monumental meal

Lincoln — Washington DC                                                                                                    1110 Vermont Avenue, NW

What a fun place to go to dinner. Appropriately presidentially themed for Washington D.C., serving artistically crafted cocktails and seasonal small plates all from locally sourced, fresh ingredients broken into three main categories — appetizer items, salads & sides, and proteins. 2-3 plates per person is recommended and sharing is encouraged. Our group of 7 made a bit of a game of it:  each ordering 1 item from all catgories, duplicates were luck of the draw, and we shared everything. That’s 21 plates in all and there was more than enough food for a filling meal. These are true small plates — larger than tapas, smaller than entrees. Food came at us fast & furious and I did my best to keep up both eating and taking photos. Well, 14 out of 21 ain’t bad:

Missing from the photo line up — 2 orders of varied deviled eggs served on the cutest chicken shaped scales, tuna tartare, a basic risotto and fried calamari (plus 2 dupes makes 21). As I said, more food than we needed. No dessert necessary on this night although they did provide a complementary plate of gingerbread morsels stuffed with cream cheese. Supposedly one of Lincoln’s favorites.

The fit out is pure Lincoln from top to bottom with original artworks of and about the President on the walls, fun facts about Lincoln on the menus and 799,997 Lincoln pennies making up the floor surface. Even the bathroom signs were appropriately themed — Abes for guys, and Marys for gals.

All in all, a great place to take out of town visitors for a truly fun D.C. experience.

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