Does your city / area host a Restaurant Week? It’s a great way to visit new places or try out popular restaurants for a cool price of $35 (3-course dinner) or $22 (lunch)! Found an article about the history.
Tuesday night, I met up with my friend (who just moved into the area), and walked over to The Wharf, the new, vibrant section in Southwest DC (only a few blocks away from the Waterfront metro station). We didn’t have a set location to eat dinner and catch up, but we found out Officina was participating in DC Restaurant Week, so that’s where we ended up.
According to its’ website, Officina is an Italian-inspired culinary collective. I liked the ambiance. By the time we left, it was full of patrons, visiting over dinner and drinks.
Since we didn’t have a reservation, we sat in the cafe / bar section, which was fine.
Our menu consisted of different items in these categories: Antipasti, Paste or Secondi, and Dolci. Here’s what I ordered:
Polpetti (veal and pork meatballs). Very tasty! Flavorful appetizer.
Melanzane Parmigana (w/Baked Eggplant). It looked like a slice of lasagna. I finished most of it. It was pretty good.
Baba au Rhum (Run soaked Neapolitan cake). It was quite light, which I liked since I had the meat and eggplant. But of course, when I took a bite of the Apple. WHOO! It was drenched in the alcohol.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at Officina. I think it would be a cool place to go on a date or an upscale social event with friends.
Across the street was District Doughnut. If you follow me on Instagram, maybe you saw the post I shared my stories about wanting to visit there. So interesting that literally the next day, I would be in the area to check it out. I asked my siblings if they wanted anything and they did. So, I got a half dozen and two for free, since I was the last customer of the day. How cool is that?
Update: They were were delicious. Light and fluffy. I liked the variety of creative flavors and combos.
Anyway, that’s all for today. If you’re looking to enjoy a night out or a fun daytime activity in your backyard, be on the lookout for your local Restaurant week!