Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Trip to Washington, DC: Blue Duck Tavern

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).
Look at that stack of bone marrow. There were 3 long bones filled with deliciously fatty but scoopable marrow topped with a sweet spicy butter and some crunchy granola. Normally, I like my marrow just roasted but the addition of the other ingredients worked well. This was definitely a show stopper appetizer. The table next to us had buyer's envy.

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.
Mr. M&P went a little more bold and had the 12 hour roasted suckling pig with baby vegetables and pork jus ($28). This was a fatty, rich, and intense piece of meat. Sure there were vegetables on the side but it was all about the pork.
On the side, we ordered sauteed wild mushrooms with olive oil croutons, garlic, parsley ($10), and hand cut bdt triple fries ($10). Both were good. The mushrooms earthy and tender while the fries were crispy but really fluffy inside.
We were really full by the end of the meal so we skipped dessert. However, with the check, they gave us a couple of chocolates which was the perfect bittersweet ending to the meal.
I really enjoyed my meal at Blue Duck Tavern. It had a very hip vibe, fun music, and a young clientele. It's perfect for a fun date for people who like to eat.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755


  1. I have internet envy over that bone marrow. I like that it came on the bone rather than already spread out.

    1. Wait a minute. I've never had roasted bone marrow not in the bone. Where did that happen to you?

    2. Boulton & Watt. It was mixed into short rib and spread onto something. And I'm sure you have had bone marrow as a component in some items instead of just straight out of the bone, no?

    3. Ah, now I get it. I thought he meant that the menu read just 'roasted bone marrow' and didn't get it on the bone. So yes, I've had it as a component in some dish before. But it's always listed as such.

  2. Loved your trip to *our* part of the world. Stonyman, The Inn and Blue Duck were most excellent choices on the part of Mr. M &P. So glad you enjoyed your stay. I sure enjoyed reading about it.
    We live in Orange VA, having moved from Northern VA [closer to DC] and we are awash in Bed and Breakfasts here and several wineries [not to mention the history]. If you ever decide to make a return visit to VA and have a hankering to see the mountains grab Mr. M &P and Yvo and come on down. Our light will be on. :)
    Thanks Hungry. I really enjoyed this.

    1. Thank you! I loved the trip too. It was fantastic to say the least. And thank you again for the invite.

      But don't stop readying just yet. There's one more meal that's going to post tomorrow morning.


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