My summer of organic chemistry is FINALLY over! I now have two weeks to enjoy myself before the fall semester commences, and what better week to be off from school than Restaurant Week! It’s a nice chance to try out restaurants you may not normally eat at and catch up with good friends. And who doesn’t love eating a three-course meal where you don’t even have to share anything?! I like to do my Restaurant Week research. I try to find places that aren’t in my regular rotation, offer a good selection in the all three-courses, and a place where you get the most bang for your buck. Lunch runs $20.12 and dinner runs $35.12.
Today, I enjoyed lunch with my good friend Erin who I used to work with at Weight Watchers. It was so good to see her, and although the food was good, the company was WAY better. We dined at Poste Modern Brasserie in Penn Quarter. Even though it’s at 15 minute walk from my apartment, and I’ve walked by many times, I never thought to eat there. However, the location worked well for both of us, they had a nice selection of food, and you definitely got a lot for your money. Considering the lunch menu was almost identical to the dinner menu, it definitely seemed like you got a lot more for your money at lunch rather than dinner.
I checked out the menu ahead of time, so I pretty much knew what I was going to order even before I got there! I’d rather be able to talk and enjoy my company rather than stress about what to order.
For the first course, I ordered the tomato salad, which included garden and local farm tomatoes, a fried green tomato and house made buttermilk cheese. It was quite tasty and it normally costs $14.
For the second course, I ordered the risotto, which had corn, goat cheese, and it was topped with watercress. It was almost too pretty to eat and normally costs $16.
Finally, for dessert, I ordered the Penn Quarter, which was a fruit tart topped with peaches from the Penn Quarter Farmers Market and a side of buttermilk curd sherbet. I’m normally not a dessert person, but this was definitely my most favorite course! The peaches were delicious and I loved the crust on the tart. I normally costs $9.
The total cost of the meal would have been $39, so to get it for half the price, I’d say that’s good value! I have two more reservations made for Restaurant Week, and I look forward to blogging about those meals as well.
PS: I’m uber impressed I did not even have to edit these photos! The quality of iPhone photos can be amazing sometimes, and all of the natural light in the restaurant didn’t hurt either.