Thursday, November 25, 2010

After Thanksgiving with the Washington Post

The Washington Post featured an article today about what to do after Thanksgiving.  One of the suggestions was a food tour of Penn Quarter.  Our neighborhood has quickly become the restaurant capitol of this city--and it's getting better by the day.

The Post also says that Penn Quarter restaurants are busy: "Penn Quarter offers some of the city's best - and busiest - eateries for such dining; the relatively slow nights after Thanksgiving are perfect for attempting such a feat."

Here is the Post's suggested tour of Penn Quarter:

If Thanksgiving is a strictly adult affair this year - just a few siblings, spouses, maybe Mom and Dad - after the feast consider showing them how Washingtonians dine. Pricey, shareable small plates are part of the culture here, so why not share a few different plates at a few different hot spots? Penn Quarter offers some of the city's best - and busiest - eateries for such dining; the relatively slow nights after Thanksgiving are perfect for attempting such a feat.
Where to eat: Start with a cocktail at the cozy lounge at PS 7's (777 I St. NW; "Mixtress" of ceremonies Gina Chersevani maintains a drink menu that's long on creativity and flavor; the Gnome's Water blends light-as-air cucumber water, lime and gin, while the new Sav U'R is made with Cap'n Crunch cereal, milk and rye bourbon ( trust her).
Next, make a beeline for Rasika (633 D St. NW;, where Indian food is elevated to high art. Head to the bar to order a couple of rounds of one of the city's most memorable dishes: palak chaat, a spicy salad of flash-fried spinach drizzled in sweet and savory chutney. (If you decide to stay for dinner, time it so you take advantage of the restaurant's three-course pre-theater dinner menu, which rings up at just $30 a head before 6:30 p.m.)
Finish out your meal with more small plates at Jaleo (480 Seventh St. NW;, which, even after all these years, is a mainstay of the Washington dining scene. Again, head for the bar; if you go Friday before 7 p.m., you can indulge in sangria and some of the staples of Jaleo's menu - figs wrapped in bacon, crunchy potatoes topped with spicy aioli - for $4 apiece. You would be remiss, however, if you didn't veer from the happy hour menu to order the dreamy apple-manchego salad.
Finally, end the evening at Co Co. Sala (929 F St. NW;, where dessert can be a five-course meal in and of itself. It'll set you back $30 for such an indulgence; for $20, you can trim some calories with a mere three courses of sweets such as strawberry shortcake with basil foam and cocoa nibs, or an oh-so-trendy whoopie pie duo laced with the flavors of bourbon and passion fruit.
Where to play: If you need a break from the gorging, make a stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Eighth and F streets NW;, free), which stays open till 7 p.m. and extends its morning hours this weekend. There, the big attraction is the major exhibition "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg."On the silly side, Madame Tussauds (1001 F St. NW;, $18-$20 for adults; $15 for kids) lets you shake hands with the presidents, put your arm around Rihanna and get a close-up look at Kim Kardashian's famous posterior (perfect Christmas Card photo op, we think). Get tickets online before you go to save 15 percent, and through Saturday, veterans with ID get into the museum free.
If you go: Take Metro if you can (Green Line to Archives or Red Line to Gallery Place). Friday and Saturday may feel like holidays, but you'll have to pay D.C. parking meters as usual till 10 p.m.

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