Established during Prohibition, Pearson’s Wine & Spirits has persevered as a major presence in Washington’s spirits market for nearly 80 years. With today’s deal, the vinely inclined can pick up a trio of tipples capable of lifting spirits, accentuating dinner, and inspiring grape haters to take a hard look at their worldview.
As a lawyer, Elizabeth Banker traveled the world for work. But when she wasn?t swarmed with depositions, she would head to local wineries to sip artfully aged vintages and dream about which one she would choose for her own restaurant?if she had one.
That dream restaurant became a reality in August 2012 when Banker opened Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, a cozy Glover Park spot with what Thrillist calls a ?French bistro vibe." Patrons can pull up a stool to the reclaimed-wood bar, or sit at white-clothed tables. Art made from vintage corkscrews decorates the exposed-brick walls.
The Wine List in Three Words
|The bistro exclusively stocks wines from small-production wineries that embrace sustainable practices.||The staff delights in introducing patrons to lesser-known producers and varietals whenever possible.||The temperature-controlled cellar can include as many as 100 wines, including rare bottles from underrepresented French wine regions.|
The Menu at a Glance
Grass-fed meats and local seafood headline seasonal menus on the bistro side of Slate. Chefs imbue each dish with international flair: scallops come with truffle-oil tinged risotto, duck breast spring rolls with chili-soy dipping sauce, and ahi tuna poke with crispy wonton chips.
Given the bistro's emphasis on wine, it should be no surprise that each dish is designed to pair well with numerous selections from the drink menu. Staff members stand ready to offer guidance, gladly helping tables choose the ideal bottle to accompany their meals.
Crush Kitchen & Winehouse
In addition to its elegant, warmly decorated lounge and hand-selected stock of wine, Crush Kitchen doubles as an intimate gathering place?a place that lets groups connect over small plates and test pairing tips doled out by knowledgeable servers. The wine list features premium, uncommon wines crafted by small producers from around the world, and wine-tasting events give patrons a chance to learn about pinot noir or American varietals from wine experts. Crush also makes all of its breads, dressings, desserts, and soups in-house everyday, and daily specials encourage patrons to try out new dishes.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, carries on the family tradition of pouring fine wines in welcoming surroundings. A carefully curated selection of bottles?with an emphasis placed on wines?pairs with brunch, lunch, and dinner menus of New American cuisine. The wait staff offers insight so guests can perfectly match their meals of pan-seared duck breast with a red wine cherry sauce, grass-fed burgers, or seasonal risotto, and wine experts provide in-depth information in curated tasting events.
At the age of 12, Thasana Midee would sit alongside her mother in the kitchen of their Bangkok home, roasting and grinding spices together. Thasana now roasts her own colorful spices in the kitchen at Heritage Asia and then sprinkles them over thai curry, noodle, and stir-fried dishes. House specialties include korean sesame beef as well as grilled lemongrass saigon pork over vermicelli, introduced by starters of spring rolls and chicken wings stuffed with crab meat, shitake mushrooms, and spring onions.
Vibrant touches also punctuate the dining room's decor, with golden walls hosting kaleidoscopic paintings and colorful throw pillows supporting patrons at booth seating.
Located as it is in the lobby of the Savoy Suites, you might think Twist Restaurant and Lounge is just another hotel restaurant. True, the atmosphere is somewhat non-descript, and its lunch and dinner offerings are fairly standard, but the magic of Twist comes not from passing-through travelers, but from locals who line up for their weekend brunches. Every Sunday, people flock here for bottomless mimosas, an all-you-can-eat buffet of outsized breakfast classics and live jazz. Aside from the usual hearty suspects, the buffet offers chicken, fish and a variety of Mediterranean flavors to pick through. On nice days, you can opt out of the dim dining room and eat on the outdoor patio.