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With a dash of classic sensibility strewn upon a modern menu and space, Edgar stands out from the pack of DCs many bistros. Washingtonian magazine may have put that confluence best: "While the Mayflower Hotel’s former bar and restaurant, Town & Country, epitomized old-school Washington…the new concept that debuted in late December [2013] has all the trappings of current dining culture." Now known as Edgar Bar and Kitchen—in honor of historic power-lunch regular J. Edgar Hoover—the redesigned eatery takes a global approach when delivering on its promise of casual, yet refined American cuisine and drinks. Beginning with mostly locally sourced ingredients, Chef Andrew Morrison designed his menu with roots firmly tied to historic European and American bistro cuisine. Mediterranean and Asian flavors occasionally make an appearance too, lending a bit of eclectic flair to flatbreads, grilled steaks, and roasted seafood. Not to be outshined by the food, a well-curated drink menu bolsters bites with locally crafted microbrews and first-growth Bordeaux wines. Amber-hued Irish whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and cognacs dominate the spirits selection, although vodkas and gins are prominent in specialty cocktails mixed with ginger liqueur or muddled strawberries. Befitting the American-style brasserie's historic location, Edgar Bar and Kitchen's dining room includes a handful of earlier-era touches, such as accent walls of exposed brick and cubbies filled with wood crates originally used to ship whiskey and wine across the Atlantic. But much like the menu, the space toes the line between old and new, yet truly leans more toward the modern. Semicircular leather booths surround gleaming wood tables, disc-like pendant lanterns dangle from the ceilings, and small planters brim with blooming yellow flowers.

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