Contemporary cuisine puts modern twists on old classics, much like playing Bach on a synthesizer or dressing up Michelangelo's David as Robocop. Rejoice in reinvention with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of contemporary gastropub fare and drinks during dinner at Againn.
Againn's elegant menu of contemporary pub fare alongside an extensive selection of craft cocktails, beer, wine, and single-malt scotch has captivated the palates of diners and the Washingtonian, which dubbed it one of the top 100 restaurants of 2011. Dive for pearls or John Steinbeck autographs in a half-dozen East Coast oysters ($16), served with a pickle-juice mignonette and fresh lemon, or opt to start with a traditional house-made black pudding ($11), crowned by an apple puree, pickled ramps, and petite cress. Appetites can graduate to bigger, meatier pastures with the pork belly and cracklings ($25), rolling to tables with a posse of Anson Mills' white grits, braised cabbage, and a spicy pork broth. Sweet teeth elongate into fangs at the sight of house-made desserts, such as sticky toffee pudding with stout ice cream ($8). Againn also pours a cascade of after-dinner apertifs, including port and cognac ($7+).
An extensive selection of scotch, beer, and wine provides diners with an ample array of quaffables to pair with dinner. Browse the pub grub and cocktails list for casual dishes and handcrafted drinks, or the kids' menu for miniatures or a beanie with an edible propeller. A proud purveyor of sustainable seafood, organic meats, and locally sourced ingredients, Againn's simple yet sophisticated menu mimics the rich interior of the dining room and bar, complete with dark wood, leather booths, and diamond-encrusted sippy cups.