It’s summertime in DC so the time is ripe to visit a new bar or restaurant and find out what you’ve been missing.
Chaplin’s Restaurant & Bar
You’ve probably heard of Chaplin’s and if you haven’t experienced this spot yet, you should rectify that as soon as possible. Not only do they have one of the best draft cocktail programs in DC, their ramen selections are outstanding. Chaplin’s decor is best described as a 1920’s themed Japanese Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. The décor represents a modern interpretation of Tokyo, Japan when silent films began to carve a place in Japanese culture. The dark and rustic “film noir” motif in Chaplin’s restaurant is based on entertainment which compliments Chef Myo Htun’s authentic Japanese and Ramen menu and a mix of both 1920’s classic cocktails and modern interpretations of classic craft cocktails, Beer, Sake and Wine.
Brick & Mortar
Brick & Mortar serves classic and original cocktails, bringing together traditional ingredients with some undeservedly under-utilized components. They feature premium international and American craft spirits and offer an impressive list of small-production wines from both Old and New World wine regions. Their variety of beers is a mix of local and international breweries. When it comes to food, Brick & Mortar serves bold, American flavors.
Co Co. Sala
Co Co Sala has quickly become a DC treasure. Any chocolate lover will indulge on their selection and their Cocojito is an exquisite experience that is a must try for anyone visiting. Their menu has a plentiful selection of classic dishes with a unique twist. The interior design compliments the experience, a sophisticated space that illustrates the multiple functions it supports.Osteria Morini
Osteria Morini D.C. at the Yards gives you a soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Morini’s menus offers a wide array of smaller plates and larger platters. Guests are encouraged to begin their meal with a variety of cured meats, crostini, antipasti and other small starters to share. White’s signature pasta offerings are served with a variety of traditional ragus and delicately stuffed pastas from Emilia-Romagna. Meats also have a starring role in the entrees, especially the Carne ai Ferri (simply grilled meats and spit roasts). The wine list includes affordable wine selections focusing on the north central regions of Liguria, Umbria, Tuscany, Southern Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche, with sparkling wines like prosecco and lambrusco strongly represented. Osteria Morini showcases an extensive selection of Italian aperitifs and digestifs as well as a signature Italian-inspired cocktail list.
Their Maine Lobster Ravioli is pricey but worth it. Fiola is a modern upscale trattoria and uses the freshest ingredients for its daily changing lunch and dinner menus. Fiola’s wine list is extensive and great variety is used to compile wines from Italy, Spain, France and the United States. They also have a large bar serving classic and modern cocktails.
The Black Squirrel
Thursday night at The Black Squirrel is burger night, where you can get their classic or veggie burger plus boardwalk fries or a salad for $5.49. Located in Adams Morgan between La Fourchette and the Amsterdam Falafelshop, The Black Squirrel also offers a fine selection of beer and sandwiches.
They have been serving a 5-course dinner, 5 nights a week, since the summer of 1987. The menu changes daily with choices in each course and guests will find a wine list that’s 100% Italian except for a rosé and a wine that the Obelisk owners make themselves.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
A DC staple, Jack Rose knows their beer and spirits. They also know great food and having a fun and inviting atmosphere. What you might now know is their selection of cigars that are offered in the Dining Saloon.