Monday, August 12, 2013

First Taste: Angler's Inn

We were greeted at The Angler's Inn and made our way to our seats on their amazing patio for a beautiful evening.  

The live music made the restaurant a charming date spot.  There are two expansive outdoor terraces.  
The front patio where we sat holds 200 and they also have an outdoor Beer Garden in the back.  

Chef Nick Palermo perfectly executed a menu filled with American cuisine with modern twists.  The meal was off to a lovely start with some bubbly.  
The soft shell crab was crunchy and full of flavor.  
The homemade cavatelli and meatballs hit the spot.  
I never turn down Wagyu beef carpaccio.  
The pan seared halibut was absolutely delicious.  The wine pairings along the way complimented the food to a tee.
The service was exceptional.  We'll be back again soon for another wonderful night.

History of the Restaurant:  

The Angler’s Inn is a landmark building with an almost century-old tradition, embodied by its location and legend. The Inn stands near the site of the Algonquin Nation trading post and the site where Captain John Smith made camp on his canoe trip up the river in the summer of 1608. In 1828, the canal was built and The Angler’s Inn was opened to accommodate those traveling to and from the nation’s capital. The Inn also served as a destination for couriers during the Civil War as well as a hunting and fishing destination for Teddy Roosevelt. In 1957, John Reges, a prominent Washington attorney, purchased the Inn for his wife, Olympia Reges, who restored the property to once again offer hospitality, fine foods, and carefully chosen beers, wines, and liquors. By Olympia Reges’ death in 2005, the Inn had once again deteriorated but the ownership remained in the Reges family. The second generation has worked tirelessly to once again restore the charm and beauty of the Inn that is proudly named a historic preservation site and a top DC area dining destination.   (The history was provided by a representative of the restaurant.)
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