Saturday, November 26, 2011

Senart's Oyster & Chop House

Owned by the same group that brings us Lola's, Molly Malone's and The Chesapeake Room, Senart's is directly across the street in the very building between 1913 & 1939 that the Senart family lived in a 1 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor & proudly served fresh oysters & bar fare on the 1st floor. The year has changed but the restaurant is committed to the same proud service & offerings of the freshest oysters, chops & seafood. Closest Metro is Eastern Market.

September 2011:  On this early taste of Fall day, Keith and I headed towards Barracks Row on our way to a Nats game to have a bite to eat. We decided on Senart's, because we had not tried it yet since it's opening earlier this year. The interior is quite small, with a large wooden bar area and only a few small dining tables. We took advantage of the nice weather and opted to sit outside on the small patio area, also adorned with wooden tables and umbrellas. Our server was attentive, citing the specials of the day, and checking up on us at the appropriate times. Since we were going to the game, we did not want a heavy meal and chose a few appetizers to share instead. Keith really enjoyed the fresh oysters - light, briney, and super fresh. My soup was small in portion, but since it was an appetizer, I could not complain. It was not as creamy as expected for a chowder, and the conch and cod were too vague, yet the broth had an interesting spicy kick. The onion rings were huge and very delicious. The lobster sliders were loaded with meat and also quite good. This sampling definitely satisfied us and peaked interest enough to want to return and try the full entrees another day.

November 2011:  It was "Small Business Saturday" and after a full day of roaming the city, we stopped back at Senart's for drinks and an early dinner.  We arrived around 4:30pm, so it was fairly empty inside and we were able to snag a seat at the bar.  After enjoying a drink to set us in the mood, we perused the menu and ordered some seafood to carry us over.  As usual, service was prompt and the food was fresh.  Happy Hour special prices were available so we definitely took advantage and Keith splurged on a sampler of lobster, oysters, and clams while I chose the mussels of the day.  The deal was very decent and so I've raised the price scores from my first visit.  Overall, we had another enjoyable meal in a cozy, laid back environment.  

Total Rating: 4.05
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Steamed Mussels of the Day
in a wine sauce with mozzarella cheese, basil, and cherry tomatoes

Spiced Conch Chowder
with Sweet Corn, Cod Fish & Sherry Wine

Breaded Buttermilk Soaked Onion Rings

Senart's Lobster & Shrimp Roll (Open-Faced Sliders)
Three Sliders on Mini Brioche Buns

Plus Keith ate:
1/2 Poached Lobster
seasoned and served cold over ice

1/2 Dozen Cherrystone Clams

 1/2 Dozen Fresh Oysters 
served with a red wine mignonette & cocktail sauce

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