According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of upscale American cuisine, and two complimentary glasses of house wine, at Fire & Sage.
Armed with a Woodstone brick oven and an unwavering faith in freshness, chef Aaron M. Tootill presides over Fire & Sage’s menu of brick-oven flatbread pizzas, daily made cornbread, and a piping panoply of gourmet entrees. The signature shrimp and pancetta pizza ($14) sneaks to tables cloaked in gooey mozzarella, garlic, and a rich basil pesto, while the wild mushroom ($13) adorns itself with shiitakes, portobellos, and bright green 1-Ups. The short-rib sandwich ($14) ensconces caramelized onions and muenster cheese between its ciabatta bun and arrives escorted by a hearty chalice of three onion soup. Glittering lochs of mustard caper sauce encircle the towers of jumbo-lump crab cake ($31), whose gates open onto a dessert of barrel-aged bourbon pecan-ice-cream sundae artfully flecked with nougatine, pecan brownie, and drizzled glyphs of butterscotch ($8).
Two complimentary glasses of house wine help dining companions and accidentally conjoined mad scientists better appreciate the way that Fire & Sage’s quadrangular lamps glint off the burnished wood floors. The dining area’s vibrant-green booths sport a stylish scale-like pattern, and the bar’s high-backed chairs polish postures under the watchful eye of a spirit-slinging etiquette coach.
Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown
775 12th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005