Republic's menu and appetizer plate, see what I mean about eclectic Victoria.
Last weekend, my dad took me out for a belated birthday. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go, but I knew I wanted to go somewhere new. A month ago, I discovered how useful the Washingtonian is (I've been living in DC for almost 4 years, I'm not sure why it took this long), and in an article, I found a mini-review for the restaurant Republic, in Takoma Park, MD. I went online perused their menu and was sold at mussels (I love mussels).
We drove to Republic, found parking pretty easily (which is rare in the DC area), and went it. First, let me say that I love their decor. I would coin it as eclectic Victorian - big, cushy chairs; decorated china; heavy, dark wood, elegant details and accents. Also, their staff was very attentive. Not just in the fact that they regularly checked up on us, but in that they helped us navigate the menu, recommended food, and even relayed our compliments to the chef.
We got little hors d'oeuvres, compliments from the chef for our first time visiting. This was a cucumber and corn salsa on a corn chip with some bean dip.
While I came there for mussels, my dad was still very unsure of what he was getting, but while we perused the menu, the chef sent out little, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. They were quite delicious, and my dad even recommended that they put that on their menu.
Eventually, we decided on our meal. My dad got the Smith Meadows Farm Burger, and the ￼￼Pipe Dreams Fromage Goat Cheese Crostini, and I got Addie's Mussels and a Caesar Salad. Our appetizers didn't take too long to come out, and they were amazing! I eat Caesar salad a lot, but the dressing and the nice touch of anchovies really elevated it. And my dad's goat cheese crostini was so good! The warm goat cheese, the fried, crispy tomatoes, and the veggies just kept everything from getting to heavy. It was really heaven on a plate.
Not long after we finished out appetizers (and I was actually still nippling on my salad), we got our main course, and of course, they didn't disappoint. I'm a mussel connoisseur, so I really appreciate well cooked mussels, great tasting broth, and some thick bread to sop everything up. Of course, nothing disappointed me, but what really made is special was the bread. The bread was crispy but also really buttery and absorbent. It just made the mussels that much better.
So, if you are around Takoma Park, or just want a really great meal, I would definitely check out Republic. Great place to eat, great food and decor, hospitable staff. This is why I love DC life!
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