Once upon a time, DC was not a good place for good food. There were one or two steak restaurants and some chain dining...but nothing really special. Until one day, some how, DC became foodie and unbelievably, became home to the nation's #1 rated restaurant. And it was time for me to take advantage of this turn of events and make eating at new places in DC a priority.
So in this new category on the blog, I'm going to chronicle my dining experiences in the DMV for you. Tell you what I ordered and if it was meh, great, shitty or life changing. Tell you what we did before/after eating so you have something to do nearby the restaurant. And maybe most importantly, tell you how to eat healthy the next day or the day of so you can eat LITERALLY WHATEVER you want and not feel guilty. It's about balance and I know that can seem difficult to start, but I hope that my sharing what I did as a nutritionist who freaking loves food will help you. Also, I am not a food critic. I'm not a know it all pain in the ass, photograph everything annoying food blogger. This is just from me (and the husband) to you, my experience and hopefully a guide.
First on the list is the best of the best: Rose's Luxury.
Rose's Luxury:: 717 8th St SE
What We Ate:
- Mezcal Cocktail
- Smoked Trout Mousse with Apples and Chervil
- Pork Sausage, Habanero and Lychee Salad **Favorite of the night
- Smoked Brisket with White Bread, Horseradish and Slaw
- Coconut Ice Cream
- Avocado White Chocolate Ice Cream (Sent over by our server)
What We Thought: Huge duh here but it was the best meal we've ever had. Ever. Every dish was so well balanced and you need to trust your server. Order what they recommend. Ask if you don't know how much to order. I swear that the staff and the atmosphere are 40% of the experience. And they rocked. We asked our server to put us wherever she wanted to which she said we seemed like her kind of people and gave us a seat at the chef's table where we were about 3 feet from the kitchen and facing in. It was awesome.
What We Did That Day: Caught a 1 PM Nationals baseball game which ended at 4, walked up to Rose's to stand in line by 4:20 where a line had already formed. Perfect timing.
Words of Wisdom: Rose's does not take reservations. If you want to eat here, make it your priority. Literally take the time to wait in line before opening, or you're probably not eating there. We went on a Wednesday and an hour before opening there were already 10 people ahead of us. By opening, the line was a block plus long. Make it a priority or you're not eating there. And you SERIOUSLY need to eat there.
What We Ate The Next Day: Green juice (kale, lemon, apple, cucumber) for breakfast, smoothies (frozen berries, protein powder and skim milk) for lunch, salad with a slice of pizza on top for dinner. Also, lots of water. The food was really, really perfectly seasoned but we aren't used to that much sodium in a day (especially since we had pretzels and one of us had a hotdog at the stadium).
Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.