Blue Duck Tavern

We just got back from a trip and have so much good food to blog about.  But first we have to catch up on posts from the week before our trip. To celebrate my birthday, we visited one of our favorite restaurants in DC–Blue Duck Tavern.  We first learned about it a few years back from a friend of Mrs. C’s.  She always provides great restaurant recommendations so when she raved about BDT, we knew it would be good.

There is so much we love about BDT.  They serve a menu of fresh, local, often seasonal ingredients, and they make it a point to list the source of their food on the menu. The menu changes from time to time, but the consistency of the cooking is always amazing.  And although BDT is a fine dining restaurant, it doesn’t present the snooty atmosphere one might expect.  Friendly hostesses and servers greet you when you walk through the 20 ft tall doors. If you have to wait before they seat you, you can sneak a preview of the dessert station where the chefs whip up fresh apple pies.

We started the night with the roasted bone marrow and lamb belly.  BDT’s roasted bone marrow is one of our “go to” dishes.  It’s like fatty, tasty, soft goo.  It’s served with freshly toasted bread and whole cloves of roasted garlic.  Now, you may be asking why would anyone want to eat goo and garlic?   But trust me when I say this is the best garlic salt goo combination ever. We usually scoop out the garlic cloves and some of the marrow, then spread both over the toast.  Or we just eat the marrow alone.  You can’t go wrong either way.

The lamb belly was also really tasty and has a nice balance of fat and meat.  However, I think that when it comes to eating straight up fat, most people probably either like it or hate it.  I personally loved it, but Mrs. Chow was not as big of a fan.  I guess after the bone marrow she was tired of eating fatty goo, and of course almost anything wouldn’t be quite as tasty at the bone marrow.  But I would still  recommend this dish because it’s really good.

For mains, Mrs. C had the braised beef short rib and I had the Muscovy Duck breast.  All I can say about the braised beef is AMAZING.   This is another “go to” dish at BDT.  We haven’t yet found better versions of this or the bone marrow for the price in the DC area. But if anyone has recommendations, please let us know!

As usual, the braised beef rib was off the hook.  I am a huge beef fan.  In fact, I consider Ray’s The Steaks to be my favorite steak house in the area, but this small piece of beef beats Ray’s by a mile.  And you don’t know how hard it is for me to admit that.  The short rib must be marinated in a house BBQ sauce or something else that is magical…..and I can only assume for days because you can literally cut into it with just your fork and the beef melts in your mouth…..OMG.  This is a must have if you dine here!!!

The duck breast was really tender and tasty.  I wanted to try something new, and this was definitely something I thoroughly enjoyed and would get again.  Assuming Mrs. C was ordering the beef rip and planned to share some with me. 🙂

On the side, we opted for the arugula salad.  It was really fresh and had a nice lemon dressing.  I really liked this dish. Like all the vegetable side dishes I’ve tried at BDT, the arugula salad was simple and delicious.

For dessert we ordered the banana s’more.  It was a really interesting and tasty interpretation of a tradtional s’more.  It consisted of a banana creme brulee or pudding on the bottom with a toasted marshmallow heap on top, and graham crackers on the side.  This is one of the best desserts we’ve had at BDT over the years.  We’ll definitely be ordering this again!

BDT is so good that it’s pretty much become our baseline for evaluating other restaurants.  BDT’s excellent service and food is really hard to beat.   This last visit was the same great experience we’ve come to expect.  I am already looking forward to our next visit.   The roasted bone marrow and braised beef short ribs are THAT good.  For those who are looking a fine dining experience, a romantic date night, or just simply love trying good food, stop by  BDT.  You won’t be disappointed.

Blue Duck Tavern
24th & M St, NW
Washington, DC
202-419-6755
www.blueducktavern.com

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About Chow DC

We have have been eating our way through the DC metro area since 2005. Many calories later, we thought it’d be fun to share our food adventures with anyone crazy enough to listen. We are not food experts by any means, we just love to eat and will try anything once. Although we love a fancy meal, we strive to balance the price, popularity, diversity, and location of our dining experiences. Please contact us with questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you! chownowdc at gmail.com Follow us on twitter: @chownowDC
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