After that lovely breakfast, we were fueled up to travel again. To my surprise, we drove to Washington DC which was my initial guess. So I was partially correct. Throughout the day, we snacked on some pastries we bought from Stonyman and the rest of our meats and cheeses. We also spent the day visiting a few monuments and museums. Helloooo Smithsonian. After a cold day walking around we relaxed a bit in our hotel until it was time to go to out to dinner. Lucky for us, the location was only a block away so we didn't have to spend too much time in the cold again.
We walked through the hotel lobby to where the restaurant was located and suddenly realized we were here before. In fact, we were in this hotel for someone's wedding. We didn't go to the restaurant but we remembered walking by it. Woah, how uncanny. We entered the restaurant and it was very lively. People chatting away happily, the kitchen within each table's view, and food coming to and fro. It looked like a fun time.
After looking over the menu, we decided to start with the wood oven roasted bone marrow with spiced pumpkin butter and granola ($16), and a shaved brussels sprouts salad with apples, walnuts, and creamy cider dressing ($11).
The brussels sprouts salad was a really nice contrast to the heavy bone marrow. Fresh, clean, and lightly dressed. It's what we needed after all that wonderful eating all weekend.
For my main course, I chose seared diver scallops with stewed tomatoes, crispy ham hock, and pickled okra ($29). You can't tell from the picture but there were large, plump scallops underneath all the garnishes. Light, sweet scallops with the tart tomatoes, salty ham, sour okra, and bitter greens. It was the perfect light dish that I needed that night.
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW
Washington, DC 20037