It’s a new year! In 2015, I aspire to lose ten pounds, only check Facebook once a day, increase my salary by 20 percent, stop saying sh…crappy words, and use (most) of my spare time and money wisely. Now, while I hope that I can inch myself toward reaching some of these goals, the new year is often quickly met by disappointment following a ridiculous new set of high standards. So, in an effort to cushion myself from wallowing and embrace my own human nature, I have compiled a list of the best places in Washington D.C. to crush, forget, or obliterate 2015’s resolutions. After all, a new year should be celebrated, dammit! Noted! Indulged in! Plus, whether it is 2009 or 2015, I could always use a new spot to throw good health to the wind and treat my taste buds.
Judge me or join me, the choice is yours.
Any restaurant that has a Yelper describe their fried chicken and waffle offering as “perfection” automatically gets my stomach grumbling. The menu is American inspired, with a modern twist on many classics. The restaurant is located a mere three blocks west of the White House and offers a unique environment that lends itself to both community tables and cozy, more intimate seating. The food here is splurge worthy with sea-salted honey butter skillet corn bread, glazed bacon lollis, lobster mac-and-cheese, and more, all threatening to alter 2015’s skinny-natured plans.
Compass Rose has positioned itself as a “neighborhood tavern focused on international street food.” With street food samplings from around the globe and a great craft beer selection, the menu begs to be tried (and tried again, and again, and again). Some items that caught my wandering eye included pupusas complete with truffle and cheese, wild boar ribs, and mini sausage dogs with mustard made in shop.
If there is one thing that no New Year’s goal will ever be able to tear me away from, it’s carbs – glorious, finger-licking, fat-pant-filling carbs. Especially at Wicked Waffle, which is located 100 yards south of the Farragut North metro station on the red line. This restaurant serves up savory and sweet waffle masterpieces such as a mango brie waffles, grilled cheese waffles, tiramisu waffles, and roasted Fuji apple cinnamon waffles. Let my booty fill with carbs and runneth over my jeans!
When you have wavered on your resolutions and feel particularly low about your failed attempts, it may be time to OD on some chocolate. Co Co Sala is the perfect place to take that task head on. Located on F Street NW, this is a chic place to get a luxurious cocktail, some delectable savory treats, and, of course, some well-deserved dessert. Before, after, or as you simultaneously enjoy an adult beverage, you can enjoy their frozen or hot cocoa drinks with flavor inspirations such as chipotle chocolate, salted caramel chocolate, white chocolate, and more. The actual dessert selections are incredibly unique featuring selections such as:
A Sticky Situation: warm sticky toffee pudding cake/ chocolate shavings/ brown butter toffee sauce/ginger caramel ice cream
Bahibe Buzz: bahibe milk chocolate and elderflower mousse/ tupelo honey shortbread/orange and tarragon sorbet/chocolate sand and agar cubes
If you didn’t get the gist in my snippet about Wicked Waffle, I love a good carb. When you pair carbs with cheese, it is pretty much game over; I surrender. 2 Amy’s serves authentic Italian pizza, worthy of D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). This means that they make fresh dough and use Italian plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, basil, and oregano to create Neapolitan pizzas in a wood-burning oven. They are nothing but trouble in the best possible way.
Ultimately, DC is not lacking in places to challenge, thrash, or completely defy your carefully thought out New Year’s resolutions. Aside from this list, there are plenty of food trucks, ramen shops, bakeries and more to help set you back in an enjoyable, delicious manner.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I would encourage each and every person reading this to chase after your goals in the new year, whatever that may mean to you. However, at the end of the day, I also encourage you to go easy on yourself. Remember that new habits take time and just because the clock struck midnight doesn’t mean that carbs won’t be just as tempting, money won’t go just a quickly, and cussing occasionally won’t be just as necessary. So, pat yourself on the back for putting goals on the board in the first place. And when you waiver (because you’re human…and humans waiver), go big or go home. Sometimes the only way to get back on track is to feel bad about getting off track, a.k.a. eating a grilled cheese waffle sandwich.
Cheers to the new year!