Monday, June 6, 2011


The following sequence of events was entirely spontaneous and unplanned. In fact, the whole evening happened within a matter of hours, from the twitter exchange to dessert. Hands down, it was one of the best foodie adventures I have ever had.

Here’s what happened:

I had heard good things about a new restaurant and bar on the corner of L and 17th called Bar-Code. The place is always overflowing with people and during happy hour the crowd spills out of the restaurant and onto the street. Thinking this would be a great opportunity for my next restaurant review, and a fun evening out with my foodie friend, Carolyn, I tweeted, “Going to @barcodedc tonight and plan on writing a review.”

This set off fireworks at Bar-Code's social media department leading someone to tweet:

(This is sometimes code for a free or discounted meal, which in this case, was the case. Thanks, Bar-Code!)

Um, hello, my name isn’t Foodie for nothing. So I replied:

The place was swanky. It felt a little bit like a club and a lot like a spot-too-cool-for-Washington-D.C. This was exactly what I liked first about the place. The manager led us to our table and suggested a number of appetizers and entrees that we thought sounded delicious.

Out came a plate of freshly grilled calamari with a kick of spice and a slice of lemon. It was the perfect consistency, not too chewy and very light. The second appetizer was baked flat bread still warm from the oven accompanied by a chunky avocado dip with onions, olives and grated Parmesan cheese. It tasted lighter than a traditional Mexican guacamole and we especially liked the crushed chilis on the bread (I might try that one at home)!
For our entrees we shared a flat iron steak topped with a black olive and sundried tomato tapenade and a plate of scallops wrapped in bacon (my kosher friends would be ashamed). The scallops were plated over spinach and drizzled in a light onion and butter sauce that melted in your mouth.

But perhaps the best of ALL was the homemade Greek frozen yogurt and fresh fruit. The yogurt was one of the best frozen yogurts I’ve ever had (my belief that homemade ice cream and yogurt is the only kind worth eating was 100% verified).

Overall, the food at Bar-Code was incredibly impressive. In fact, it was far too good to be in this club-like atmosphere. I’d say the food deserves its own restaurant without the booming base music, glowing lights and bar scene.

So while others may say it’s the new hot summer spot for happy hour, I say go there and try the food. It’s delicious.


  1. mmmm.... sounds great. i'm gonna try that place, and won't forget to tweet first!

  2. I'm going to check it out!

  3. This post was also posted TODAY on BarCode's website. CHECK IT OUT!