Lately, money has been a little tight. But sometimes you just need a night out. What do you do when you want a night out, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? Find a restaurant with a great bar menu or lighter fare items, and trust me they’re out there. You just need to get creative.
I’ve noticed a lot of restaurants are offering a variety of lighter fare items or even a more extensive bar menu. This is a perfect opportunity to try items on the menu and mix it up a bit. District Commons, a fairly new restaurant in Foggy Bottom has quickly become one of my favorites.
They offer various items from their raw bar, a number of flatbreads for $12, 3 types of mussels for $12, and tempting appetizers all under $15. There is so much more choose from than just their entrees, which are fantastic by the way.
I stopped by the restaurant on Saturday night to have dinner with my friend Katie. We split a couple appetizers and enjoyed a signature cocktail while catching up on life.
We shared the Roasted Sweet Pepper flatbread which came with Pipe Dream Farms Goat Cheese, Basil Pesto, and Roasted Pinenuts. This is a pretty large size flatbread with a delicious blend of toppings.
Along with that we shared the White mussels which were fresh mussels in a House Lemoncello, with Oven Cured Tomatoes, and Lemon Thyme Cream. This was a fresh yet velvety sauce that was creamy and refreshing all at the same time. The mussels are served in individual La Creuset’s and come three different ways, Blue, White, and Red. I’ve tried both the blue and white, and I’m excited to try the red curry mussels next time.
We also shared the fried oysters which were fabulous. Perfectly crispy and were on top of a tangy and sweet blue cheese slaw and topped with Franks Red Hot Remoulade. Probably my favorite dish out of all three.
And of course we had to get the hot pretzel baguette with beer mustard butter for $2. This is a very large warm doughy pretzel baguette served with this combination of grainy mustard and butter. It is to die for. I love dipping it in the remaining sauce from the mussels.
The staff at District Commons was so nice and gave us a little dessert before we headed out. A few sweet cookies to finish off an already great meal.
District Commons is a great place for a casual yet nice date, or even a girls night out. They also offer brunch on the weekends, and trust me, it’s good!
Two appetizers, I prefer the mussels and a flatbread because of the size, are enough for 2 people to share with the baguette and you can complete your meal with a craft beer or an inexpensive glass of wine and keep your bill under $50. That’s not bad considering the food is quality, the atmosphere is trendy and upbeat, the service is fantastic, and for me, the location can’t be beat.