Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where to Surf and Turf in the District

I recently tried two new (to me) restaurants. One specializes in delicious red meat; the other is known for its fresh seafood. It was a tasty week, and I recommend checking out both places.

First up was turf at Medium Rare.

Upon entering, I thought "now this is my kind of place." Brick walls, simple tables, semi-open kitchen, big windows looking out onto the bustling Connecticut Avenue strip of Cleveland Park. All good things.

Only after we were seated and had ordered a bottle of cozy Cabernet, did I realized that there was no menu. Just steak. And french fries. And wine.  Yup, true story.

The server asked us how we wanted our steak prepared. We both said medium rare (so predicable). Then salads were served. Then the steak and frites came out. Everything was delicious. The meat was cooked perfectly and was tender and flavorful. The french fries were thin and crispy. Then, halfway through the meal, a second serving of each was delivered. 

I didn't know what to do when the second round arrived, because I was already quite full. But, of course, I ate a few more bites, because it was really, really tasty.  We skipped dessert because we were stuffed, but everything we did eat was delicious, and I already want to go back again.

Note: I hear that Medium Rare has a great patio.  I know, I know, that sounds totally unappealing right now, but fast forward a few months...and it will be the perfect spot for some al fresco dining.

The very next night we went to Sea Catch Restaurant and Raw Bar for some surf. 

I'd been to lunch at Sea Catch many of times. Sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the canal in Georgetown? Pretty much the best spot in all of D.C. for some mid-day dining. 

Neither my date nor I had been for dinner before. As we were led to our table, past the stone fireplace, the long wooden bar, and exposed brick walls, I thought that it had a somewhat similar feel to Medium Rare. But when we reached the back dining room, it seemed somewhat dated.

That said, we were sat in a very nice corner booth where we got to cozy up next to each other.

We each ordered salads to start.  Both were fine. For dinner, I ordered the salmon. It was cooked to perfection.  My dinner date ordered the tuna.  It was a bit overcooked, but had some really great flavor.  We ordered a nice bottle of savignon blanc to go with our fish, and the service was great. The maitre d' even checked in on us halfway through dinner to see how everything was. Again, there was no room for dessert. Instead, we opted to grab after dinner drinks next door at Bodega, another quality venue.

There you go. Two spots. One for carnivores. One for fish lovers. Both great.

Happy Thursday!

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