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.
Osman & Joe’s has quite a sense of humor—perhaps an unexpected twist considering the owners came to America to escape war-torn Sierra Leone. While sporting hats that say “I don’t speak English” (which are for sale, by the way), Osman and Joe cook up monstrous double burgers and giant pancakes stuffed with Reese’s Pieces.
Medium Rare is simply one of the best steakhouses in D.C. They dare to do things differently than other steak houses- rather than serenading you with a tranquil musical backdrop, they instead opt for a breathy, passionate French male speaking sultry pickup lines as you enjoy their delicious culinary creations. They also serve just one entrée alongside their steaks- thin slices of deep fried potatoes, the creation of the original founder’s wife. This lack of side-options might come across as blandly offensive to some people, but it just goes to show how confident Medium Rare is in the sanctity of their steak and potato combo. Best of all, their prices are great for the superior level of quality that they offer, making Medium Rare the perfect dine-in venue for business lunches and dates.