Saturday, February 24, 2007

Rosemary's Thyme, and Crepes at L'Enfant

Lisa and I decided to catch up last night. We started with wine and snacks at Rosemary's Thyme. I soon will be doing a "best happy hours" entry, and so don't want to chat too much about the place (as it will most certainly be on the list), but they have a fabulous happy hour which is available seven days a week. The spot is a true neighborhood gathering place and the food is inexpensive and tasty - not much else you can ask for eh? Every day from 4:30 or 5:30 (4:30 on Saturday and Sunday) until 7:30 p.m. various drink specials are available, including my favorite - half-price wine by the bottle. We split a great bottle of Sangiovese. The fruit was juicy and delicious, and the texture smooth and velvety. We ordered the Trio Med for a snack, which is hummus, baba ghanouj and a spicy red sauce that I think is too salty, so we did double hummus instead of the red sauce. The dips come with grilled pita wedges and chips, and it is a really nice pairing with a nice, light- to medium-bodied red wine. The staff is super friendly, and they will know you by name if you pop in on any sort of regular basis. We then walked up 18th Street to L'Enfant, one of my favorite cozy spots in the area. They offer a nice and well-priced wine list as well as traditional European cafe offerings, including a nice selection of salads, grilled meats and both sweet and savory crepes. Lisa ordered the Nutella and Strawberry Crepe, which arrives like a thick line of heaven on a plate, liberally dusted with powdered sugar and with wafts of butter and delicious melted chocolate. I was enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Noir, and just had one good-sized bite of the crepe (I usually am not one for sweets at all), but ahh - such a nice sensation for the senses. I think there also was almond paste mixed in as we both detected a sweet note of almond essence. The crowd was great as well - a nice mix of folks enjoying libations and tasty bites, and all generally having a nice start to the weekend. We enjoyed ourselves quite a bit, and I would highly recommend stopping by both Rosemary's Thyme and L'Enfant when you are in the neighborhood.

Rosemary's Thyme
1801 18th Street in NW DC

2000 18th Street in NW DC

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