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Shaw’s Tavern resembles an American tavern that offers seasonal dishes that contains classic comforts and rustic delicacies. They also have on the best bottomless mimosa deals! Let’s get into it:

  • We loveeeee a good brunch. Shaw’s Tavern presents an old town road type of vibe with tons of wooden fixtures and bar stools. The menu isn’t that conservative though! You can find vegetarian/vegan options and gluten-free options. Some of the mouthwatering menu standouts to me were the mange chipotle BBQ wings, cornbread chicken & waffles, and the farmers vegetarian pizza. I’m a huge fan of lunch foods, so I was lit off the mimosas while celebrating my order!
  • My wonderful plate was made up of a steak & egg burrito w/ homefries. The steak was fantastic! Extremely tender and juicy, but the pico de gallo was so on point! Maybe it was the alcohol talking, but the flavors were all paired together so well. The homefries blew my mind, and the potatoes were crispy and seasoned. Overcooked potatoes are never satisfying, so I was cheesing with happiness! Rules before next brunch: choose Shaw’s Tavern, be hungry, and call your friends. tell them “let’s get drunk”

El Rey is located in Washington, D.C. on U street and known as the bar with nachos and tequila. This combonation is vicious! Let’s get into it:

  • Nachos
    • The nachos from El Rey just hit differently. They seem basic, because they consists of just chips, cheese, jalapeños, and a protein. However, the steak is so juicy. The cheese is pour all throughout the chips, so every bite slaps. The steak + chip combo is so good that I will seek out a piece of steak for every chip I grab. I love a little spice, and the jalapeño adds that plus flavor. Must cop if you ever end up at El Rey.
  • Tequila
    • Tequila + Nachos just go together. El Rey’s margaritas are the perfect compliment to their banging nachos. Their pitcher of margarita is their most popular thing. And….. I see why. they are delicious and strong. This bar is always on my list to hit if I am going to U street. I must go see the best duo in D.C…

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BKK Cookshop is not your typical Thai noodle house. The creative cocktails, asian beers, and street-food-inspired appetizers made this a top Thai restaurant for me. Let’s get into it:

  • Bkk Cookshop is small, however they have turned their restaurant into an intimate and decorative space! I loved how this place felt and looked authentic. It was not one of those gentrified Thai places where you walk in and nobody there looks like they anything about Thai cuisine LOL.
  • The menu presented tons of nice options such as happy hour $3 appetizers, delicious cocktails, and vegan & gluten free alternatives! I am a fried rice enthusiast, so I bodied their spicy basil rice with chicken. I also ordered Thai gyoza, and these lasted on the table maybe 34 seconds before being devoured.
  • The flavors… were amazing! Fried rice is typically a dish that you will know how it will taste. This spicy basil rice gave me flavors I never knew I needed. The chili peppers, fresh basil, and marinated chicken made for a great combination! The gyoza were perfectly battered and paired impeccably with the soy ginger sauce. Everything was so tasty. This is my favorite Thai spot right now, and I WILL DEFEND IT..

Smith Commons is not your common Brunch place. They are open during the week only for dinner, but by the weekend they serving up bottomless mimosas. I had a great time visiting during DMV Black Restaurant Week. Let’s get into it:

  • Big windows, wooden tables, and eclectic music gave Smith Commons a unique vibe. They have tons of exposed brick and a huge chalkboard filled with designs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Becky with the good hair went viral taking a cool picture while there.
  • For starters, we decided to devour the salmon hash! I did not feel confident during the eye test, but this dish aced the taste test. The fresh salmon along with roasted peppers and onions paired so well. Also, the Smith Biscuits were fire. The biscuits covered in creamy grits, bacon, and sriracha sauce will definitely sit on my mind for days.
  • For my main course, I had the chicken and waffles. This was no ordinary chicken and waffles. The waffles were fluffy and topped with fruit. The chicken was roasted instead of fried, and it hit differently! I was in awe over the chicken falling right off the bone and filled with flavor. Pro tip: be a fat ass when you go out to eat, so you are not the only friend at the table with a kale salad.
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Hip City Veg opened 2012. A restaurant that not only introduced people to tasty food that good for their health, but also the planet! This all vegan restaurant presents dishes that debunk the myth that vegan food is just nuts and leaves. Let’s just get into it:

  • The sandwiches:
    • I chose the Ziggy burger, and it went dumb! This is their classic burger with special sauce (we love a good special sauce). The philly steak or crispy hipcity ranch chick’n sandwich also won gold medals from me. Great flavors + good portion size = happy me
  • The sides:
    • The side salads are a solid choice as expected..HOWEVER, the sweet potato fries are a game changer. Some sweet potato fries from places are fresh but not very flavorful. Not these.. They were made with love. Also, the sriracha aioli dipping sauce is 10/10 would recommend!
  • The shakes:
    • Each month they shake up their shakes by adding seasonal flavors. I ordered the pumpkin pie shake, but I was hesitant how this would come out. I took my first sip and there was no looking back! If you ask me to go back to Hip City Veg, this will be my only response..

Old Fields Restaurant is located in Long Island, NY. Their goal is to provide service and food so good that you’ll want to return to Long Island LOL. I had a great meal though, so let’s get into it:

  • Old Fields is a perfect date spot that is near the water, has a fire pit outside, and an intimate interior. The service was amongst the best, and it was so genuine. I showed up having no clue what to order, but they treated me like family and recommended some of their favorites!
  • The menu features a lot great options. I quickly was mesmerized with the three cheese mac n’ cheese, crab and avocado tacos, and the short rib risotto! Fried clams, little neck clams, and oysters were on my mind heavily too. Also they also took up the center of the menu with their steak options, so I had to see what they were talking about. *eyes emoji*
  • The steak came out, and I immediately requested to hug the chef. This steak was the size of my face and sweating with flavor. It was the perfect combination of tender and juicy! The mashed potatoes were the perfect pairing. Fresh potatoes, nice touch of pepper, and the garlic. After not knowing anything about this place, my friend and I pleasantly left the restaurant like..