Recently, a new development opened in Foggy Bottom, right by the George Washington University campus, that includes a number of restaurants and eating options. Since it’s close to my office, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few places:
Circa at Foggy Bottom: This is one of three Circa locations, with the other two at Connecticut & Q in Dupont and in Clarendon. There are a number of vegetarian items on the menu, including fried green tomatoes, a variety of salads and pizzas and a mushroom ravioli. I had the wild mushroom pizza, which came with cremini, shiitake and portobello mushrooms, pesto, Gruyère and shaved parmesan cheeses and arugula. I loved the pizza – it was super cheesy and the mushrooms were extremely tasty.
Burger, Tap & Shake: Those of you who have been reading for awhile know that I love a good veggie burger. I am so happy to have found one at Burger, Tap & Shake. The Haight-Ashbury is a falafel patty with pickled vegetables and feta. I loved both the seasoning and the texture. Of all the veggie burgers available in downtown DC, this is my new favorite.
Whole Foods Foggy Bottom: District Commons is also home to a new Whole Foods. The grocery store is on the bottom and on top is the bakery and to go section. One cool thing they have at this location is a kiosk where you can put in your order for salads, “good earth bowls,” sandwiches, pizza, etc. Think Sheetz or WaWa, but with farro and quinoa. I tried out a good earth bowl, with mixed success. First, I assumed by the ingredient options that this would be a hot meal – it was not. I picked kale as my base thinking that it would be cooked, but when I got to the counter, I realized it was going to be raw. Also, the system forced me to pick a sauce, which, for someone with a soy allergy, is a no-no. I ended up placing my order with a sauce and then hustling over to the counter to ask them to omit it. Then, I also discovered that a number of ingredients I selected on the kiosk weren’t available. In my case, this meant farro and parsley. But, I was able to get barley as a sub. The rest of my bowl included the aforementioned kale, eggplant, tomatoes, chickpeas and onions. I ended up microwaving it back at the office and it was good hot. I’ll keep trying to see if they work out the kinks.