Poe’s Tavern

My favorite beach happens to be home to my favorite beachside restaurant. The aforementioned beach is Sullivan’s Island and the aforementioned restaurant is Poe’s Tavern. The name of the restaurant is somewhat of an “ode” to Edgar Alan Poe. When Poe was 18, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at the end of Sullivan’s Island. One of my favorite parts about my dining experience at Poe’s is the crows (ravens if you will) that sit on the phone wires and watch you eat your meal.

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The menu is simple and classic; offering quesadillas, a variety of burgers that can be made with meat or chicken, and my personal favorite for a day by the sea, fish tacos.

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Open year round, it doesn’t matter what season it is—when I eat at Poe’s it always a beach day.

http://www.poestavern.com

Who I would take as my date: Beach crew

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Whole Foods: Five After Five

Something spectacular is happening in my hometown—and most likely, yours too. On Thursday nights, at 5 o’clock, for five dollars, you get access to five tables serving small plates accompanied by wine. Notice the theme?

Not only is this a fun time to mingle with townies, it is also a good way to:

-taste new plates

-have dinner for under $5

-fill up a grocery cart

Curry Peach Tilapia + Mas Carlot Rose

Quinoa with Peaches and Cherries + La Formica Soave

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/five-after-five

Thank you, Whole Foods.

Mintwood Place

Every once and a while I am reminded of why am I am so infatuated with cuisine and the art of gastronomy. It is meals that leave me with an “ohemgee”, “oh la la la”, “ah ha” expression on my face. This expression on my face was one I wore throughout Europe, but while back in the states it has been a rare occurrence. It was at my Dad’s birthday celebration in DC where I felt this connection to my meal all over again. 

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After biking around the DC neighborhood of Adams Morgan and various other parts of the “town” via Capital Bikeshare, my family had worked up a much deserved appetite*. 

*sidenote the day we decided to bike it was 108 heat index

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We were promptly escorted to the bar where I cooled off with a Garden Preservation,served by the bartender who created this fresh, light, and summery concoction.

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After finishing our refreshing libations, we were seated in the window. I am personally a fan of unique nook spaces, so this suited me just fine—adding to the rustic country home ambiance of the restaurant. 

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The bread was perfection. After living in Paris and having bread for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—I feel I have the credentials to verify this loaf. It was warm, crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. 

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A unexpected match made in food heaven was this split pea + mussel soup. It was so flavorful, yet not in-your-face powerful. It felt as if each of my taste buds had been kissed by an angel. 

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Tagliatelle Bolognese 

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Silver hake, fava beans, swiss chard, piperade, squash blossom. A plate this colorful, you know it’s gonna be good. 

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Wood-grilled swordfish and shrimp, beets, goat cheese, + espelette curd.

I could go on and on about how good the food is, but I’d rather just have you go to Adams Morgan and have the pleasure and experience yourself. 

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The meal ended with an expected bang. This warm raspberry + rhubarb crumble sealed the deal. 

http://mintwoodplace.com/index.html

Person I would take as my date: A friend when I am playing “tourguide” around DC

Evo Bistro

I wouldn’t call myself a wine snob, but the wine classes and tastings I participated in in Paris definitely don’t help my case. I know a thing or two about wine, that’s why I was so excited to find this gem right near my home. 

The appetizers during happy hour were $5 each, providing a perfect excuse to “keep em’ coming.” 

Assorted Olives

Mussels (with the most incredible white wine sauce)

Patatas Bravas (a favorite my gluten-free friend introduced me to in Barcelona, think creamy, spicy, warm potatoes)  

Grilled artichokes

From now on when I need a happy hour go-to, I will be in the car on my way to Evo Bistro

Who I would take as my date: Anyone who can appreciate a good glass of wine

http://www.evobistro.com