DC Restaurant Week at Charlie Palmer Steak


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Jennifer, Amber, and I last summer at the W for Amber’s birthday

Between our jobs, relationships, and (for some) kids, getting together with your girls is difficult. I make an effort to have a catch up session with friends at least once a month. Usually it is a happy hour or a night out at a bar or lounge. While these options are fun, it involves larger groups of people, noisy environments, and slightly increased alcohol consumption. Since we are overdue for a reunion we decided a nice dinner would be the best option.

Specifically, we wanted a steak dinner. You are probably thinking to yourself “isn’t the point of this blog to give low-cost date options?” “Aren’t steakhouses really expensive?” “Why didn’t ya’ll just go to TGI Friday’s?” The answer to the first two questions is “yes” and to the last I say, “Because it’s DC Restaurant Week!” For those of you that don’t know, Restaurant Week is a biannual event where restaurants offer a three-course prefix lunch ($22) or dinner ($35) featuring select items from their regular menus. Initially, you may think $22 or $35 is a lot to pay for one meal but you have to consider this meal includes an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. Some restaurants even include an adult beverage.

The beauty about Restaurant Week is it gives you the chance to dine at restaurant you would not otherwise choose because of the price. We chose to dine at Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill. Their regular menu has a $90 steak so this is clearly the perfect option for Restaurant Week. So last week we braved the cold post Snowzilla streets of DC for our “Girls Date.” Of course we started off with some drinks. Jennifer and I got pinooooot noooooirrrr (Kimmy Schmidt fans get it) and Amber got a Manhattan. We all chose the same appetizer, the short rib ravioli. Honestly, I could have had this for my main course it was that good. Part of the starting course was a butternut squash soup that came in what looked like a shot glass. It was amazing.

The menu for Restaurant Week

There was also a bread bowl that came with a…wait for it…pureed salmon spread! This was already worth the $35 and we haven’t even had the entrée yet! We each ordered the steak for our entrée because duh. I do not eat steak very often but when I do I make sure it is worth it and this was worth it! It was perfectly cooked, was tender and juicy, just all around drool worthy. It came with a oxtail puff pastry as a side that was equally delicious. We finished our meals with dessert. This was one of the best dinners I have ever had. The ambiance of the restaurant, wait staff, and the scene make it ideal for a special occasion.

So, if you have an anniversary or birthday coming up I recommend it. This was a great night out that I think we all needed. So ladies (and gents if you’re reading) always make time for your friends. Plan a monthly “friend date” and continue making priceless memories despite your busy schedules. If your interested in DC Restaurant it was extended through February 4, with some restaurants extending to February 7. It is also Alexandria’s Restaurant Week January 9-February 7 if you are willing to go over the bridge for a good meal. Share your meals using the hashtag #rwdmv and enjoy eating a gourmet meal for the (semi) cheap.


First course: Short Rib Ravioli

Jennifer’s Dessert: Orange Cardamon Creme Brulee with Brown Butter Sable, Candied Pisachio, Sweet Cream
Cranberry Walnut Bar with Ginger Ice Cream, Salted Caramel
My Dessert: Cranberry Walnut Bar with Ginger Ice Cream, Salted Caramel
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Citrus
Amber’s Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Citrus

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