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Last Taste of Summer

Hurricane Joaquin didn’t have much of an effect on Washington, except for giving us a chilly, overcast weekend.   And neither rain nor snow would have caused the cancellation of the 22nd Annual Taste of Georgetown, sheltered, as it is, under the Whitehurst Freeway, near the Georgetown waterfront.  I spent Saturday there, sampling food from restaurants I’ve not yet visited.

Taste of Georgetown

Taste of Georgetown

The cool weather didn’t keep the crowd away.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

The Beef Bourguignon from Maxime Steak Frites & Bar was exceptional.  I ordered a second portion to go, and added Maxime to my “Must Visit” list.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips, made with ale battered cod and hand-cut chips, from Rí Rá Irish Pub.

Duck Bánh Mì

Duck Bánh Mì

Duck Bánh Mì from 1789 Restaurant.  Bánh Mì, from Vietnam, seems to be everywhere these days.   Bánh Mì refers to the thin-crusted baguette used to make sandwiches.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese

J. Paul’s Dining Saloon had “Award Winning” Chili Mac and Cheese.

Pork Shank

Pork Shank

The Georgetown branch of Dean & DeLuca served an excellent Barbecue Braised Pork Shank w/a Lemon Orzo Spinach Salad.

Very pleasant way to end the day, and the season.


 

Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare

I took a little break from the festival, and walked the half block to the Georgetown waterfront.  The river was high.  That’s Kennedy Center in the background.

On the way, I passed Fiola Mare, which is currently one of the hottest restaurants in Washington.  It’s Number Four on The Washingtonian’s 2015 list of 100 Best restaurants.

I’ve only eaten there once, and, while the meal was excellent, it left me a little unhappy.

I know restaurants survive on the mark-up on drinks.  Fine.   But I was there for lunch, and only wanted a diet Coke.  I was given an 8-ounce bottle.

It cost $5.

Great way to alienate your customers.  I can’t recall the deliciousness of the olive oil poached rockfish served on a bed of quinoa and red peppers marinati, but can clearly remember the price of the drink, and the bitter aftertaste it left.

End of rant.

Fiola Mare — Lunch on 20 January 2015

2015 Winter Restaurant Week, Day 2

Fabio Trabocchi’s Italian seafood restaurant, Fiola Mare, opened about a year ago on the Georgetown waterfront in a complex of restaurants, offices, and up-scale condominiums called Washington Harbour.   I’ve never been sure about the “Harbour” part—the only boats that dock on the Georgetown waterfront are the cruise ships that take tourists a few miles up and down the Potomac.

Fiola Mare is hot.  The Washingtonian ranked it as Number 4 on the 2015 “100 Very Best Restaurants” list.  It’s a beautifully designed large room—140 seats—w/a great view of the Kennedy Center and of Virginia, across the river.  Both the food and service validated the Washingtonian’s high ranking.

The English translation for “Fiola Mare” is “Daughter of the Sea.”

Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare Trout

Trout

Citrus Cured Ocean Trout.  That’s arugula again, which topped yesterday’s Pork Loin main at Poste.  Looks like kale, unavoidable a couple of years ago, has been replaced as the default green.  The pesto was made w/basil Genovese, which, I’ve discovered, is generally considered the best basil for pesto.

Fiola Mare Bass

Rockfish

Olive Oil Poached Local Rockfish. on a bed of quinoa and red peppers marinati.

Fiola Mare Dessert

Dessert

Marchesi Chocolate Terrine.   Pasticceria Marchesi is a Milanese shop known for its pastries and chocolates since the 19th century.   Prada recently bought an 80% share of the company.  This dessert, w/pistachio mousse and mint, was perfection.

So the food and service were great.  My one complaint:   The charge for my 8-ounce Diet Coke was $5.  I know that restaurants mark up wine by 200 – 400 percent, but a 1000+ percent mark up on soft drinks seems excessive.


Georgetown Waterfront, outside Fiola Mare

KC