Friday, November 26, 2010

Barcode: Grand Opening

Earlier this month marked the grand opening of Bar-Code, a laid-back, yet trendy restaurant located at L and 17th, right off of the Farragut North Metro stop. This is owner Antonis Karagounis's 4th restaurant in the D.C. metro area. Other establishments of his include Lima, Glow, and Ultrabar.

Bar-Code first came off as a lounge/bar. The lights are low, and the decor is very modern. However, the vibe is thrown off by the huge flat-screen TV's lining the bar. Is it a sports bar or an upscale restaurant? Maybe a little bit of both?

The food has an Italian influence with dishes like calamari, pasta pomodoro, and tiramisu. Then, there are oddballs thrown into the mix like "avocado dip with a 'Tuscan flair'"(guacamole), and the Bar-Code Burger. Everything that Diana and I sampled was quite good, but beware vegetarians: there aren't many options (other than pizza) sans meat.

Would I go back? Probably. I enjoyed the food, the atmosphere was sophisticated, but not over-the-top, and the service was great. It's a little pricey, but for the location, pricey menus are to be expected.
So, if you're out near Farragut North, be sure to give Bar-Code a's open until 2 or 3 a.m. for those of us who like a late night meal or a snack after a night out!
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(202) 955-9001
1101 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036


Antonis Karagounis said...

Lauren, thank you for the great review. I think you saw the first draft of our menu, so your review was based on that. Our final draft of the menu has plenty of vegetarian options added: More salads, Pesto Pasta, Butter Pasta, Pomodoro Pasta, Mushroom Risotto, pretty much all our pizzas and we now have a Vegetable Panini!

Other than that, the prices are pretty reasonable I believe. All items are $8-$18. Actually cheap for the area. Don't you think?

Capital Cooking said...

Thanks Antonis. This review was actually written by one of our marketing coordinators living on a college budget. I'd love to come in an check it out sometime.