Hey TA DC,
I have 5 nights (Superbowl Sunday - Thursday) when I will be in town on business travel, staying near the World Bank.
I am from the DC area so I know the city pretty well, the lay of the land and basics on how to get around. But I haven't been back to DC for for two years so I am going to need some help finding some new, solid places to eat and drink.
*Coffee. I am looking for indie Third Wave places associated with or featuring local roasters, notable multi-roaster cafes, places that offer a variety of brewing technique or places known for their competition baristas.
I was reading about Tryst (Adams Morgan) which uses Counter Culture, The Coffee Bar (Logan Circle) which uses Handsome and Ceremony (from Anapolis), Peregrine (Logan Circle 17th and R), which uses Counter Culture, and Filter (Dupont Circle) who uses Ceremony. Does anyone have experience with those. They would have to be for an evening coffee as they are not close at all to my office. I heard Filter has a second location at 19th and I. That would be really convenient for me for morning coffee. Has anyone been there?
What other roasters do you like? I have seen references to Vigilante, Ceremony, M.E. Swing, Qualia (Fresh off the Roast), Quartermaine, Dublin. I'd be interested in trying Vigilante. The closest coffee shop to my location looks like it might be Bean & Bite at 15th and M. Any coffee shops in the vicinity of my hotel that you know of that service Vigilante?
On dinner and drinks I have a pretty wide range of food interests. I have done the gamut from Michelin-starred molecular gastronomy to comfort food, street food and mom and pop kitchens putting out various world cuisines.
Recently I would say that I get more excited about places that have a local, seasonal and artisanal focus. At home I probably eat modern American most often (including places that are nominally doing a European cuisine but modern, outside of the box, and incorporating local and seasonal or American artisanal products. I also tend to really enjoy places that fall under the gastropub umbrella. I am always interested in good tap beer lists with local options and classic cocktails. I am not interested in really formal dining on this trip and frankly any place that you need to book weeks and months in advance I am not going to worry about even calling.
I have read some forum posts and dug into Eater DC & Washingtonian. Here are some places that have jumped out at me:
BistroBar at Menu/MBK
Pearl Dive/Black Jack
Blue Jacket Brewery
I was also intrigued by Toki but it is a hike from my location. It looks like the primary way of getting there would be by taking the X2. I'll be frank in saying that when I grew up in DC I would have never considered getting that close to the Trinidad neighborhood although I see now they are calling that stretch of H the Atlas district and even light rail looks like it is imminent.
Same thing with the area around the Navy Yard where Rose's Luxury and Blue Jacket are.
I have made a reservation at Table (a Bon Appetit Top 50 Best New Restaurant) already. I'm thinking about going to Birch and Barley or at least Church Key one night and I think it is likely I'll get to Jack Rose one night.
I'd appreciate any first hand reviews of those places and if there are some other recommendation that would be great too.