Like the brilliant plumage of its namesake, Peacock Cafe is an effective courtship instrument for attracting mates and intimidating competition. Impress your parents, old flames, and reticent peahens with the simple elegance of fresh food mindfully prepared with today's Groupon: $20 gets you $40 worth of colorful fare, wine, smoothies, and more. Shake your vibrant tail-feathers and flock to this lovely Georgetown cafe.
Long known as a place to see and be seen indulging in a leisurely al fresco brunch, Peacock Cafe is a place you can boldly wine and dine amid the crisp, elegant décor, just like the aesthetically flawless design accessory your android-constructing masters always hoped you'd be. Peacock's eclectic dinner menu offers ingredients sourced from land, sky, and sea, including mouthwatering vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Perk up your palate with vegetarian nachos (vegetarian chili, mix of cheeses, fresh tomato salsa, and guacamole; $8.95) and a cup of tomato bisque or gazpacho ($5.50) for starters. Treat your tongue with a perfectly roasted salmon filet (with grilled sweet potato and asparagus; $19.95), grilled lamb steak (with tomato-basil sauce, sautéed green beans, and mashed potatoes; $19.95), or spinach tagliatelle (with asparagus, olives, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and lemon-chive olive oil; $15.95).
Many brunch favorites are hungry for stage time, and make an encore appearance on Peacock's dinner menu, including the lobster salad (with arugula, endives, shaved fennel, grapes, and citrus-tarragon dressing; $19.95), veggie burger (with tomato, Muenster cheese, sprouts, pesto, and vegetable salad; $10.95) and the grilled turkey burger (with guacamole, tomato salsa, and fries; $11.95). The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Peacock Cafe can help you choose the perfect bottle of wine ($20+) to complement your meal for an overall experience that will make you happy you didn't stay home and make your own dinner out of construction paper seasoned with glitter.
Your Groupon is good for any meal at Peacock Cafe, including its regularly changing prix fixe menu. It's the perfect way to stretch your Groupon's worth—you'll get an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a $35 value per person, saving you enough dough to linger late into the evening having drinks with friends.
Zagat rates the cuisine very good, and the Peacock Cafe is featured in blogs such as Capital Spice, DC City Blog, and Two DC. Zagat member reviewers rave about the palate-pleasing fare; MenuPages users give it four stars for service, food, and atmosphere; and Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:
- the food is always delicious and the atmosphere is nice (especially when the weather's nice and you can sit outside). a great place for locals or for bringing out of town visitors. – Anonymous, MenuPages
- Very creative, youthful yet sophisticated vibe. The airy space sets a solid ambiance. The food is fun and colorful just like its the restaurant's namesake [sic]. Worth a trip off the beaten path. – GnocchiOnWood, Zagat
- Simple, elegant, excellent, and always a good experience. One of the friendliest set of owners and staff. – Jakoje, Zagat
Animal Symbolism: Redux
Because of their ostentatious beauty and poise, peacocks have come to symbolize vanity in the mythology of many cultures, which, if you think about it, is pretty unfair to peacocks. What other animals take umbrage with their symbolic associations?
Symbolize: Bravery, loyalty.
What they’d like to symbolize: Electric guitar duels, water balloons full of soda.
Symbolize: Independence, cunning.
What they’d like to symbolize: A great, pulsing engine of razors tearing mercilessly through an ocean of mice while the sun itself cackles in contempt. Also, napping.
Symbolize: Skittishness, security.
What they’d like to symbolize: Gamera.
Symbolize: Disguise, adaptability.
What they’d like to symbolize: The Da Vinci Code.
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Tucked near the shady promenades of Georgetown's Prospect St., the Peacock Cafe is a restful gem just steps from M St.'s bustling shops. There, Chef Maziar Farivar—a three-time invitee to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City—blends elegant, contemporary food from America and abroad with a laid-back atmosphere that attracts the full spectrum of Georgetown crowds, from brunching families to big-name politicians. (Bill and Hillary Clinton have even been spotted there by the Washington Post's Reliable Source.)
In a dining room decorated with large, colorful modern art, these varied visitors peruse a menu of American fare, much of which incorporates sustainable ingredients such as organic chicken and hormone-free beef. Pasture-raised and grass-fed rib-eye steak arrives in a cloud of Peacock's signature fries, which BlackBook describes as "dangerously delicious." And pistachio-crusted cod benefits from a tangy and sweet sauce of dried fruits and almonds. Diners can quench thirsts with a fresh-squeezed elixir from the juice bar, or select a pairing from an extensive wine list that, like the coatroom at a genie convention, contains dozens and dozens of bottles.
When he's not wowing crowds with his delicate preparations, Chef Farivar busies himself by burnishing America's image abroad as a part of the State Department's new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership. As an affiliate of the American Chef Corps, Farivar joins culinary luminaries including Rick Bayless, Jose Andrés, and Ming Tsai on a mission to share the flavors that define America with mouths around the world.
3251 Prospect St Nw
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