Welcome back Dear Readers, Dear Friends.
Dining in the Nation's Capital can be a real treat.
And last week I traveled downtown for a very, very, lovely evening at
The Blue Duck Tavern.
I suggest you do the same.
The ambiance - American Craft/Minimalism - is very nice.
The service, by a woman named Darlin,
was friendly, knowledgable, and attentive.
It could not have been better.
The food was prepared and served beautifully.
My brother Eric had come in to visit with me and he started off with the
Butter Poached Maine Lobster
Crispy Ossabaw Pork
Split Pea Emulsion
pictured at the top.
I started off with gorgeous, subtly full flavored
Oysters on the Half Shell
Housemade Vinegar, Shallots
I usually order oysters from
Prince Edward Island or the Pacific Northwest.
These local oysters from the Rappahannock
were a revelation!
In honor of our Dad
I had to try an order of the
Crispy Fried Veal Sweetbreads
Bourbon Marinated Peaches
Roasted Path Valley Farm Sweet Peppers
and I know that Dad would've swooned tasting them.
For his entree,
Eric had the
Wood Oven Roasted Barbeque Chicken
Corn Bread Puree, Collard Green Marmalade
Charred Pearl Onion.
He'd still be noshing on the
Marmalade & Pearl Onions if there was any left!
This time of year I often indulge in duck
and this night I truly enjoyed their
Muskovy Duck Breast
Duck Leg Ragout, Apricot Marmalade.
potatoes and grains
section of the menu and the
Hand Cut BDT Triple Fries
fried in duck fat of course.
Light & refreshing
Cured Tomatoes, Almonds
Lemon Confit, Mint
Preserved Lemon, Spiced Pecans
Everything a delight.
Desserts included a delectable
Nectarine Blackberry Crumble, Cornmeal Crunch
Olive Oil Hazelnut Genoise, Peaches, Rosemary.
Eric smacked my hand away when I reached over to bite his crumble!
And to think that I'd let him try my little slice of heaven!
Espressos were enjoyed by all.