was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. The sauce was tangy, the crust was crunchy yet soft, and the pizza itself was cooked perfectly.
Next up was brunch at Le Diplomate. This is the brainchild of Stephen Starr, and I guess it’s a sister restaurant to Parc in Philly. I’ve been trying to have brunch here for some time, but it’s impossible to get a reservation. They do reserve a number of tables for walk-ins, so we lined up at 9:30 am when the place opened. We were seated right away and every seat was filled.
The food and service were excellent. FE and I had the spinach and gruyere omelet. I’m not a big fan of omelets, but this one was superb. It was served with potatoes and various French breads. Art had the zucchini frittata which he enjoyed. He also raved about the fresh OJ.
I’m hoping to try All-Purpose Pizzeria on our next visit, and I’ll definitely be heading over to Pizzeria Vetri in Philly soon. Happy eating!
p.s. I am on day 22 of my no dessert/sweets challenge so I didn’t have dessert on this trip. We’ll see how much longer I can go. There’s a Stock’s pound cake at work calling my name so it can’t be too much longer.
Have you been wondering what I’ve been eating and drinking? Well I was in DC recently with the fam and there’s quite an eating revolution going on down there. What with all the monied millennials (yuppies in my day) cavorting around with disposable income, eating and drinking must evolve. Hey, I’ll reap the benefits.
This time, we had brunch at The Riggsby. It’s located in the Hotel Carlyle on New Hampshire Avenue near DuPont Circle. I found this place on yelp based on really great reviews. It was really enjoyable. The restaurant itself looks old-school cigar-smoking wood and leather at first, but the huge skylight and chandelier set up in the middle of the room gives the place a modern feel.
The food was very good. A few of us had the buttermilk pancakes which were light and fluffy, but satisfying. Fellow eater had the burger and fries, which was an instagrammable plate, and according to him, very tasty.
It was time for a caffeine respite after brunch. We headed to our usual haunt, Coffee Bar on S Street. It was hot and humid so definitely an iced green tea day. Fellow caffeinater had an iced vanilla latte. We were able to snag a table outside, usually an impossible feat. We soon figured out why we were able to, as there was ear bending construction going on at the school across the street. However, the verbal exchanges overheard between the workers was worth it!
Pre-dinner cocktails were at Provision 14 on 14th Street. What a beautiful space! I’m looking forward to returning here for dinner. My fellow drinkers raved about their cocktails.
It was then on to DC Noodles on U Street for dinner. The food was excellent as always. I had the pad see ew with chicken, taro spring rolls, and fried wontons. I wanted to finish the pad see ew but I just couldn’t. It’s a great place with something for everyone to eat. FE had the squid ink noodles with seafood, which had great heat and flavor.
We couldn’t get into Le Diplomate for brunch with a large group so that’s definitely on the list for next time. Happy eating!