The Restaurant Project: PS7 (November)

December 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have fallen in love with the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

There are so many thriving restaurants (PS7, Graffiato, Rasika to name just a few that are within walking distance of each other, not to mention The Source and Riot Act Comedy and Poste), you can’t miss on a night out in this area, unless there’s a Caps game you’ve forgotten about and parking is a nightmare, which is what happened to us for November’s project. But we survived.

It’s been on the project docket since winning the people’s choice award at the Top-Dog Half Smoke Challenge back in May … but we finally made it to PS7 in November. Here’s what we ordered:

  • Nutty goat flatbread — I loved this. LOVED it. You can’t do better than bread and goat cheese, but toss in walnut butter? Amazing, and the portion is perfectly sized for two people to split.
  • Roasted fig salad — This dish got rave reviews in a recent writeup in the Washingtonian, but I wasn’t a fan. The figs combined with the candied orange and the cashew vanilla were too rich and sweet, and the frisée didn’t do anything to undercut it. However, the ginger crumbs were yum.
  • Black pepper gnocchi — Scott ordered this as his entree, for a compare-and-contrast with Graffiato’s. He loved it; I had a few bites — it’s very good, a little heavier than Mike Isabella’s, and not at all black peppery.
  • Roasted pork loin — I am unable to resist a menu item that includes Brussels sprouts. These, however, weren’t particularly memorable. The loin itself was really nicely cooked, with just the right amount of crunch on the skin, which made the crispy onions feel like overkill.

The Verdict: I’d definitely go back to PS7, but I’d stick to the lounge, where the flatbreads are available, along with the restaurant’s award-winning half smoke (you can see the trophy from the contest above the bar!). They’ve also got a good-looking selection of cheeses and delicious burgers, and an extensive beer and wine menu. Who’s up for cocktails?

October = We the Pizza
September = Four Sisters
August = We Suck
July = Graffiato
June = Smith Commons
May = Lyon Hall
April = Pubbelly (Miami)
March = Volt
February = Kushi
January = Let’s not talk about it.

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