Guest post by Hailey Apter. Continued from Part 1.
Restaurant: RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro – 1036 Park Road NW, Washington, DC
We met up with my cousin Lauren and her fiancé Kevin in Columbia Heights on Saturday night for dinner. We were in the mood for pizza, and this restaurant is a favorite neighborhood spot of theirs.
The exterior of the restaurant looked almost like a nice apartment building/house. There was outdoor seating (which was very popular) and two levels of indoor seating, featuring exposed brick walls.
We started with some apps, but the highlight of the night was definitely the pizza. From the menu, we ordered:
- Roasted Eggplant Pizza: roasted eggplant, goat cheese, pesto, grana parmesan
- Neapolitan Pizza: tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, + caramelized onions
The wood-fired pizzas were extremely flavorful and easy to share. The crust on the roasted eggplant was a little bit too soft, likely due to the heaviness of the numerous toppings. The goat cheese really stood out and made this pizza unique and delicious.
RedRocks had delicious pizza, a nice atmosphere and good value. While I might not visit again, it was perfect for dinner that night! For $10-$13 a pizza, the value was great. Two pizzas fed four of us. The craft cocktails were also quite tasty and ranged from $8-$10.
Restaurant: Founding Farmers – 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Founding Farmers is located a few blocks from the White House and is the kind of restaurant that requires reservations well in advance, or you’ll be told you have a two hour wait. According to their website, this restaurant is owned by a collective of American family farmers and offers farm-inspired food and drink in a modern, casual, and eco-friendly setting. It is a LEED Gold Certified Restaurant, meaning they are certified green. Alyssa and I went for brunch on Sunday, and the restaurant was packed – for good reason!
The inside of the restaurant is very modern and industrial. The design calls to mind farm silos, and there are also bird lamps and fake clouds throughout.
There were SO many choices on the menu, but we wanted to stay “healthy,” so unfortunately you won’t see a review of their red velvet pancakes or bananas foster stuffed French toast. We ordered:
- Uncle Buck’s Beignets: with raspberry, chocolate, and caramel dipping sauces (healthy?)
- Sausage, Mushroom, & Spinach Egg White Scramble with Shredded Leek Hash Browns: two pan scrambled eggs, sausage, mushrooms, white cheddar cheese, spinach
- “Red Flannel” Hash: goat cheese, pan roasted red beets, shredded leek hash browns, poached eggs
- Farmers Custom Blend Intelligentsia Coffee
We started with the beignets, which were deliciously greasy, yet light. The dipping sauces were amazing, especially when mixed together. The order came with six beignets. We saved a few for after the meal and were nearly too full to eat them (note, I said nearly).
With egg white omelets, I sometimes feel they are lacking in flavor. This scramble was totally different and was bursting with flavor from the perfectly seasoned sausage and the melted cheese. I loved the hash browns, as the leeks really added something different and unique.
And good lord the coffee was amazing… and came with free refills, which are always appreciated.
I also want to call out the service at Founding Farmers, which was amazing. The server who seated us welcomed us and then apologized that he wouldn’t be our waiter for the rest of the meal. Our new waiter was very attentive, friendly and treated us like royalty!
I would come back here all the time if I lived in DC. The décor was very modern and cool. The restaurant is very eco-friendly and farm-to-table, which is trendy, as well as delicious and wholesome. The cost for brunch was pretty on par with a normal brunch in New York City, and the portions were huge. I could have taken home half my meal. I would love to visit again for dinner!