Blue Duck Tavern: ‘Dem Bones

Blue Duck Tavern Bone Marrow

The menu at Blue Duck Tavern is a moving target. It changes with the seasons, or with the chef, but there’s one thing that we hope never goes away: ‘Dem bones. It’s as simple as that. We’re talking about The Best Thing on the Menu: Wood Oven-Roasted Bone Marrow with Horseradish Butter and a Parsley Crust.

Marrow is nature’s margarine (and far more spreadable than butter), so don’t miss out on the perfect bite at BDT. First, smear marrow on still-warm toast, then smash a roasted garlic clove on top before digging in. While you’re feeling guilty about calories (Anthony Bordain calls marrow God’s Butter), remember that it contains essential fatty acids and at least eight vitamins and minerals.

Blue Duck Tavern Dessert

Another stunner comes in dessert form. Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego is a wizard of epic proportions. Just look at this deconstructed Meyer Lemon Ice Box Cake consisting of Lemon Cremeux, graham cake, cream cheese blueberry pearls and Tasmanian pepper meringue.

It looks like an underwater ballet set in a coral reef. Sometimes when things get too artsy, they don’t taste as grand. But this sure does. Nothing says where the hell are you summer more than the pairing of blueberry and lemon.

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1789: Halibut Cheeks

1789 Halibut Cheeks

Smile, the Best Thing on the Menu at 1789 are Halibut Cheeks with Riesling Creamed Leeks, American Sturgeon Caviar and Crispy Leeks. These half-moons might look like fried pirogues, but they’re actually the very best part of the Alaskan fish.

Smile even wider sweet cheeks, because 1789 just announced that this summer (June 2- Sept 12) they will offer a deal every day except Saturdays. Choose ANY appetizer, entree and dessert for $45. We have departing deep-pocket Georgetown students and the Congressional recess to thank for this seemingly impossible price point.

1789 Lamb Shoulder

Chef Anthony Lombardo says he uses more lamb than any other restaurant in the city. One look at the lamb shoulder entree, which has as many wheels of lamb as a tricycle, and this factoid is no surprise. However, if you show up expecting this entree to be on the menu, you could be cruising for a bruising. The restaurant’s whole animal philosophy means a different lamb dish every night. After all, when was the last time you saw any animal with an endless supply of shoulders.

1789 Dessert

Finish the night with something over-the-top decadent from Pastry Chef Ryan Westover. There’s something special about a man covered nearly full-sleeves of Batman tattoos who can put together elegant dessert after elegant dessert like this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie for Two. Doesn’t it look like some kind of dinosaur nest egg from Jurassic Park?

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