Yesterday was no exception. I've made a new friend! How exciting is that, right? He's a musician who lives in my area and we met and hit it off and now we best friends forever. Actually, yesterday we had a conversation about airing your personal life on the Internet but c'mon, I'm a blogger! Plus I'm promoting him, so it's all good.
Anyway, yesterday we took an impromptu trip into D.C. because we're both sick of the burbs. I loveeee DC Not only is it the nation's capitol (woo hoo, America!) but it's also a diverse metropolis filled with different ethnic areas, fabulous restaurants and free museums. You can't beat that. Now, as much as I say I love DC, I don't often get into the city. When Chris suggested it though, I was all for it.
Our first of two stops was the Spy Museum, which is awesome and perfect if you have little kids or immature adults like myself. It's a good mix of informative and interactive so it hits the spot for most people. If I were an activities blogger I'd tell you all about that but I know you're way more interested in the FOOD.
So, the Spy Museum is conveniently located next to Chinatown, which alongside Chinese food (of which is plentiful) has tons of other cuisine to offer. Chris suggested Matchbox DC, which is a vintage pizza bistro in a little brick building that used to be a Chinese grocery store. It was totally worth the 30 minute wait. Although you could order something fancy on the menu like their salmon or pork chops, Chris and I went in the opposite direction and ordered something (as Lauren would say) humble and perfect.
To start, we got mini burgers. Not your average plate, right? Now, I'm not a huge fan of fried onion, but I had a few bites of these crunchy little straws and they were pretty good. The hand-pattied certified Angus beef burgers were served on toasted brioche with mozzarella and pickles. They were tiny but so satisfying that I stopped at one. Plus, we all know I love little versions of big food!
Then, then we got the pizza. There were so many choices. I had a hard time choosing from the Veggie (cremini mushrooms / spanish onions / roasted poblano peppers / roasted garlic / mozzarella / fresh herbs / fingerling potato crisps) the Q Special (grilled marinated chicken / portabella mushrooms / roasted red peppers / zesty tomato sauce / mozzarella) and several others. We came to the decision to get two and swap. I got the Serrano Spanish Ham & Pecorino Romano (roasted garlic / ricotta / buffalo mozzarella / oven-dried tomato) and Chris got the Chicken Pesto (grilled marinated chicken / house-made pesto sauce / mozzarella). Mine was good (and something I randomly chose because I wanted something different) but Chris' was great. The pesto was so flavorful and perfectly complemented the chicken and mozz. Mmm Mmm Mmm...he even shared his leftovers with me so I get it for dinner tonight!
We must have looked like a charming young couple or something, because compliments of the chef we were served mini cinnamon donuts with chocolate and caramel sauce. The caramel one was better, and we all know how much I love chocolate.
The food was truly wonderful. The only complaint I have was that one of the servers walked by me several times and made some borderl ine inappropriate comments. He also called me Sugar. How charming! Chris said he'd beat him up but it's better not to cause a scene, right?
Anyway, next time you're in DC and looking for a great bite, check out Matchbox, located on H Street in Chinatown!