Tono Sushi in DC – OMG, Go, Go, Go!

My friend and I ate at a place after going to the national zoo last year and had an amazing time.  The problem is that we forgot about it until we did a training walk for his walk to help fight breast cancer (you can donate here).  Anyways, when walking by I said we have to go there and I finally know the name, Tono Sushi in the Woodley Park Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Not only is Tono Sushi the best sushi restaurant in DC, it’s a hidden gem.  The food is amazing, the music is weird since they play 1950’s styled pop and the drinks are ridiculously good (ya, I just said that about an Asian restaurant).  Even the dessert menu has multiple options and each one that we tried was delicious.  Tono Sushi is not your typical spot and if you look at the pictures below, you’ll get to walk through our meal and see why we both think that they are the best sushi restaurant in DC.

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What is the Best Pho Restaurant in DC? Click here!

best pho restaurant in dc

When it’s cold and you’re craving that amazing taste, you don’t want to venture out to not have the best Pho in DC.  There are a ton of good Pho restaurants in DC, but none as good as the one we’re going to review.

I’ve tried the smaller one in Columbia Heights that people go crazy for, the one in Adams Morgan by Duplex Diner, and although they are great options, if you want the best Pho restaurant in DC, you have to try the one below.

They have a great assortment of flavors, awesome drinks and even great sides and appetizers if you’re really hungry.  Normally I share recipes and elaborate meals, but my friend and I have been going to this DC Pho restaurant regularly and we’re absolutely addicted to it so that’s why we want to share it with you.  [Read more…]

TICO Restaurant on 14th Street Reviewed – Be Careful!

Crab Tostada at TICO Restaurant 14th Street

Last Tuesday my friend and I went to TICO Restaurant on 14th street in Washington DC.  TICO had only been opened for two weeks so we had to consider that they were only getting their training wheels on.  So with that in mind after finishing our meal we had to ask ourselves if could it have been better, would we go back, could it have been worse, where else would we go if we were craving modern Latino foods?

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It was very tricky to do our TICO reviews because normally we almost 100% agree on food.  This time it was a 100% split…on it.  So if you are looking for TICO reviews for the restaurant on 14th street in Washington DC, you can find out the answers and more with our TICO Restaurant Reviews below.  [Read more…]

Lupo Verde DC Reviews – Read Before You Go

Lupo Verde restaurant

Lupo Verde restaurant

The other night my friend and I ate at Lupo Verde 14th Street in Washington DC.  Because the restaurant only opened a day or two before we got there, there were absolutely no Lupo Verde Reviews or anything anyone posted about Lupo Verde on 14th street online.

The decor looked awesome, I talked to the manager for a minute while he was outside and I was very excited to try them out.  I was definitely not disappointed with our meal, however I do have a couple of quick things you probably want to know before you eat at Lupo Verde on 14th street in DC.

Lupo Verde DC was amazing from the moment we walked in.  They were slightly disorganized but that was also because it was one of their first nights and they were slammed with people.  For being brand new and having full tables and a waiting list, they did an incredible job with offering drinks, smiling and helping us to feel welcome.  The hostess quickly found us a table in the front by the door, but there were 8 stools there which was odd.  That is the first thing I want to warn you about.

Although the food at this really fun Italian Restaurant is amazing, the chairs at the tables in the bar are very close together and there is barely any room.  I also hope you like strangers because as they fill up, you’re stuck sitting and rubbing up against one.  That was a huge turn off for me because I am very OCD and notice things like when people spit when they talk, noises like lip smacking set me off and when people (especially strangers) are stuck next to you where you have no room, this is a nightmare situation.  With the exception of planning ahead to make sure you have your own table, you are in for a treat with their food, but there are a couple other small things you need to know before you go.  Here is some of the food we had which helped us to both love and want to give Lupo Verde reviews that are all 4 out of 5 stars.  The reason it our reviews of Lupo Verde DC aren’t 5 out of 5 are the seating and some small food issues which they will definitely fix as they get settled and continue to make amazing Italian cuisine at Lupo Verde 14th street.

fried artichokes lupo verde 14th street

fried artichokes lupo verde 14th street

The first thing I ate at Lupo Verde was their amazing rosemary and tomatoe bread. This is a must have with their rosemary olive. Holy crap good! The next thing was something that I wouldn’t have normally ordered by my friend wanted to try. The fried artichokes from Lupo Verde DC.

These things were huge, fried and served with a delicious green sauce. The cool thing is that you can literally eat every piece of the artichoke and it all tastes amazing. The fried artichokes at Lupo Verde DC are a must have appetizer that is light, crispy and delicious. Get them if you go…everyone loved them including the people that were also at our table. Next time we go we are getting these and one of their cheese and meat specials instead of the muscles dish that you see below.

lupo verde 14th street reviews

lupo verde 14th street reviews

The triangular bread sandwich thing is the Lupo Verde muscles appetizer. The muscles aren’t what you’d expect which is what I really like. They are served on bread and with a ton of other stuff that I can’t actually say what it is. With everything else on the plate and all of the flavors you’d expect to not taste the muscles. The really cool thing about this dish at Lupo Verde 14th street is that the muscles are still the main flavor on it and everything else compliments them perfectly. It was amazing!

