Since our amazing brunch shortly after your opening, we vowed to come back numerous times. We promised that our next trip would be coupled with the National Archives exhibit, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?
We missed the exhibit and then somehow July 2012, the end of your glorious pop-up tastiness, crept up quicker than we expected. Thus, we drove over after work on the Friday before you closed for a romantic dinner and one last hurrah. We spent fifteen minutes deciding on the perfect appetizer, beverage, and entree combination. (It was quite difficult to pass up a dessert this time, but we did.)
We will miss the oysters! Though the fancy dressings of watermelon juice and red wine vinegar didn’t “wow” us, we adored the simple lemon addition.
No cocktails this time. We went for a local Virginia wine instead: The Linden Claret 2009. We didn’t want to mess around. We’d visited the Linden vineyards recently and knew this would be a winner.
I chose the New England Clam Chowder with Poached Cod, artfully presented–as I expected–with a waiter pouring the chowder soup over the cod fillet upon delivery. The chowder was rich velvet on the tongue.
Chris had the BBQ Beef Short Ribs with Hoppin’ John. What is “Hoppin’ John”? We learned from the detailed menu that it is a combination of rice and black-eyed peas, made popular by slaves in the 1700s and believed to pass on good luck. Chris thoroughly enjoyed his dish and even contemplated getting another helping after he was done! Maybe the taste was even more alluring knowing that we can never order it again…
It was a lovely evening. We took in the festive decor, the historical-textbook-of-a-menu, the check delivered in a children’s book, and we thought to ourselves: We will miss you.
Farewell, America Eats Tavern!