With Winter Restaurant Week coming up next week, I thought it would be a good time to bring up my favorite place from Summer Restaurant Week last August: Mintwood Place. Mintwood Place is a cozy, American restaurant located on in Adams Morgan and the chef, Cedric Maupillier, has gotten rave reviews for incorporating interesting ingredients into the amazing comfort food.
I went with a group of five girls on a Thursday evening during the 2014 Summer Restaurant Week, and we arrived to a completely packed restaurant (so we were relieved we had made reservations). They seated us in the front corner by the window in a cozy nook, perfect for a group who wanted to both catch-up and to mentally violate all of the dishes we saw coming out of the kitchen. Our server brought us out a big basket of warm, crusty bread and soft butter. It was the perfect way to rev up our stomachs and I had a difficult time limiting myself to one slice (so I didn’t).
My appetizer was the burrata with kale, apple, hazelnuts and tamarind. The burrata was soft, tender and made me appreciate not being lactose-intolerant, while the fried (roasted?) kale was delicious and crunchy. The tamarind and apple added a sweet layer to the dish’s overall taste. The other two girls who ordered this enjoyed it as well. For my main course, I had the roasted seabream with a saffron veloute. It was good but I think the cut was a little thin, so there were portions that tasted a little dry.
Of course everyone who ordered Mintwood’s famous cheeseburger loved it and I definitely “borrowed” some fries because that is what friends are there for (french fry suppliers). My favorite dish out of everyone’s main courses was the half roast chicken. The skin is crunchy while the meat is just so tender and flavorful. The portion was surprisingly big, and N brought most of it home with her.
Then came my favorite part of the meal: dessert! There were five girls and four dessert options, so we decided to order one of everything to share, along with a second brownie sundae. Our table was soon covered with blueberry bread pudding, peach melba, key lime pie and brownie sundaes. It was a beautiful sight to behold:
I don’t know about you, but I find the sight of desserts spreading themselves all over the table waiting for your mouth to devour them a pretty hot scene. And we definitely devoured them:
Everyone had their favorites, which means they were all delicious in someone’s eyes. I liked the brownie sundae the most, although the blueberry bread pudding was a close second. The brownie sundae was so fudgy (fudgey? I’m not sure how spell this nonword correctly) and chewy, perfect with a scoop of rich of creamy vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. It just tasted like the quintessential All-American dessert on that summer night, some blonde little kid named Brandon playing baseball or something.
Overall, the restaurant week menu at Mintwood had a a great selection of options (I hate when RW menus have few options, or try to upcharge you for the majority of the dishes). It was a great spot to go as a group (trying 4 different desserts is a good way to get yourself to Friday), the service was friendly, and the food was delicious.