I eat out a good amount. Some weeks, more than I should. I do get a little upset when I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a good value for my money and with so many great restaurants in the DC area, why should I be okay with eating a bad meal? This past year I have been mentally compiling notes on restaurants that I frequent; which ones are improving, which ones are on the decline, which ones are new that I’m excited about and which have become staples in my dining life. I have boiled it down to a short list…so read on!
On the way up:
Restaurant 3: I admit I had written off this place earlier this year. The first time, all the food was smokey tasting, the second time, the food was just not good. What has changed? Since January, they have changed and expanded their menu to include a lot less expensive items on the menu. The fried green tomatoes, scallops and grits, and burger were all hits with me. I’m glad that they seemed to address the issues with the menu. Combine that with a decent happy hour (goes til 8pm!) I’ll be going more often.
Spider Kelly’s – I have only gotten drinks here previously, but tonight I tried their Spider Kelly’s burger (with pork fat!), black bean burger, wings and ‘cardiac’ macaroni and cheese. Not bad! I agree with Tom Seitsema about the Spider Kelly’s burger having a funny taste to it, but overall I’ve heard decent things about their food, and I’m happy to say that I think it makes it into my rotation. With the decline of Liberty Tavern (more on that in a later post) – Spider Kelly’s sneaks back onto my radar.
What do you think? Have you found a restaurant that has made a rebound this year? Let me know in the comments.
Next up – restaurants that are on the decline…