Monday, September 6, 2010

Mmmm...DC Eats!

I really need to stop eating out so much but I can’t help myself! The food, the social aspect, trying new things; I love it all!

I picked 3 places that I visited in the past week in DC to highlight. If you’re ever in the area, maybe you can stop by and chow down.

The first place on my list is Marvin DC . Located on 14th Street, Marvin’s is a Belgian bistro that is inspired by soul singer Marvin Gaye.

The food is a mix of soul food and Belgian cuisine which makes it really interesting, and really good!

I first went to Marvin’s, not to eat, but to party. At night there is an upstairs roof deck that turns into a club/lounge. Between drinks and dancing to "Pretty Boy Swag", I found the menu and decided I should brunch there sometime.

Last Sunday my friend Connie was in town so we decided to hit it up. There were four of us eating that day so 2 of us ordered Shrimp and Cheese Grits, and the other 2 ordered the Belgian Waffles with whipped cream.


The Shrimp and Cheese grits were so good! I have had this dish at so many other restaurants, and Marvin’s recipe wins, hands down. The grits were incredibly smooth and not gritty at all, and the cheese flavor was so incredibly sharp that you know they used the “good stuff”.

I almost licked the bowl clean. Almost.

The waffles were really good too. Soft, crunchy, buttery. Really good.

The next place on my list is Firefly which is located in DC’s Dupont Circle. It’s contemporary American food that uses locally grown products to make its food.

My boss took me out for lunch this past week and she suggested that we go here since she’s heard good things about it. She ordered the Cobb Salad, I ordered the Steak Salad, and my colleague got the Roast Beef au Jus.

The food there was, EH.

You’d think that something as exciting as steak on a salad with figs, caramelized onions, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette would be tasty, but it wasn’t. I had to ask the server to bring me blue cheese crumbles to jazz that baby up. After I added the crumbles, it was good. I guess…

The Cobb salad wasn’t all that great either. My colleague who ordered the sandwich said his was pretty tasty, but I don’t believe him.

While the meals were super blah, the desserts were very good!

I got the red velvet cake while my boss ordered a peanut butter chocolate ice-cream sandwich. We each had half of each others desserts and thought they were both delicious.

All in all, Firefly was OK. I suppose there are some dishes that are better than what I had, but I doubt I’d ever go back unless someone else was treating me again.

The check came out in a glowy lantern which was pretty creative. Like a firefly? Yea.

The last place on my list is Farmers and Fishers located in Georgetown.


The food is SUPER fresh. You can taste it.

I ordered an Angus burger with havarti dill cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, and a special sauce. My meal also came with some of the best tasting fries I’ve had in a long time. They were so yummy and crispy and tasty and non-oily. It was a perfect choice.

Look at all that cheese!

My brother got the baja fish tacos, and they were just as good. The homemade tortillas that they came in were delish.

I found out that on Sundays they offer this amazing All-You-Can-Eat brunch for only $25! I can't wait to drag my friends  here for brunch. Check out the brunch menu.

So, those are the eats for this week. Check them out if you’re ever in the area. 

Sidenote: It was really hot while walking around Georgetown which made my brother want to stop for some ice-cream. I love ice-cream so I immediately began looking around for a local shop.

You know the ones I'm talking about. The kind where there’s a cute little man behind the counter telling you about how long and hard he worked on the unique flavors? Flavors that probably include Belgian mint chocolate chip, amaretto almond, peanut butter fudge ripple. mmmm!

Yea. My brother had other ideas.

He made us stop at the first shop we saw. A CHAIN. Hershey’s Ice Cream. UGH. So ordinary and regular. I got a chocolate soft serve with chocolate sprinkles.

How boring.

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