Granville Moores in DC

Even though we live in the burbs, we get the chance to go out in DC a fair amount. This past weekend we found a treat in a little dive on H Street called Granville Moore’s. If you didn’t know it was there, you would walk right by and have no idea what you were missing.

The inside is dark, cozy and jam-packed. It’s definitely a dive, but in a cool way. Their specialty is Moules – French for mussels.  They serve them in a variety of styles ranging from spicy to traditional. Even though I’m not a huge fan of mussels I decided to give them a shot along with some frites. We had the Jalfrezzi and Marinere flavors; I really enjoyed the Marinere, while the Jalfrezzi (Indian spices) was a big weird for me. The frites were excellent. We topped it off with the seasonal dessert – Pumpkin Spice cheesecake which was very good.

Granville Moore’s also has a great beer selection with a decent draft selection and an extensive bottled list. My favorite brew of the evening was the 21st Amendment “Allies Win the War!” – it was dark, smooth, and hoppy.

Good food, fun atmosphere, and great beer – doesn’t get much better.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo

A friend brought over some Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA beers the other night. I’ve recently ventured into the wide world of IPAs and I have to say this is one of the better ones I’ve had so far. It starts clean like some other IPAs, and towards the middle you start getting that hop flavor that can easily get too bitter; but right as you think it’s going to make you pucker it smooths out into a wonderfully subtle sweet finish. I’m really enjoying this beer.

BGR or Bust

I finally got a chance to try BGR over in Columbia near Target this weekend. I’m a big burger fan, so I was excited to see a restaurant arrive dedicated to the art of making a good burger. The lady who took our order was very friendly and helpful. Since this was a bit of test run, I went for the plain burger, american cheese, lettuce, and tomato.  I went simple on the fries as well. I was definitely surprised by the prices: even with a plain-jane burger and fries, the cost rivaled most nicer, sit-down restaurants in the area.

Before I go into the meal itself, it’s worth knowing a bit about how BGR is set up. It’s a mid-speed restaurant – not fast food, but not sit-down either. You walk in, stand in line to place your order, then they give you a pager and you find a table and wait on your food.  They serve soda, milk shakes, many types of burgers and fries, and onion rings, but they do not serve alcohol. I will say the onion rings looked really good, but we didn’t have any. One advantage of this setup is that you don’t have to tip – which helps (marginally) offset the higher prices.

Once we placed the order, they gave us a pager and we found a seat, and waited… and waited… and waited. I was pretty surprised that what seemed to be a mid-speed food joint would take that long to make a (plain) burger.  Now, I understand that it’s probably because they made if from scratch with TLC and all, but it still seemed to take too long.

When it finally did come up, the presentation was nice and the portions were quite reasonable. The meat had a nice chargrilled flavor, the bun was light and fairly unremarkable, and there was a healthy helping of cheese melted onto the burger (which I liked).  All-in-all it was a pretty good burger.  However, my favorite part of the meal was the ginormous chocolate-chunk cookie we had for dessert – they used just enough dough to keep all the chocolate together.

Given the cost of the meal, the glacial food preparation speed, and the fact that I couldn’t get a beer with the burger, I have to second Mr. HowChow’s sentiment that I would prefer to just go on over to Victoria Gastro Pub for my next burger. I think it would just as fast (or probably faster), I can get excellent beer, and it probably wouldn’t cost any more (except for the beer).

It wasn’t a total bust, but I don’t think I’ll be going back to BGR anytime soon.

Let’s give it a try

So, I’ve been thinking about starting  a blog for a long time, but have never really taken the time to sit down and make it happen. I’m an avid reader of blogs, and I love catching up on local blogs that detail restaurants, pubs, dives, bars, and cafes.  I’m also a bit of a beer geek, and the idea of contributing back to the local blog scene with some reviews/thoughts on food and drink (mainly beer) is appealing.

My goal is to post regularly and hopefully generate some interest in good food and drink in our area. Hope you enjoy!