Mussels, like sealed envelopes of election returns, can be opened only with steam or a letter opener sharpened on the steps of the state capitol. Set aside your desire to pry with this Groupon.
$40 for a Belgian meal for two (up to $72 total value)
- Two pots of mussels with pommes frites ($24 value each)
- Two beers (up to $12 value each)
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Bottles populate the menus at Mannequin Pis, advertising the extensive selection of Belgian beers and primarily French wines that lines the dining room's shelves and windowsill. Originally founded by Belgian chef Bernard Dehaene, the restaurant "feels as if it were plucked from a cobblestone street in Brussels" according to the Washingtonian, which awarded Mannequin Pis a spot on its list of the 100 Best Restaurants in 2011.
Although the menu includes pan-seared trout and roasted pork loin, the spotlight is reserved for its mussels. Kilograms of bivalves bask in one of the chefs' 17 signature broths, waiting to be opened by deft hands or sincere compliments in wine- or beer-based mixtures that incorporate bacon, coconut milk, or lobster bisque.
What some people are buzzing about:
“Reservations are highly recommended but they go out of their way to try and accommodate :)”
“Great restaurant, but of course we wish it were a little closer to the beltway ;-)”
“Excellent mussels, extensive & excellent beer list, knowledgeable & attentive wait staff.”