Been There, Ate That

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaccckkk! Hey besties, it’s been a while but I have a lot to share with you since I’ve been gone (sings Kelly Clarkson). According to Eater DC there a quite a few new restaurants popping up in DC this spring. I am thrilled to try as many as I possibly can and of course share them with my besties. Here are the places I have been to since my last post in January 😱.

OceanaireSeafood Room

High-end chain offering seafood, steaks, and a deep wine list in sophisticated but lovely environs.

Yet another DC Restaurant week success! This is probably my favorite place that I’ve dined at so far. The food quality and overall experience was unmatched compared to my previous restaurant week experiences. There was variety to the restaurant week menu, which I liked because most establishments give very selective options during this time. Wait time for the table was under 5 minutes, the ambiance was spectacular, and the service was top-notch. The food exceeded my expectations and I still have dreams about the mashed potatoes. Everything I ate melted in my mouth and was engulfed with its own flavor.

Grade: A++

 

 

Jinya Ramen Bar

Japanese noodle bowls based on rich broths, plus appetizers and drinks, in industrial-mod space.

First of all… I love Jinya. A trusted source recommended this place to me because they know my love for ramen. I had been searching and searching for a good ramen spot. SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND. Behold, Jinya Ramen is the best I’ve had so far. It gets very packed around dinner, especially on the weekends, so try to get there as early as possible. The wait time is around 30-45 minutes. There is a downstairs and an upstairs and both generally look the same. The decor is very modern Japanese style and I love that. I get the Spicy Miso Ramen with the meat on the side (I am semi-vegan) with extra noodles and spinach. The flavors in the broth are so invigorating that it makes me crave more. I am starting to think that there are addictive ingredients in there.

Grade: A++

 

 

Mi Vida Resturante

Celebrity chef’s high-end Mexican fare in a glamorous bi-level setting with killer waterfront views.

The Wharf DC just reopened after years of construction and renovating and it is a bustling scene. I dined here on a Saturday night during the Cherry Blossom Festival and it was hundreds of people down by the water front. All the restaurants were either booked and not talking walk-ins or the wait time was 2 1/2 hours. Of course, I waited two hours, what else was I going to do? The service here is average, the decor is unique but authentic to the Mexican culture. The menu is eclectic but limited, so not your traditional Mexican dishes. The Platos Principales (main dishes) are prepared mostly with a sauce or cream but the did have tacos and seafood dishes. My food had two very distinct flavors. One was a sweet glaze and the other was a spicy citrus flavor. Definitely, something I’d never experienced so it was new to my palette. Overall, I enjoyed my food but I didn’t have that “wow” factor.

Grade: B

 

 

Founding Farmers DC

Co-op-owned American eatery dishing out market-driven comfort cuisine along with rustic-chic style.

This will always be a place I will recommend but only this location. From what I hear the Tyson’s location is sub par and very disappointing. I’ve eaten at this DC location several times and each time my food met my expectations. With a reservation the wait time is about 10-15 minutes so I can’t imagine what the wait time is for walk-ins. The service is very good and the waiters are very knowledgeable of the food they offer. The decor is farm to table, country rustic vibes, and very clean. I have had a burger, rotisserie chicken with sides, and seafood. My last meal was seafood and it was delicious but still I would go back and try something new. The cornbread is my favorite thing on the menu because the butter pairs nicely and it melts in your mouth. I also, I just love cornbread so that’s a plus.

Grade: A

 

 

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  1. Definitely visiting Jinya. That Spicy Miso Ramen sounds delish 🙂

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