I haven’t been to D.C. since I was in the 4th grade so when I heard I was going to meet my mom up in the Virginia/D.C. area for a weekend I was ecstatic. I love exploring different cities after living in Cleveland and then going to school in Chicago. I definitely have wanderlust that’s for sure. In my first day, I successfully explored a tiny bit of the 14th Street Business District in the morning which reminds me of the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. There were a few different restaurants such as B Too, Pig and Commissary. My aunt, uncle and I ended up going to Commissary which was located on P Street. Across from Commissary was a small Whole Foods, a gelato shop, Starbucks and a Lulu Lemon.
Commissary offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and has plenty of outdoor seating – although we unfortunately sat inside which was poorly lit. I ended up getting the “EATWell Sandwich” which was egg whites, avocado and tomato on wheat toast. I subbed eggs for egg whites and they were some of the fluffiest eggs ever, however, the small amount of avocado looked down right pathetic. The fruit too. It was delicious but nothing special.
My family and I were attending a service for our great-grandfather at Arlington National Cemetery that afternoon and afterwards we ended up going to Quarterdeck Restaurant where we ate more than enough crabs. I can’t get enough of crabs. When I was little and my family went to Florida every year for vacation I would eat crab cakes almost every single day.. that’s how much I love crab/seafood. Yet I’ve never been a fan of cracking the crab shells with hammers and getting my hands dirty (key on why I always ordered crab cakes). This time I decided to be different and order mesquite grilled shrimp skewers. They were so good, especially with Old Bay seasoning on the east coast.. you can’t go wrong. I did try some of my mom’s crab and it was just as good as I had remembered from the last time I splurged on crab in D.C.
For dinner there was a SweetGreen right around my hotel and after doing my usual “I’m-going-to-a-new-city-and-need-to-try-every-cool-restaurant-nearby” motto, I really really wanted to try it. Let me just say that all of the ingredients were delicious and fresh tasting but for $10 for a salad with only 4 toppings… a bit over-priced. SweetGreen sells frozen yogurt, salads (or wraps) and fresh pressed juices. Although you can choose a pre-made salad from the menu, I decided to make my own. They have toppings from almonds and pita chips to sauteed mushrooms and quinoa. Some of their dressings include pesto vinaigrette, miso sesame ginger (vegan) and what I got: lemon tahini (also vegan).
My mix was spinach, romaine, sweet potato chunks, grape tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, baked falafel and the lemon tahini dressing. Although it was rather pricey… I would probably go bake just for the baked falafel. Definitely on my bucket list of things I need to make this summer. No doubt. Especially since there are no SweetGreen’s anywhere in Ohio or Illinois.
Overall the first day in D.C. was great. There are so many more places I wish I could eat at and photograph, along with monuments and art to see. Here’s to a great rest of the (short) weekend!