October 1, 2015
I have been coming to the Grant Street Inn for about twenty years ever since they opened. They know me, and theoretically they know that I am a big fan of room 30. Alas, on this trip they put me in room 31. The room is nice, but its biggest feature is also its biggest flaw.
The problem with 31 is noise from the 7th Street bus route. It’s OK during the day, but it starts early. Room 30, just around the corner from the pod is much quieter. And room 30 has a fireplace and a nice shower thing with a hot tub feature.
The door to the outside deck is very nice. And the deck makes a great place to delete email as big buses rumble by.
The shower in 31 is reasonable. It is a cube with glass, but not as fancy as it could be.
While in town, try restaurant DO for some interesting Korean food.
Anyway, for forgetting that I really prefer room 30, the Grant Street gets a temporary three showerheads. Until next time!
September 26, 2015
Patowmack Farms Restaurant is located on a bluff above the Potomac river in the northern tip of Loudoun county just past Taylorstown. The setting is gorgeous, but the food is even better.
Chef Tarver King is at the top of his game, creating dishes that are both masterful and highly creative simultaneously. The fact that all dishes emphasize farm to table and locally sourced ingredients is icing on the cake.
We’re lucky to have Volt and Patowmack Farm within close striking distance. World class dining in the mid-Atlantic.
September 24, 2015
Shaher Misif is a dangerous man. But he does feign innocence well.
Highball Lounge has become quite the fantastic place to have a drink, or to get a tattoo.
But it can be dangerous.
September 15, 2015
Located on Thomas Circle in NW Washington, The Donovan is a Kimpton property in the midst of transformation. Apparently, General Thomas was a Union general.
A warm Kimpton greeting was in store (Steph Vogel runs a tight ship). Room 1010 is very nice.
The rooftop bar has real potential. Ditch the pool and improve the bar selection a notch and this place could cook.
Big plans (spun by Derek himself) to visit Southern Efficiency were thwarted by Monday. What? Eat the Rich was also closed. Because the Derek buildings are all situated next door to each other, Mockingbird Hill became the destination.
Ultimately, it was nice to ride the sherry bandwagon for a short hitch. Barman Phil made a delicious Old Fashioned with PX that carried chocolate overtones and reminded us of the Old 48. The pork was delicious.
Our next ill-fated Monday night move was to shlep over to Hank’s Oyster Bar for a bite to eat. Maybe it was an off night, but Hank’s was awful. Service was bad. Food was tasteless. Wine was unavailable. Even the oyster order was flubbed by the waiter (who frankly has no business working the front of the house). The storied bar upstairs was improperly staffed. Done with Hank’s. Cross it off the list.
The night ended on a great note thanks to Jack Rose. Fantastic selection of bourbon. Brittney Roberson was an excellent host.