Anyone who knows me, knows I have a HUGE love of speakeasies. A few weekends ago, we decided to try Harold Black, and we were definitely not disappointed.
Like most speakeasies, you either spend quite a bit of time looking for the entrance, or you look it up (like we did). Below are the directions on how to find the speakeasy, including a video!
Directions: To the left Acqua al 2’s patio is a nondescript wooden door. It looks as though it’s locked, but it’s not. You go up the staircases, open another door, and up another staircase. At the end of the hallway is a table with instructions.
Once inside, you’re transported into a genuine replica of a 1920s speakeasy. From the furniture, to the lighting (which makes the atmosphere that much cooler), to the decor, and even the bathrooms, they left no detail out. (Note, bathroom lighting makes great selfie lighting 😛 )
As for the drinks/food – both are amazing. We spent two hours tasting some of the appetizers, and each choosing two cocktails from the menu. (The menu changes often enough that it’s hard to recommend anything.)
Out of the three I’ve been to in D.C. thus far, PX, Harold Black, and Captain Gregory’s I’d recommend, in that order.
I’ve been to B Too before, but it was so good I had to come back! Bart Vandaele has created a Belgium concept that has become something of a staple in Logan Circle. If you have ever been to Belgium, you know that there’s primarily two sides to the country: French and Dutch. Known for mainly mussels, chocolate, and waffles, (and cheese on the dutch side), a lot of authentic Belgium food can seem bland. Bart has managed to take many common dishes and put a tasteful flair to them. It’s one of the reasons it’s so popular. We ended up with a three course meal for each, and out of that, only one dish got a picture (we were so hungry, we sort of forgot). Below are my recommendations:
- Salade Van Bietjes (Red beet salad) – gluten-free – highly recommended
- Wafel Van Kreeft (Maine lobster waffle) – highly recommended
- Poulet Rôti Père Maurits (Roasted Amish chicken) – gluten-free – highly recommended
- Belgische Filet Pur Met Friejtes (Center cut filet with fries) – The steak was decent but the fries were amazing!
- S’mores dish (cannot remember the actual name of the dish) – Isn’t recommended – the waffle dessert is better
- House made ice cream and sorbet – gluten-free – Isn’t recommended – I wasn’t a fan of the taste of any of the flavors