Friday, September 9, 2011


I had a Living Social Deal that I had to use up before it expired, and per usual I waited until the absolute last day to use it. Just my luck it so happened to be the night of a torrential down pouring and flooding. Not wanting to lose out on my money, L and I bravely ventured to the city to try out Bar-Cöde. Luckily the DC area was not as bad as the rest of VA/MD (at least the parts we visited).
This place was poppin', so many people were out I was shocked. I guess when it comes to rain, I just want to become a hermit and cuddle up on the couch with a glass of wine and a movie. This is a really bad picture of the restaurant but it was rainy and I wanted to hurry inside.

We started out with Spinach and Artichoke Dip $10. Creamy and cheesey, very delicious, something I would definitely eat again.
For my entree I ordered the Margherita Pizza $9.This was pretty good, the crust was a little to crisp for me but overall I enjoyed my meal. The only complaint was that the pizza didn't have any sauce on it, and apparently most of their pizzas do not come with sauce-something I think should be made clear. The server did bring me a side of pizza sauce, but it was really chunky and not too good so I just ate it plain. 
L got the Grilled Chicken Panini $11 (sundried tomato tapenade on ciabatta bread). This was really good, the bread, tapenade chicken combo was delicious. The house dressing was also delicious, the perfect amount of tang. However the mayo (pictured next to the sandwich) was very awkward-couldn't really determine the flavors. Thankfully it was on the side so it didn't tarnish the sandwich's flavor.
To end our meal and finish off the living social deal, we ordered a Nutella Pizza $9 (Mascarpone Cheese, Walnuts, Strawberries) although we got it without the walnuts. It was pretty tasty, and I really like the addition of the strawberries and mascarpone. I still think I prefer the creation over at 7th Hill, a very close call.
Overall I was very surprised by the quality of the meal. When I think of a bar/lounge type of place, I don't really think of quality meals. I left the restaurant feeling quite satisfied and very stuffed. We scarfed down the dip but both took half of our meals back and only ate half of the dessert pizza. This was much more food than I would normally get at a restaurant.

Service was ok, it was a little slow, and my water glass was empty for the majority of the night.
One of my complaints was that the music was a little loud, I realize it is a bar/lounge, but during the dinner portion of the night they should make the music a little quieter so the diners don't have to shout to their companions.

I enjoyed my meal, but I will not be running back here for dinner too soon. If I ever end up getting a job in DC, I know one place I will be trying for happy hour.

Grade: B

Tip: this general areas parking meters are for coins, not credit cards like everywhere else I've gone, make sure you have coins or else you will be scrambling around your car and the bottom of your bag to make sure you have enough time for an hour aka a very quick meal

1101 17th St NW
Washington, DC

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1 comment:

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