With Unexpected Global Flavors, Tavern Delights the District
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 00:01
Journey just outside of Georgetown and you will find District Commons, an affordable, simple but incredibly delicious spin on classic American food that takes into account all its global influences. The restaurant features seasonal, sustainable seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables, house baked artisanal breads and pastries. All these elements and more make for a classic American tavern updated for a modern taste. District Commons also boosts a wide variation of food that is sure to satisfy every diner. For further encouragement for the over 21 crowd to make the trek to Foggy Bottom, District Commons offers a $14 bottomless mimosa brunch.
District Commons has a personality all its own, decorated in a contemporary style with bright punches of red and with clean, simple accents that make it feel trendy without trying too hard. This same sense of casual confidence comes across even in the humorous menu descriptions: The description for a bowl of the satisfying Texas chili con carne ($11) is a succinct “Usual Suspects, Cornbread.”
The restaurant’s self-assuredness in delivering the best of the classics is well deserved. Mid-morning on a Saturday, the restaurant was abuzz with friends and families, showing District Commons to be the perfect choice for any casual occasion.
Separate from the soups, salads and starters list are four choices of “crispy flatbreads from the hearth” ($12). While all four feature unconventional plates, the standout is the “Old Spoiled Daddy,” which proved to be the highlight of the entire brunch as well. Although the origin of the dish’s name may be a mystery, it was an exceptional and somewhat unexpected combination of ingredients. Roasted peppers and feta cheese were sprinkled over a spread of baba ghanoush (a Levantine dish of eggplant mashed and mixed with olive oil and various seasonings) and finished with a drizzling of pomegranate molasses. The flatbread was perfectly crispy and thin enough to not steal the show from the more flavorful ingredients.
Following the flatbread, we marveled over the delicious brunch entree options which included a variety of seafood, chicken and salad dishes that range in price from $14 to $26 (the most expensive being the steak, of course). After much deliberation, we ordered the “Cast Iron Skillet” Huevos Rancheros ($14), which followed the traditional set up of eggs atop black beans with a queso sauce, and the Omelet Louisiana ($15), which contains gulf shrimp, crawfish, green onions and goat cheese. Both were delicious meals, but compared to the flatbread, they seemed disappointing. We also determined that with more side dishes, both meals would have been more complete brunch plates. The savory sides ($5) are just as appealing as the entrees and include hearty small plates such as scalloped potatoes and wild rice-sweet potato hash. To fully enjoy District Commons, patrons should return a few times and try items off of the lunch, dinner and dessert menus as well.
Overall, it would be an understatement to say that District Commons receives our approval. It has a great atmosphere for both casual and classy dining, and each plate is sure to be a hit. District Commons successfully won over two returning customers.