April 27, 2011

A New Favorite Place on 14th Street

A local cafe, restaurant, or bar is important part of what brings life to a city neighborhood. This is the place people meet; it's a neighborhood living room. I always prefer to go to local places to relax, eat, and people watch whether I’m traveling or in my hometown. Here in Washington DC there are several cozy cafes, restaurants, and bars along 14th Street between Logan Circle and the U Street Corridor. Among these is one of my new favorite places - Bar Pilar.

This bar and restaurant occupies a narrow space on the east side of 14th Street between S and T Streets. Inside there is a long bar and several tables packed into this fairly small restaurant. There is dark wood paneling along the walls and the light from the windows gets muted as you go further back into the room. Bar Pilar is often crowded with standing room only for those that arrive later in the evening. During the warmer months a few tables and patrons spill onto the sidewalk, creating space for a few more patrons.

In addition to the neighborhood atmosphere and good wine, the food is one of the reasons I enjoy visiting to Bar Pilar. The menu is mostly small plates and features creative dishes made with local ingredients. Jonathan and I have come here for dinner and snacks about a few times recently and as I write this I am looking forward to eating there again soon! Some of the tasty dishes we have tried are the mushrooms, a radish salad, warm baby chard with blue cheese, grilled calamari with tomato basil sauce, mussels cooked in white wine with garlic and herbs, Spanish tortilla, and some cheeses. (Jonathan has ordered - and devoured - several of the meat options on the menu.)

Bar Pilar is one of those places you could go, get a glass of wine, and watch the world go by. The fact that they also serve excellent food is bonus. But arrive early, you'll want to get a seat before they fill up!

1 comment:

Rambling Tart said...

I love places like this too. :-) So cozy and comfy and peaceful.