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Local Lunch at Redwood

September 19, 2011

I’d heard good things about Bethesda’s Redwood Restaurant since it opened but when Michelle Obama visited a few months ago, I knew it needed to move up a few spots on my to-eat list.

Redwood’s mission “is to bring you a seasonal menu, that showcases the best mid-atlantic ingredients. our produce, meat, and seafood is naturally-raised, organic, or sustainable whenever possible, and we favor local growers, ranchers, fishermen, and artisanal producers.”

There was so much delicious food to choose from, I had a hard time choosing just one entree! Many menu items — especially the cheese and meat plates — specified exactly which farm they came from.

Redwood is also dog-friendly so guess who joined me for lunch?

Lexie is such a beggar. She even got her first taste of cappuccino… because she’s spoiled like that. (Oh yea, my dad came too. Clearly he comes second to the dog.)

As for me, I split an order of onion rings — because, really, you can’t go wrong with onion rings —

and amazing salmon-and-tuna tacos, loaded with guacamole, salsa and fresh cilantro. Only complaint: please specify if you’re going to drizzle sour cream on top. Not everyone wants that, so at least list it on the menu.

The tacos plus rice and beans was way too much food, but I gave one taco to my dad and left Redwood happily stuffed. Such an awesome combination of flavors and so fresh-tasting.

And to round out the meal, a cappuccino. There’s something so relaxing about relaxing post-lunch with a cappuccino rather than just paying and rushing off, isn’t there? Of course, Lexie saw me mixing in the foam with a spoon and was convinced it was ice cream. She sat under the chair crying and crying until she got some foam. Such a #firstworlddog, eating cappuccino foam.

This is really the perfect time of year for sitting outside to drink coffee. Not so warm that you’re sweating, not so cold that you can’t feel your fingers. Just… ideal. Lovely.

Regardless of how you feel about the Obamas’ politics, they’ve been great ambassadors for DC’s restaurants by eating out at lots of local eateries while they’ve lived here. There are even blogs dedicated to tracking everything they eat and it definitely gives restaurants a little higher profile when they have the Obama seal of approval — look at Ray’s Hell Burger, now the best-known burger place in the DC area thanks to the president’s repeated visits.

If nothing else, we may have our first foodie first family.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2011 8:08 am

    I’ve walked past that place a bunch of times but never tried it. Good to know that it’s good. We went to Ben’s Chili Bowl last time we were in DC strictly because Obama ate there.

  2. September 19, 2011 10:42 am

    Great post Erin! I lived in Bethesda and always wanted to try Redwood though I never did. Now I’m tempted to make the trip! Yes, totally agree about sipping a cappucinno instead of rushing off after lunch. I do enjoy those leisurely meals on the weekends so much more than the rushed ones of the week.

    And great point on Obama. I never would have gone to Ray’s probably had such a fuss not been made over him going there. Now I’ve been three times! I feel like someone could actually write a whole column on that little nugget about him helping to build business at local eateries. Hope to see you soon!

  3. September 20, 2011 10:22 am

    Looks so yummy. I’ll have to put it on Hub and I’s date night agenda. I love that you brought your dog – I wish we could bring Penny out to restaurants, but she has a mortal fear of well, the city. Take her to the country though, and she’ll outrun a horse. 🙂

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