By: Catalarata and Amilicous
On our trip to Washington D.C., walking from monument to monument practically famished us. Luckily, we got to stop by some of the best places in the district to put our rumbling bellies to rest.
Ami’s take on Founding Farmers:
One particular spot that was recommended to us by various people, Founding Farmers, was a real treat to visit. Its rustic decor and cozy atmosphere let us all sit back and relax after a long day of sight-seeing. We started off with two farm breads, brie and prosciutto. The brie one was really good, except for one element that I couldn’t get past. There was an onion jam on the top of it that my sisters and I all disliked. Otherwise, it was fantastic, though I myself would not try it again. I much preferred the prosciutto farm bread. I found the figs, which I usually do not like, perfectly balanced with the prosciutto, and I thought the mascarpone added a creamy texture that contradicted the toasty bread’s crunch. Our main courses consisted of shrimps and grits, shrimp and sun-dried tomato bucatini, and the restaurant’s famous chicken and waffles. My absolute favorite was the chicken and waffle. The syrup that it came with was the best that I’ve ever had, the chicken was crispy and juicy, and the waffles were, well, waffles. What more do you need than waffles? The bucatini was not to my liking. Quoting Cata “It had a weird taste to it…” We can’t pinpoint why, but we were not huge fans. (Then again, it might just be us, but it is odd that none of us were crazy for it.) The shrimp and grits were my least favorite. The shrimp tasted fishy and I tried to avoid it since the first bite. Then was my second favorite part of the meal, the dessert! We had mouth-watering beignets with hot fudge, caramel, and raspberry coolie. The beignets were light, fluffy and fresh from the fryer. Overall, I would rate the restaurant.
Cata’s take on Rasika:
This one Indian place called Rasika has tons of scrumptious platters. Among the dishes that we ordered are the Papeta Gosht, Chicken Tikka Hariyali, Gobhi Mattar, and the bread basket. There are many different foods and ingredients which makes each dish special. For example, the Chicken Tikka Hariyali has cilantro, basil, and cashew nut. In Gobhi Mattar there is cauliflower, green beans, cumin and ginger. In each there are unique and special ingredients. We also loved the Dai Makhani with lentils, tomatoes, garlic, and fenugreek. In addition, the Papeta Gosht included lamb, potatoes, and coconut milk. Finally there is the naan bread basket that goes very well with all of this Indian cuisine. In the end I would rate this restaurant
Ami’s opinion of Pizza Paradiso:
The first day that we arrived in Washington, D.C., we headed over to Pizza Paradiso, which we heard great things about. Naturally, the adults wanted to try the most peculiar item on the menu so they ordered a peach, apricot and prosciutto pizza. I found the pizza oddly delicious, but it was too small to get another slice. Kids, having the best taste, happened to be the ones to choose the best pizza that we ate that night (in my opinion). The Genovese pizza, with pesto sauce, potatoes and cheese, was by far my favorite. The only problem I found was that it was a tad bland. As a result, I would rate Pizza Paradiso
Cata’s opinion on Burger Tops & Shakes:
At this one of a kind burger place the three little forks have order three different kinds of burgers. They are called the Grand Ole Opry, Big Daddy, and the Six Buck Chuck. In the Grand Ole Opry there is simply Nashville hot fried chicken with bread and pickled slaw. The chicken in that burger was so crispy and delicious. Then we have the Big Daddy with beef smoked Benton bacon, buttermilk blue cheese, Lea &Perkins, and AP sauce. All the ingredients worked so well together it made my mouth water. Finally, we have the Six Buck Chuck with lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes, AP sauce, and the house-made blend of mayo, ketchup, mustard, bbq and chipotle sauce. All those sauces work because it was amazing.