Kapnos, DC

As a person who could live on a mediterranean and mexican diet, I recently had to check out Kapnos in Washington, DC.  It is one of Mike Isabella‘s (from Top Chef) many restaurants.  It’s in the U St. corridor, just a few blocks from the U St./Cardozo Metro on the Green Line/Yellow Lines.

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The restaurant is said to have small plates so you can have a few per person.  That’s a good thing to know because there were too many mouth-watering options on the menu!  Several of us were there so there was good sharing opportunity.  We were able to cover the menu quite well.

Started with the pikilia, aka a sampling of three spread and got revithosalata (chickpea, tahini, sultan chutney), melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta) & favosalata (yellow lentils, scallions, black garlic, pine nuts).

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After much debate, the rest of the food that hit the table was:

roasted duck phyllo pie  cress, cherries, pistachio yogurt

IMG_3955roasted cauliflower baharat spice, pistachio, golden raisin

IMG_3959charred brussels sprouts  sweet potato, coriander honey, candied pecans

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fava yellow lentils, spinach, butternut squash, saffron, pearl onions

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american red snapper sunchoke, celery root, saffron broth

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marinated lamb bulgur, cous cous, wild rice (didn’t get a picture of this one)

spit roasted chicken  lemon potatoes

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Some of these ‘small’ plates were huge.  There were five of us at the table and there was more than enough.  We weren’t going to let any of this go to waste so made room…  Everything was mouthwatering and beyond delicious.  Since there were so many options on the menu totally worth going back to explore other options.  Isabella also has other places in DC and there is a Kapnos opening in Bethesda in early 2016 which will be a good one to check out.

Eno

Checked out a (new to me) wine bar in Georgetown (DC) last week — Eno.  It’s part of a national chain with other locations in San Francisco, Chicago, and Southern California.

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They have a both a wine and food menu (oh, beer, too, if needed).  They serve wine in flights and by the glass.  Oh, they have wine on tap, too ($5 during Happy Hour).  They had a special on that day for a blind flight.  If you could identify all three wines you received 10% off.  I had to try it.  I got 1 of 3 right — a very earthy Pinot from Oregon.  They only way I guessed it was from how light it was, color and body-wise.  Otherwise the flight had a Bordeaux and another old world wine I could never have placed.

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Food-wise we went for some amazing olives, a variety of meats and some delicious pizza.

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I would definitely recommend giving Eno a try.  Many options from food to wine and great service!