Thursday, August 27, 2009

Art and Soul

Last date I was here: 08/27/2009

Restaurant: Art and Soul (http://www.artandsouldc.com/)

Location: Capitol Hill/Union Station

Total Rating: 4
Food: 4, Price: 4 Service: 4,Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 4

Summary: Art and Soul is located in the Liaison Hotel on New Jersey Ave NW near Union Station in Capitol Hill. This chic restaurant offers guests a setting in which to meet and connect, while enjoying “food for the soul” – food made with love and special attention. With celebrated two-time James Beard-Award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner, this 221-seat dining destination serves up fresh and modern regional cuisine with southern accents. Named for its nationally renowned chef and the genuine welcoming feeling guests experience when they walk through the doors, the cuisine at this DC restaurant will be presented with southern-style hospitality. Closest Metro is Union Station.

It is Restaurant Week again in the city again and I was very excited to try this place after watching Chef Art on the latest Top Chef Masters series. Our first impression of the d├ęcor was that is was way more swanky and modern than expected for a southern/soul food restaurant. They seemed to fit a lot of seats into the rather small dining area and the bar area was also open with room for lounge seating. Our server was very friendly and a great saleswoman (we ordered extra cocktails and side dishes because of her recommendations). Fresh skillet biscuits were served - first batch we had was cold but we asked for another and it was piping hot and fresh. Very tasty! The pitcher of Sun Daze – was a light summer drink mixture of citrus vodka, passion fruit juice, lemon juice and fresh blueberries. My only slight criticism was that my salad needed more apples and my dessert was not cheesecake, rather a mousse – yet both still tasty. An interesting note was the subdued motif of pickled products, a southern tradition, throughout the restaurant ranging from the “put ups” cocktail and salad to the pickled vegetables and peaches as garnishes in our entrees to the decorative glass jars filled with various pickled goodies that sat on high shelves above the tables. All in all, I really enjoyed my meal and left fully satisfied and happy. Another note is that this restaurant has private dining areas – a possible option for wedding reception venues perhaps? Overall, this celebrity chef did not disappoint and I would definitely recommend it to others and come back again myself.

What I ate:
Capitol Hill Salad
local apples, blue cheese, pecans, apple cider vinaigrette

Chicken
served with goat cheese drop biscuit, roasted vegetables, chicken gravy

Macaroni Casserole
Traditional cheesey macaroni and cheese


Chocolate Cheesecake
Served with chocolate sauce and raspberries
Plus Keith ate:
Baked Potato Soup
Creamy with chunks of bacon

Country Pork Chop
served with charred stone fruit relish, sweet onion broth

Peach Pecan Crumble
Served with vanilla ice cream

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