Lincoln….. A Great Choice in Washington DC

IMG_0440This is a another long overdue post (you’ll see a theme here!), as I first visited Lincoln during restaurant week last  fall and have been a few times since.  On each visit I’ve been impressed with the menu, which is unique and changes seasonally, as well as with the exceptional service.   My first visit was on a very crowded weekday evening and I sat at a table in the bar; I was by myself.   The waiter was perfect – not too pushy and didn’t make me feel like I needed to rush to finish my meal.  His recommendations were spot and he even came by to chat occasionally; I suspect he was curious about the notes and photos I was taking!

The selection of wines by the glass is a bit limited, however the options they do have are excellent.  One of my favoriteIMG_0441s was the Beuhler, California Chardonnay.  There is an extensive choice of spirits and some very unique cocktail options, including infusions such as Bacon Bourbon and Serrano gin.

Back to the menu, which is one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a while.  Most ingredients are locally sourced and it includes unique combinations of ingredients.  This is definitely a good place to venture out of your comfort zone;  everything is small plates or tasting portions which provides the perfect opportunity to try several different things.  I found it very hard to decide on only a few things, which is why I’ve gone back on nearly every trip to DC.  Also, since the menu changes each eason I’m always excited to see what is new.  When they are on the menu, I would say the  seasonal mason jars are a must try.  I also loved the Maryland crab tots with Old Bay aioli. One the menu now is a Chef’s Seasonal Tasting; a great option if you want to have someone else decide for you!

For dessert it was Corn DonughtIMG_0443s with sweet summer panna cotta and chilled blueberry compote.  YUM!!

This is a very hip space and you must be sure to check out the floor, which is made from pennies.  I’ve read some complaints that it is noisy, which is true, however it is a great bar scene and the noise is worth it when you consider the excellent food!





Venturing out again in Washington DC – Range

On a business trip to DC my friend took me to Range in Chevy Chase Pavilion.  According to their website Range “offers modern interpretations using seasonal ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region prepared through classic and progressive techniques”.  At first I was a little skeptical, as this is a massive space that is located in the middle of a shopping mall, albeit a very high-end shopping mall.  My skepticism was quickly erased when our first starter arrived!  This is a newish venture from Bryan IMG_0515Voltaggio of Top Chef.  We started with the charcuterie board, which was a mix of  fresh-baked, crisp grilled bread, some thinly sliced salami and a delicious pate.

We then moved on to the Hamachi crudo, which was my favorite dish of the evening.  It was ultra-fresh, melt-in-your-mouth tuna.  For an entrée I had the swordfish, which is one of my favorite choices for fish.  While the fish itself was quite good,  I didn’t love the preparation, as it distracted a bit from the nice fresh fish.

Wine by the glass a theme for me.  I’m a big Chardonnay fan, and also often like to switch wines during the meal as the food changes, so I frequently drink wine by the glass, which makes a good selection of by the glass choices especially important to me.  They have a nice selection by the glass and the wait staff was quite knowledgeable in terms of the wine menu.

With so many innovative options on the menu, this is definitely a place where you want to try a variety of dishes to share.  Overall, we had a good experience and I’d recommend checking it out if you are ever in the area.