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lupo verde dc reviews

lupo verde dc reviews

After these amazing appetizers it was time for dinner.  My pasta was homemade, perfectly cooked and everything else you’d expect from somewhere that is boutique, makes their own liqours and cordials and also tasted like everything was made from scratch.  Both of our dinners were perfect so I’m not including the pictures and just go and order them.  You’ll love them.  The one thing that came out gorgeous was the cappuccino at Lupo Verde DC.

My cappuccino tasted like watered down coffee with froth.  No espresso, no real coffee taste and not good at all.  They good their appetizers right, their breads amazing and their pastas perfect, but it was scary that an Italian restaurant that pays that much attention to detail would not service a good cappuccino was shocking.  It may have been a one time thing, but if you want a cappuccino after you finished amazing food at an Italian restaurant, they need to get it perfect.  Unfortunately Lupo Verde 14th fell flat, but I can almost guarantee it was a one time thing.  With everything else amazing, including the incredible dessert with fresh gelato (OMG you have to try their gelato!) this was a small flop and it shouldn’t discourage you from ordering one.

Overall Lupo Verde DC is amazing.  Our reviews of Lupo Verde 14th street are all positive and I highly recommend you eat there.  Feel free to leave a comment with what you thought of it after you go and feel free to share this post with them.  We loved Lupo Verde and will definitely be back!  Our Lupo Verde Reviews are all positive and we gave them 4 out of 5 stars.

lupo verde 14th street

lupo verde 14th street

Barcelona Restaurant DC on 14th Reviews – Read Before You Go!

I have never found an even remotely good tapas restaurant in DC, including the two others on 14th street, which is why I was a bit worried when I couldn’t find any Barcelona on 14th restaurant reviews.  Regardless of finding reviews of Barcelona restaurant on 14th street, last night my friend and I went and gave it a try.  Barcelona on 14th not only kicked every other tapas restaurant in Washington DC’s butt, but they had the best service, an amazing cocktail and wine list and the servers knew everything about the menu.  Our bread baskets were full, our water always filled and when our drinks came out a bit late, they comped them.  Even if the service at Barcelona restaurant on 14th street in Washington DC was horrible, the food would have turned it into a 5 star experience!  Before I go into the food and share more pictures, here is the address and two Spanish themed aprons that you can wear while trying to prepare your own versions of traditional tapas foods.

Where is Barcelona Restaurant in DC

Here is the phone number, address and how to find Barcelona Restaurant in Washington DC:

1622 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone number for reservations: 202.588.5500

 

chanterelle mushrooms tapas at barcelona on 14th

chanterelle mushrooms tapas at barcelona on 14th

spanish style apron for women

spanish style apron for women

Spanish styled apron – $33.95

A fun balck and red vintage themed and modern apron that will help you feel like a Spanish lady making a meal for her family.  Like the Lady of Seville, cook in a fashionable Spanish styled apron by clicking on the image to the left.

fun spanish floaral apron for women

fun spanish floaral apron for women

Spanish floral apron for women – $25.95Floral Pizazz Themed Apron, Inspired by Magnolia & Aster Flowers

Best food at Barcelona Restaurant in Washington DC on 14th Street

If you couldn’t tell from the image of the chanterelle mushroom tapas plate above, the food at Barcelona on 14th is amazing! That was actually our least favorite dish and the only thing we didn’t like. When I say we didn’t like it, that just means it was the only thing that wasn’t amazing. They were great, but everything else we had was absolutely amazing.

tortilla espana at barcelona on 14th

tortilla espana at barcelona on 14th

The tortilla’s de patatas or toirtilla espana at Barcelona on 14th were amazing.  Instead of serving them cold like the traditional recipe, they serve them hot and with a nice side of sour cream and chives.  This fun twist on a traditional dish is a great thing to help with the reviews of Barcelona on 14th.

sweet bourbon drink at barcelona restaurant in dc

sweet bourbon drink at barcelona restaurant in dc

This drink was absolutely amazing.  If you are going to have a drink with dinner, skip the wine and get the sweet bourbon drink that is on their house specialty cocktails.  I don’t normally drink bourbon but this cocktail was amazing.  We both had them and both went crazy over them.  If anything causes good comments or happy social media mentions for Barcelona on 14th reviews, this drink is one of the best things it has going to get your night started off amazing!

brussel sprouts and bacon at barcelona restaurant dc on 14th

brussel sprouts and bacon at barcelona restaurant dc on 14th

How can you go wrong with bacon and brussel sprouts?  The only thing wrong is that they used baby brussel sprouts so the bacon falls off and you have to dig for it on the bottom.  They also could have used a bit of sea salt on them, however they tasted amazing and we went through them within minutes.

churros and chocolate barcelona restaurant on 14th street

churros and chocolate barcelona restaurant on 14th street

If you’re going to eat at a traditional Spanish styled restaurant, you have to go with a traditional dessert like flan or Churros con Chocolate.  Not only were their churros con chocolate amazing, but both tables next to us saw them, smelled them and ordered them.  Even if you don’t have room for dessert, order these.  You will love them and if you don’t, you shouldn’t be reading this blog!  If there are any negative reviews of Barcelona on 14th, the person who wrote it is probably on something (just my opinion).   Everything there was amazing and we both loved everything.  We only have positive things to say so our Barcelona restaurant on 14th reviews are all good and we highly recommend you eat there!