Patatas bravas – Jaleo

Patatas bravas - Jaleo
Fried potato with spicy tomato sauce and aioli. $7.50
Jaleo, Crystal City VA

Mmm, this was SO good! I’m not even a fan of THAT much aioli, but the dark flavorful tomato sauce help to drown out the excessive amount of aioli. Patatas bravas are one of my favorites tapas and Jaleo did right by it. I’m in heaven!

Sunset over Arlington
Sunset over Arlington.

Grilled chicken nachos – California Tortilla

Blackened chicken nachos - California Tortilla
Tortilla chips, cheese, blackened chicken, avocado, sour cream and salsa. $7.04
California Tortilla, Washington DC

Meh, this was plain and boring, and the fake nacho cheese was not a good idea. Not a good choice for lunch on an already boring day. At least they have a selection of hot sauces you can choose from to spice things up.

Graft, National Gallery or Art Sculpture Garden
Graft, National Gallery or Art Sculpture Garden.

Creme brulee doughnut – Woodward Takeout Food

Creme brulee doughnut - Woodward Takeout Food
$1.95
Woodward Takeout Food, Washington DC

Creme brulee doughnut - Woodward Takeout Food
Mmm, this donut was delicious! I loved the texture of the dough and the custard filling was also yummy. I will say that I though there was too much brûléed sugar on top, but that’s just me. I just there’d be just as much if it was a real creme brûlée.

Doctor Samuel Hahnemann Memorial
Doctor Samuel Hahnemann Memorial.

John’s Island Carolina stew – The Trellis Restaurant

John's Island Carolina stew - The Trellis Restaurant
Roasted turkey, shrimp, mussels, clams, cannellini beans, tomatoes, corn and lima beans. Served with grits and cornbread. $12.95
The Trellis Restaurant, Williamsburg VA

This was a super-hearty dish and it had a very nice rich and well-develop flavor. I also loved the grits. They give you a very healthy portion, and I couldn’t finish it because I wanted to save room for dessert. That and I was drinking the rest of my calories, hehe!

Bloody Mary cocktail - The Trellis Restaurant
Traditional Bloody Mary: house-made bloody mary mix. $7

Governor's Palace
Governor’s Palace.

Butifarra casera con mongetes – Jaleo

Butifarra casera con mongetes - Jaleo
Housemade grilled pork sausage with sautéed white beans and aioli. Almuerzo rapido (3 items) $20
Jaleo, Crystal City VA

This pork sausage was yummy especially with the fried white beans. My favorite part was the texture of the beans with the crispy bits. This was definitely a hearty little plate.

Potomac River with Crystal City in the distance
Potomac River with Crystal City in the distance.

Hugh Copeland’s Time Square cheeseburger – Gershwin’s

Hugh Copeland's Time Square cheeseburger - Gershwin's
On a brioche bun, side of asparagus. $10
Gershwin’s, Norfolk VA

A friend and I had done a dinner cruise on the Elizabeth River, but wanted to extend our night so we ducked into Gershwin’s for some live entertainment. We sat at the bar and enjoyed talking with our friendly (and talkative) bartender. Even though we already had a full dinner on the cruise, we decided to split a burger anyway. And I must say that the burger (half) was pretty tasty!

The Washington cocktail - Gershwin's
The Washington: a Manhattan made with cherry infused bourbon. $10

Spirit of Norfolk
Spirit of Norfolk.