Normally, at this time of year, I’d be in the midst of planning a February escape to New Orleans, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who’s ever survived a winter in Washington, DC. But one of the major attractions of New Orleans is its glorious selection of restaurants, and, especially this February, Washington is giving New Orleans a run for the money. Not only did Bon Appétit recently name Washington as the “Restaurant City of the Year”, but the presidential Inauguration pushed the starting date of the Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Week from its usual mid-January kickoff to the end of the month.
It started today, and will run, with extensions, through 12 February. And then Alexandria Restaurant Week will begin a week later.
I’ll miss the delightful New Orleans winter weather—I love being able to romp in the warm sunshine while the Northeast is digging out from under blizzards—but I’ll dine well in DC.
First stop: 14K, the American restaurant at the Hamilton Hotel on Franklin Square.
It has been several years since I dined here, but I remembered the service had been exceptional. It still is, and the food matches that high standard. Excellent meal!
I began with Fried Eggplant topped with warm goat cheese and served with an arugula salad and a balsamic glaze.
Yes, I defaulted to Steak Frites as my main, and I’m glad I did. I was lured by the duck fat fries and the black peppercorn-herb butter. Also, my plans include seafood main courses on the next two days, so beef seemed a wise choice.
So many of my favourite tastes on one plate! Dessert was Pistachio Cheesecake with Chantilly cream with a caramel drizzle and a raspberry coulis. Just look at it!