A lot of the appeal to this place is that we went when the restaurant was relatively empty. A table outside with a dog, a quiet pair of friends and a few people at the bar gave the place a sleepy quality that made us able to better enjoy the meal and conversation.
Both times we have eaten here we have found the menu to be interesting with basic american dishes served with well-performed twists. The quail-egg burger was tasty and we enjoyed the berry slathered pancakes, buttermilk battered calamari and pizzas. Expect to pay more for these dishes as an actual chef has to come up with them, but it is usually a meal within $50 for two, including tip.
The restaurant sits by the roadside, though above the road by a good five to ten feet. There are views at the windows or other tables further away from the bar toward the back. Outside dining is also nice in the summer as MacArthur Blvd isn't particularly busy what with the neighborhood busy at home counting their money.
A good time to go is at the close of brunch on the weekend as the crowds have gone on to whatever else they can manage in their tipsy state, or early dinners. The ambiance of little lights on finished wood is nice. One could also visit for a drink and be comfortable as the bar is a central focus and attentively tended, even during off hours. Driving or the bus is a must and we suggest you bring change for the meters directly in front of the restaurant, or drop your party off and then park on a side street. Watch for DC's notoriously specific sign times or else plan to add more dollar signs to your meal cost.
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