We are all aware that Washington DC is the hub of politics. With the constant battle for power, the Washington DC insiders draw crowds of people daily to walk the halls of our Congress and Senate buildings. All that walking can lead to thirsty and hungry people so I have decided to review three gastropub restaurants in Washington, DC.
The first restaurant I found was Churchkey. It boasts they have five casks, fifty drafts and five hundred bottles of beer! Conveniently located on 14th just above Birch and Barley in the heart of DC, they are a favorite place to unwind at the end of the day.
Built in 2010, Churchkey was built to offer a wide spectrum of beer styles, traditions, artisans and regions. They have three climate-controlled cellars to store their craft beers. Even the Washington Post declared it was the best beer bar in the city.
Their events are some of the most talked in the area. For instance, in October they hosted an event with their pal at Crooked Run Brewing and Hidden Ale Works. They poured at least thirteen different drafts introducing their new beers. For Halloween they featured the “Night of the Living Ales: Part 8” offering forty wild and funky ales. Many times, there is no admission fee, you just need to buy the beer!
While enjoying a beer why not have a bite to eat. Their Snacks and Salads are a good place to start. Begin with the Deviled Eggs with smoked pimento and chili oil. Of course who could pass up their House Made Tater Tots. Round that out with the Bibb “Wedge” salad with goat cheese fritters, lardons, tomato, scallion and avocado green goddess dressing.
They make their own flatbreads that can be topped Margarita style or with Calabrian salami with mozzarella cheese. Perhaps a sandwich would be to your liking. Try the fried chicken sandwich with smoked pepper aioli and agugula or the gnocchi alla pomooro with heirloom tomatoes, melted garlic and basil.
Finish up the evening with something from their Sweet Treats menu like chocolate hazelnut cookies with bourbon milk or the gala apple fritters with cinnamon sugar.
It is a good bet you will join the over one thousand people who have posted a review online you too will give them four and one-half stars.
Granville Moore’s Brickyard came to the top of my list because of their Belgian flair. Opening their doors in August of 1007, they wanted to specialize in rare and interesting Belgian beers and amazing food. It quickly became a favorite destination on H Street for locals.
Featured on the Food Networks “Throwdown with Bobby Play” they have acquired national attention from periodicals like Playboy and The New York Times. Declared “Best Mussels in DC” ten years in a row by the Washington City Paper has brought people from all over to give them a try.
Granville Moore’s Brickyard doesn’t just sell beer they offer a wide variety of wines as well as craft cocktails. They have a “Happy Hour” Monday through Friday from five to seven in the evening and Saturday and Sunday from three to seven featuring five-dollar local beers.
They have expanded to boutique events and catering as well. Next time you have an event, you might want to look them up as they guarantee they will give you a very unique approach to their food selection. They also have a semi-private space for twenty-two guests or you can buy out the restaurant and have your own seating up to ninety people.
Imagine having a private event at Granville Moore’s Brickyard. You can order their Mussels Banquet for twenty-five dollars a person. You can have your choice of three types of mussels, frites and fresh bread. Or order their Hors D’oeuvres for twenty-five dollars and person and get Steak Au Poivre Skewers, Mini Fish Cakes, Croquettes Monsieurs, Mini Spinach Quiches and Belgian Fudge Brownie Bites. They charge fifteen dollars per person per hour for all you can drink beer or choose the full bar option for only twenty-five dollars a person. It includes, draft beers, wines and rail liquor, oh, and did I mention it all you can drink? Better plan your guests taking an Uber home!
Online they have over two hundred reviews garnishing them a four-point four rating.
Which leads me to Founding Farmers. With over nine restaurants spread on the East Coast they have a rich history for their beginning. They started in 2005 with the members of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Looking to get their food that is raised, harvested and grown on American family farms they wanted people who understand that American farming is essential to our nation.
They are located just three blocks west of the White House making it a destination for not only locals but tourists as well. They opened their first restaurant in 2008 they are a major player for the Green Restaurant Association. Their décor is unique sporting handcrafted farm dining tables to the mezzanine’s silo-shaped booths.
Offering breakfast during the week, lunch and dinner seven days a week they stay busy all the time even serving Brunch Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Their breakfasts offer a wide variety of choices. Pretty much what you would expect for a farm featured breakfast. Their chicken and waffles are a local favorite, however, their Eggs Benedicts get rave reviews from traditional ham to spinach and tomato to sausage and gravy or try the smoked salmon or crab cakes.
Lunch and dinner offers fresh baked breads to garlic black pepper wings to start. One of my favorites is the hot crab and artichoke dip. Soups and Salads start with the traditional Farmers Salad all the way to a Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke.
Burgers and Sandwiches are on the menu as well as Handmade Pasta dishes. Or have one of their signature dishes which include Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Fried Steak to their Shrimp and Grits.
Whatever you are hungry for, you are sure to find something on the menu to please your appetite. Just ask the over five thousand four hundred people who have posted a review online! Hard to beat the four point five stars they have garnered.
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