Haha, so this is the last blog post on DC Restaurant Week!! :) Occidental is right next to the Willard Hotel and The courtyard was gorgeous! When you walk in, there are paintings of the presidents, and throughout the restaurant walls are covered with photos of politicians and inspiring leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr!
It was my friend and ex-tutor's birthday! :) I've known her for about 16 years.. wow, when you count it out, its been a while! She's the reason why I've made it through middle school, high school and getting into all four colleges I applied to. I'm wearing a denim Rachel Roy dress, Belt from Taiwan, and Shoes from Taiwan. I seem to make the same poses.. I guess I should pull out some creative poses soon. :)
Honestly, occidental didn't leave me with the best impression. Probably because my wine had a massive bug in it, and when we called the manager by he basically said that there was nothing he could do since they brought me another glass of wine already. And that kind of irked me because, as a manager you don't just say that "oh we already brought you another glass of wine." And I was okay with a new glass of wine, but with a high caliber restaurant I had much better expectations. And he most definitely did not offer up a positive demeanor, you don't leave your customer with a bad taste in their mouth as if I wanted the dang bug to fly into my cup. But aside from that, I'd like to say the service was great! He was attentive, and he even brought out a candle in the cake for her birthday, which we didn't even mention to them (he probably overheard us)! The salmon and crab cakes were delicious, I love asparagus and it was perfect with the salmon/crab cakes. The dessert was average, as was the scallop. Sadly, I won't be going back to Occidental.
I highly recommend DC Restaurant Week, its perfect for checking out new restaurants at affordable prices! Especially for college students, and recent grads!
This concludes my Restaurant Week critique, but here are some other tips for trying DC Restaurant Week:
- Make reservations ahead of time through open table. (I just started using it, it's kind of like a yelp except its restaurants and you can earn points when you use open table).
- Always check about parking, since most of these places don't usually have a parking lot for you to park free in, it is DC after all. And valet parking may be out of your budget. Be prepared to pay for parking though!
- Read reviews, and look at what the ratings are! This is how we kind of selected restaurants, but don't let the reviews stop you from trying the restaurants you want to try! :)
- Most importantly enjoy your food, and take delicious photos to share with your blog! haha, but no it really is an enjoyable and fun time.
- PS some restaurants even extend DC Restaurant Week, so make sure to check out who is extending the date!
:D YAY and Happy Weds Ya'll!