I love Restaurant Weeks because they give me an excuse to enjoy two of my favourite Deadly Sins: Greed and Gluttony. Greed, because I can dine on excellent food for relatively little money, and Gluttony, because…I can dine on excellent food.
The plan this summer was to visit only places that were new to me. I had my schedule all set, when the Passion Food Hospitality group announced that they’d be offering a preview of Restaurant Week on the Friday before the official start date. I immediately made a reservation for lunch at District Commons. Not only had I eaten there before, I planned to have basically the same meal.
District Commons is a big, loud, busy restaurant in a part of DC called Foggy Bottom, which is between Georgetown and the White House. Over the past few decades, George Washington University has taken over much of the surrounding area.
Passion Food Hospitality is a group of seven Washington-area restaurants, including, besides District Commons, Passionfish, and Acadiana. I’ve dined at five of the restaurants, and I’ve always been happy with my meals.
Served with optional onion, sour cream, and cheese toppings, and a delicious little cornbread muffin.
This is the main reason I came back to District Commons: To see if the Shrimp & Grits was really as good as I remembered it to be.
Servings here are generous, and for the second time, I took more than half my main home for late night snacking. The dish was composed of Sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Tasso Ham, Creamy Cheese Grits, and the usual base of carrots, onions, and celery that New Orleanians call “The Holy Trinity”.
I think I’ve just decided to go back to The Big Easy next February.
The last time I was here, dessert was an amateurish disappointment. This Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae was a serious improvement. Cheesecake Ice Cream, Macerated Strawberries, and a Graham Cracker Crust.
The whole experience was a great lead-off for the weeks to come.