My cousin Shannon was here on a visit from NYC Memorial weekend. Since she lives where she does (for another few days, anyway), it feels like the pressure's really on to seek out impressive meals when she's here. And this trip, I think we made out like bandits.
Saturday lunch: Yamazato
Yamazato is a top notch sushi restaurant right in Alexandria. It's easily one of my favorite restaurants, and it did not disappoint. We split two rolls and a sashimi platter, which came with big fat slabs of salmon and white toro, melt-in-your-mouth tuna and yellowtail, and a few more pieces I don't quite recall. Shannon liked that her green tea came with grains of toasted rice in the tea strainer. It was a marvelous meal to start off our "eatinerary."
Saturday dinner: Ray's to the Third
Max and Agnes were able to join us for dinner at one of the steak houses owned by the guy who owns Ray's Hellburger. My steak came served with wild mushrooms and a sauce made with truffle oil. Tom and Max got the steak with roasted bone marrow. Shannon's peppercorn-crusted filet mignon came with bleu cheese and béarnaise. Agnes got a bacon-topped burger. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the mac & cheese we got for the kids. But I would eat there again quite happily.
Sunday lunch: Maine Ave Fish Market
Sunday we metro-ed into DC to check out (among other things) the oldest surviving fish market in the country. It was pretty huge, and we walked around a bit looking at everything on offer before settling down with some tasty crab cakes and fried shrimp for lunch. There's nowhere to sit down, but one of the food vendors has some counters where you can stand and eat, so we did that. A looooong walk around the city followed, before we ended up not far from Dupont Circle for dinner.
Sunday dinner: The Pig
If you come to DC and can eat only one place, eat here. We had an amazing dinner - greens & bacon, and beets & greens for starters, then braised cheek, charred belly, crispy shank, and rabbit roulade for our shared entrees, and then a sundae bloody sundae and caprese cone for dessert. Blood chocolate ice cream sundae with a chunk of spicy bacon peanut brittle (drool), and then a rolled waffle cone stuffed with goat cheese mousse, served with tomato sorbet & a basil gelee. Oh. My. Word. It sounds funky but trust me. Ah-MAZ-ing food. I can't wait til my Mom comes to visit later this month, so we have an excuse to go again. ;)
Monday lunch: La Tasca
The Tapas were pretty good, but with the exception of the duck confit, all the meat was overcooked. After the perfectly cooked steaks at Rays and pork at The Pig, this was rather a bit more noticeable. But the fried eggplant was good, and it's hard to go wrong with churros & chocolate sauce for dessert.