I decided to consult my friend Robin for D.C. restaurant recommendations. I met Robin in the foyer of Parsons Paris back in 2007. She had just returned from her solo-travels and all she could talk about was the fabulous food she enjoyed. In that moment I knew she was good people. We shared many-a-Parisian-meal together and since then some in NYC, Annapolis and lastly Charleston, SC! I knew she would be the perfect person to consult regarding D.C.-eats. Foodie minds think alike!
Among her fabulous recommendations was the Blue Duck Tavern located in the Park Hyatt hotel. Oddly enough I had heard of the name before. When I went to the site I was sold on the first-come and first-served bar option. With a full itinerary we had no idea what time we would want to sit for dinner. This provided flexibility and a menu with killer side dishes that later that day became our mains!
(Pictured Above Clockwise): Brussels Sprouts-with cranberries, bacon and pecans. (2nd Dish): The Hand-Cut Famous BDT Fries- thick potato wedges twice fried in oil then duck fat for a crispy outside and decadent moist potato(ey) inside. (3rd Dish): Black Garlic Caesar Charred Broccoli-with pig ears and Virginia peanuts. The Brussels were a solid side with your sweet, tart and savory crunchy pecan bits. The BDT fries are NOT to be missed and your server will certainly assure you. Sadly, I had a bone to pick with the chef over the charred broccoli. It was cooked to tender perfection, however chomping down on the pigs ear really sent a bone chilling sensation down my spine. It was hard as nails! Luckily it appears that their generously-portioned vegetable sides change seasonally. (This guy had to go.)
All’s well that ends well with a big tub of ice cream! Yes, that is a giant wooden spoon in their for perspective.
After dinner was over we rolled next door to see the foyer of the Park Hyatt D.C.. I finally realized why I recognized the name of this restaurant! As it turns out I had cataloged many pictures of the cherry blossom installations and the Blue Duck Tavern for my first job out of college. Back then I was working as “coordinator” of sorts…Whatever that was? Every now and again the universe likes to remind us of how far we’ve come and all that we’ve achieved in the most peculiar ways and at the most unsuspected moments. It keeps us grateful that we are no longer where we used to be.
Cheers to dodged bullets & God Bless America!
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