Some wear their patriotism on their sleeve – literally as is often the case with flag-bedazzled tourists. At District Commons, the nods to America are more subtle.
The large, airy interior is divided into two spots. The U-shaped bar is flanked by exposed brick walls, a floor-to-ceiling fridge and high pub-style round tables. The expansive dining room is sleek with floor-to-ceiling windows, subtle gray tones and light woods. Along the walls are historic photos of DC, though not the typical proud-to-be-an-American kind. Rather they feature everyday people biking or swimming in the Potomac with just a glimpse of the Capitol or Washington Monument in the background.
The menu nods to the theme as well with your choice of mussels done red (Thai Curry), white (Lemon Thyme Cream) or blue (Blue Cheese and Oskar Blues beer). There’s flatbreads to nosh on if you just want a snack or full entrees from roast chicken to a “burger” made of barbeque short ribs.
A lengthy wine and beer list is matched by an equally long spirits collection. And, cocktails include the classics – Gin Rickey, Manhattan – playful takes on favorites – the District Collins is made with limoncello and vodka – and even Hoptails – cocktails mixed with beer.
And that’s how you like to salute America.
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