Every week I write about some stuff I did and review a new (or new to me) restaurant.
I am lucky that my job affords me the luxury of often having a social life during the week, as well as on the weekend. Unfortunately, this was not one of those weeks. Between deadlines at my “real” job, deadlines at my part-time job, deadlines for my freelance gig and the necessary sleeping and eating that must be done, there wasn’t time for much else.
So by the time Friday rolled around, I was ready to celebrate with a full belly. Popular Connecticut burger joint, Plan B Burger Bar, opened a location in Penn Quarter recently and I’ve been itching to check it out.
Plan B, though awkwardly named, is a cool concept. It’s a sit down restaurant specializing in all the B’s – beef, burgers, bourbon, beer. The space was cozy and chic and the menu extensive. Along with burgers they have several salads (Tom and I shared the chopped salad, which was quite tasty), appetizers like seasonal loaded tots and big plates featuring Shepard’s pie and not-you-grandma’s pot roast.
But since it was our first visit, we stuck to burgers. Tom had the blue cheese burger with caramelized onions, bleu cheese and bourbon barbecue sauce while I opted the squealer, a pork and beef patty with lettuce, pickles, cheese and the burger trinity: mayo, mustard and ketchup. I need all three. I am a condiment glutton and I care not who knows it.
Plan B also has a smorgasbord (yes, smorgasbord is my favorite word) of sides to choose from, which turned out to be a rather hard decision to make. After much discussion we settled on the disco fries (above) covered in beef gravy and cheese sauce and the green fries, flash fried green beans because… my arteries.
We both really enjoyed our burgers, with nice fat juicy patties and fresh toppings, I had no complaints. Located right next to the U.S. Navy Memorial and the Navy Archives, Plan B Burger Bar is a great affordable option for tourists and locals alike.
Saturday was spent working at the winery and, on my part, mourning how horrible it is to be a college football fan while Tom celebrated his team’s win. I am bitter. So we’ll move on.
I love Sundays with no plans. I try to do productive things like laundry and such, but if we don’t have anything to do and the weather is at all tolerable I enjoy nothing more than wandering around the city all day.
We started out at the annual Downtown Holiday Market in Chinatown/Penn Quarter across from the Verizon Center for some Christmas shopping.
It was crowded, so after one pass through all the vendors and picking up a few gifts, we moved on.
We spied these very large reindeer in the new CityCenter, on our way to look at a condo we can’t afford. I’m not big on the holidays, but I love some over-sized decor as much as the next person.
After that, we walked around Shaw for awhile before taking the metro over to Columbia Heights for a fun wine tasting at Maple, of which I will be writing more later.
It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend (terrible, horrible worthless football aside). I’m determined not to let December pass without stopping to enjoy it every now and then.