Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thirsty Thursdays: Happy Hour at Cuba Libre DC

The other night I found myself being talked into going to a CAPS game. I am really not a sports person unless there are drinks and snacks around. I agreed to go if we could go to happy hour before and we ended up at Cuba Libre. I have been by other times and it was super packed, but people must like to take it easy on a Monday as there was no problem finding seats anywhere. 

Happy Hour Menu
$4 House Wine and Sangria
$5/$6 Caipirinha
$3.50 Rotating Beer
$4-$6 Small Bites

Throughout the night we tried the Sangria (I liked how it was not too sweet, as I am not a fan of sweet sangrias), the Caipirinha and the Guava Caipirinha - both delicious. I love guava so I had two of those - be warned, they are very sugary. I had the bartender put less sugar in mine. 
We also tried a wide variety of their food on happy hour specials and there were 3 standouts. They were the Pineapple Guacamole Cubano $4, Chicharrones de la Pollo $4 and the Churrasco Steak Slider $5. We also had some empanadas which were okay, and the tuna ceviche, which we really did not like. 
Service was great. The restaurant was a little slower so the bartenders really had time to be attentive. Because we left the ceviche pretty much untouched he took it off our bill which was a nice touch. A good place for happy hour. 

Would I come back? Yes...I'm curious about their dinner and bottomless brunch. 
801 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Place
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Downtown Annapolis: Brunch at the Iron Rooster

During college football season my bff was given tickets to a Navy Football game and she graciously invited me along. Sports really aren't my thing, but I do enjoy watching some live football, especially when food and drinks are consumed beforehand.
The lovely lady who gave her the tickets also wrote us out a list of good places to brunch so we decided to take her advice and go with her top choice, Iron Rooster. They don't take reservations and it was game day but we decided to try our luck anyways. We ended up sitting at the bar which was just fine but the wait for two was only about 15-20 minutes. 

No brunch is complete without a mimosa and I went with my favorite, grapefruit, while Carrie stuck with the original OJ. Both had the right proportion of juice to bubbly.
We split two breakfast items. The first being SMOKED BRISKET BENNY jalapeno cornbread waffle / fresh tomato salsa / caramelized onions / poached egg / hollandaise $13.95. The eggs were perfectly poached, and let’s talk about that waffle. Crunch on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, with a slight kick from the jalapeno. Benedicts with a twist are my favorite. The other item that caught our eye was the SMOKEHOUSE BREAKFAST BURRITO thinly sliced smoked beef brisket / roaster corn salsa / scrambled eggs / sautéed peppers / onion / wrapped in a flour tortilla / smothered in roasted poblano sauce / topped with queso fresco / freshly chopped tomato $14.95This dish was just ok, not living up to the expectations that the description set on us. It was a little bland overall and missing a fresh, crunchy element to the inside of the burrito. A couple of people around us also ordered the Shrimp and Grits and while I don't eat shrimp the dish looked out of this world..and people cleaned their plates - something else to think about :) 
In a touristy part of town, the Iron Rooster manages to be a step ahead of many other places I’ve eaten at in Downtown Annapolis with good food and great service. 

Would I come back? Yes, definitely. I would love to come back and try some of their cocktails and other brunch items (like biscuits and gravy). 

12 Market Street
Annapolis, MD
Iron Rooster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato