Capital Cooking Contributor
Great spots to dine and enjoy an after work cocktail are aplenty in the DC area but few feature a rooftop deck with a quaint, low-key neighborhood hang-out feel like 1905 Restaurant. Located in the U Street Cooridor neighborhood, the restaurant focuses on bistro fare with a Southern twist. Inside the restaurant, the decor is cozy and plush with dim lighting. In contrast, the rooftop deck is spacious and airy with view overlooking the U Street neighborhood -- a great place to enjoy some summer cocktails and unwind.
The cocktail menu features light and refreshing cocktails that go perfect with summer weather, like the Skinny Thyme, consisting of Veev Acai Berry Liqueur, thyme-infused simple syrup, lemon juice, and soda. Crisp and clean, it's a great sipper to enjoy on the rooftop deck.
1905 offers lots of fun bar snacks to accompany the cocktails including chips with caviar horseradish dip, maple-bacon peanuts, and truffled deviled eggs. I enjoyed the whimsical style of the peanuts as a traditional, salty bar snack.
And the chicken liver-country ham mousse topped with pickled celery and radishes was smooth and savory with a bright finish from the pickled veggies.
One of my favorite dinner entrees at 1905 was the Carolina Gold Risotto with boiled peanuts, creamy risotto, asparagus, lemon vinegar, and basil crunch. It was a delicious vegetarian dish, with fresh spring vegetables, and topped with edible flowers.
Another tasty dinner was the Hanger Steak served with ham-sherry potato salad, english peas, and black garlic molasses mustard. The steak was cooked perfectly and the molasses mustard sauce was a yummy pairing with the steak. The potatoes salad was outstanding, adding a fun, Southern picnic flair to the plate.
Southern-inspired food in a relaxed, neighborhood-style setting. With the added ambiance of a rooftop bar to enjoy evening cocktails with fresh air and fireflies as the weather warms up. A great way to spend a summer evening.