As you can imagine, I ate A LOT on my recent trip to DC. I could sit here and write a book on all the places I checked out, but instead I'm just going to cover the highlights of my trip and maybe a couple of low-lights. That still narrows it down to seven restaurants, so preparate. I'm breaking it up into two (maybe 3) posts; I'll try to keep it sweet and to the point.
My first stop was Busboys and Poets, recommended to me by a few people including The DC Cupcake Critic herself. Upon walking half a block to the restaurant you could tell this place was bursting at the seems, as if they were giving away the food. I walked up to the hostess and asked for an approximate wait for a table of 4 and nearly fainted when she said “2 hours.” AINT NO BODY GOT TIME FO DAT! I walked over to where they had first come/first serve dining and found an empty seat. The restaurant itself is divided into a book store, lounge and dining room. They host open mic nights and poetry readings weekly, in other words it's a Miami hipster's wet dream. People were crammed into this place so tight, you'd think Beyonce was about to lip sync the national anthem.
I went with their Mekhleme, which is their take on Iraqi corned beef hash. It looked more like picadillo con papas y salsa de tomate instead of corned beef hash, but irregardless it's delicious. The “hash” comes topped with two perfectly poached eggs and some whole grain toast. The seasoning is slightly spicy, rich and like nothing I'd ever had before. This dish was very filling and for $11.00, I found it to be reasonably priced too.
Washington, DC 20009
Along with my “Cheese Magic,” I got an order of their chocolate enrobbed bacon, naturally. Their crisp bacon is covered in dark chocolate and then lightly sprinkled with sea salt. It's all sorts of wonderful, slightly salty, creamy and crispy all at the same time. I even got a pack of it in their chocolate boutique (located right next door to the restaurant) to bring home to Miami.
For my dessert, I opted to go with their Some More Crème Brulee. It consists of chocolate crème brulee topped with toasted marshmallows and homemade graham crackers. It was light and rich all at the same time. The crème brulee also came with an earl greay chocolate truffle. As much as I loved the crème brulee, I was not crazy about the truffle. The flavor of the truffle was to flowery and fragrant for my own personal taste. None the less, I'd get this crème brulee again in a heart beat.
If you're ever in DC, be sure to check out this restaurant or at the very least check out the chocolate boutique directly next door. The food is delicious every time and rarely disapooints. Even the service at this place was great. My waitress, Mayra Elizabeth, was attentive, courteous and took the time to answer all of my nerdy questions. This place is a definite must.Restaurant Details:
Co Co. Sala
929 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004