Here to replenish DC's conspicuous shortage of delicious small bites now that Dennis Kucinich has lost his seat: Boqueria, the District incarnation of an NYC tapas spot now planted at 19th and M, right above Chipotle (so prepare to look down on everyone walking in below you).
Actually bigger than its New York cousins, the earth-toned noshery's got a 25-seat patio, an entrance-facing tapas bar, and a main dining room warmed up with lush lightwood, Edison bulbs for days (wait -- actually for nights), and inset cubbies filled with decanters and bottles and stuff -- you know, like they do in Europe. The plates are Barca-inspired (the name's pulled from that city's Mercat de la Boqueria market), so expect Real Madrid fans to try and headbutt dishes like Albóndigas (lamb meatballs w/ sheep’s milk cheese), Txipirones (baby squid a la plancha/ frisée/ tomato confit), and Carne a la Plancha spiced with shishito peppers & mojo verde. And in response to The District's apparently overwhelming demand for flatbreads, Boqueria's cooking up three of 'em that those stupid, round-bread-fetishist New Yorkers can't get: the Coca de Verduras (zucchini, eggplant, goat cheese), the Coca Mallorquina (sobrasada, Mahón cheese, quail eggs), and the Coca de Setas (wild mushrooms, Idiazabal cheese, pine nuts).
As you'd imagine, the wine list runs Spanish, but beers localize with DC Brau, Port City Optimal Wit, and Estrella Damm; plus there're four refreshing sangria options: Red (wine w/ gin), White (w/ rum), Rosé (w/ tequila), and, special for the festival, Cherry, with enough rosé, Cherry Heering liqueur, and brandy to get you into a different state, just like Dennis.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1837 m st nw
washington DC, DC 20036
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