Back in Washington this week, but everything was goofy.
United Airlines shifted stuff around at DCA, so I was all confused. I stayed at a different hotel, so I was more confused. L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is not fancy. I understand from my meeting planner guy that I was on a not-renovated floor that could use some renovation. But the location is great, the room was clean, the bed was comfortable and it was much quieter than the Holiday Inn Capitol.
I arrived at the office, thinking I was going to grab Stefphanie and go to our favorite deli for lunch. But then I saw this:
I seemed to recall my online friend Darth Kittius mentioning it once. She does DC restaurant reviews on her blog sometimes and has included the food trucks. I ordered the Mt. Fuji – whole grain bread, brie and fuji apples. It would have been the best grilled cheese ever except that I ate it with my favorite chips – dill pickle – and the sweet of the sandwich didn’t quite complement. But I would totally eat there again.
So the meetings all went well and then last night I had an awesome dinner. I don’t normally do the fine dining thing on the road, but our 401(k) people were in town and Stefphanie made the reservations. She knows that I am a picky eater. We went to Central Michel Richard, which seems to specialize in upscale comfort food.
My friend Jim agrees with me that if one is at a nice restaurant and Mac & Cheese is on the menu, one must really go for it. So he ordered the fried chicken, I ordered the Lemon Chicken burger and we split a side of the macaroni. The Lemon Chicken burger is chicken that is grilled and kind of diced up, then mixed with just enough lemon-y batter to hold it together in a patty and then seared. Very tasty and not greasy at all and serious points for creating something interesting that even I will order. I tried Jim’s fried chicken and it was also fabulous. David ordered the lamb which I did not try, but he was quite pleased.
Happily, I saw the dessert menu early and decided against appetizers. We ordered the apple tart, Michel’s chocolate bar and the lemon tart for the table. All three came with ice cream. I would order all three again. The apples were positively infused with cinnamon-y goodness, although my standard complaint of Too Much Pastry Not Enough Fruit applies. The chocolate bar had a wafer-y thing going on and avoided being too heavy or too light. The lemon tart had just the right tartness and the best merengue I have ever had.
This meal was so good I wish I had taken pictures. We had reservations at 6pm and got in just ahead of the crowd. Highly recommended.