What do you get when you combine Jose Andres, 10 of Penn Quarter’s top restaurants, 5 food trucks, and live music, all supporting a great cause?
What a fun, well organized, entertaining, and DELICIOUS event! Now in its 2nd year, food lovers purchased tickets to this unique evening full of creative bites and hand-crafted cocktails. The ticket gained exclusive access to 10 incredible restaurants and 5 food trucks serving up a bounty of food and drinks.
The participating restaurants were:
4. Cuba Libre
5. Poste Brasserie
9. The Partisan
10. Del Campo
My favorites? Oyamel, Jaleo, and Cuba Libre. Why? They all had lots of different options, ample quantities, and there was minimal waiting time. Let’s take a look…
First up, Jaleo.
The chicken croquettes were SO GOOD, granted I am a sucker for croquettes. I also loved the chicken and mushroom paella; it almost had a teriyaki flavor to it. The chocolate cake with hazelnuts and gelato was incredible (helloooo I’m a chocoholic). This cake had chocolate mousse in it. YUM.
Oyamel had lots of different things to try…
My favorite thing here was the pork taco:
Oh yeah, this is also where this happened:
Heyyyyy Jose! Yeah, we felt pretty cool.
Cuba Libre had some great tapas!
Favorite? Definitely the drinks. The mojito was refreshing, and that punch…
Tito’s vodka, ginger, cardamom, hibiscus syrup, sour mix, and cherrywood bitters. Um, yes. I would like to drink these…always, please.
But let’s not stop there! Here’s what else we had throughout the night…
Zaytinya had a shrimp bite that was one of the best bites of the night; however, I ate it faster than I could take a picture…whoops!
Poste had the whole outside area of their restaurant reserved for the Dine n Dash. It was a great atmosphere.
SEI is the restaurant we started at. I had never been there before. It looked like they had a cool setup for happy hour– I’d probably go back to check it out.
Proof had fewer options, which makes sense since they are more of a wine bar than a full-service restaurant. Great wine selections (though I didn’t have any) and their cocktail was a moscow mule.
The food trucks were awesome to have, especially since they have become such a big part of the DC food scene. Representing were Pepe, DC Empanadas, BBQ Bus, Takorean, and Red Hook Lobster.
We tried the lobster truck, the empanada truck, and pepe.
Yummm…that’s a lot right? You better believe we were stuffed after trying everything.
What makes this even better? All Dine n Dash proceeds go directly to World Central Kitchen, Jose Andres’s “humanitarian organization that focuses on Smart Solutions to Hunger and Poverty.”
We had such a blast throughout the evening. This was hands-down one of the most well organized events I have been to in a long time, as well as the one with the most variety. And it’s an annual occurrence?! Cannot wait for next year.
See you there!