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Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
October 19, 2011
May 16, 2008
From journal Back to the Nation's Capitol
London, United Kingdom
April 6, 2008
Capitol City Brewing has two other locations, one in Arlington and the other one in downtown DC, which in 1992 was the first brew pub established since Prohibition.
We went in for lunch and the immense bar was mostly empty. We took a booth seat downstairs and craned our necks around to take in what felt like a cathedral dedicated to beer drinking. Tall copper beer vats soared high behind the bar like fat church organ pipes, their tops almost reaching those of the railings of the gallery seating area upstairs.
After a short wait, a server came to take our drinks order. As we enquired about the current list of beers on tap, we were puzzled by the fact that the server was unable to address us directly and instead seemed more comfortable looking off to the left and into the distance. When he left we realized that he’d been reading off the list of ales from a blackboard located above the entrance. We wondered how educated the Brewery staff actually are in the pints they serve. Strangely enough when the same guy returned to take our food order he still had a tendency to look off in another direction. We both ordered fish and chips and thought perhaps he was new and shy, or had an unfortunate crick in his neck.
We had a fairly long wait until our meals arrived and when they did, we were struck by the mediocrity of the food. I’ve tried a variety of fish and chips in my time and generally would expect the dish to be capably prepared at pubs and breweries but at Capitol City the fish and chips were so bland that I didn’t even clear the plate. It was also at this point that the service took a complete nosedive and we had to wait an interminable amount of time to get the bill.
If you want to check out the local DC brews, then by all means come to Capitol City and spend some time at their bar. I would, however, strongly recommend that you don’t waste any time eating here as there are many other restaurants in the city that are far more worthy of your time and attention.
From journal The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC
Queens, New York
July 16, 2007
From journal A Day in DC
by Bruce Horne
June 3, 2007
From journal D.C. Trip
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
December 5, 2005
On the day we decided to do the stuff on the Mall, we had this map of the sites. In one corner there was an ad for a place called Capitol City Brewing Co. What caught our eye is that you got a free glass with every entree. My lovely assistant and I have a bad habit of collecting glasses everywhere we go, and even though I am usually completely against eating anywhere that I find advertised on a map solely for tourists, the lure of a free glass was far too much for me to fight. Plus, it was close and we were starving after our many hours at the Capitol Building.
The restaurant we went to (there is another one downtown) is located right next to Union Station, in the building that houses the Postal Service Museum. The restaurant is cavernous, with enormously high ceilings. The main eating and bar area is on the ground, but there is also a balcony area that runs along one wall overlooking the rest of the room. In the middle of the restaurant are the large copper vats used for brewing the microbrews they serve. They were quite striking. I just love the look of highly polished copper.
Unfortunately for us, on the day we went, the kitchen was down. Right when we walked in, the hostess apologized and handed us a cut-down menu of appetizers and soup. We all saw something that we wanted, so we decided to go anyway. The good thing about the lack of kitchen was that there was hardly anyone in the place, and I imagine that on a Friday at 12:30 it is normally crowded.
The food we had was good. Instead of bringing rolls to the table, they bring wonderful chewy pretzels. Yum! It was a good start. I ordered a cup of spectacular Crab and Corn Chowder ($3), and I literally scraped the cup clean. I also had an order of spinach-and-artichoke dip served with tortilla chips ($7). It was good but very rich. I wasn't able to finish it. My lovely assistant had a pulled pork barbecue sandwich served with fries ($8) that we all thought was great. None of us ordered it, but they did walk by with a huge plate of jambalaya ($12) that looked (and smelled!) wonderful. That might be worth a try.
If you go, don't forget to try some of the locally made beers. It is a brewery after all. I had the Amber Waves Ale, which was a little bitter for me. My companions both ordered the seasonal Pumpkin Ale, which is served with the rim dipped in honey and cinnamon. It was excellent but a little messy. Our beers were $4.50 for 12 ounces.
If you find yourself around Union Station at lunch, this is definitely worth a try.
From journal Four exhausted girls spend a weekend in DC
August 13, 2003
It was crowded and noisy and fun on a Friday evening. The wait was only minutes and the service was fast and friendly.
The bar area was hopping.
The portions are very large. I wasn't very hungry and ordered two side items. When they came, it was a whole plate full of each and I had to have help.
This place consistently serves good food, has fast friendly service and is crowded whether it's lunch or dinner. I plan to return whenever I'm in DC.
From journal Spying in D.C.
June 11, 2003
We were seated quickly, and there was no delay in getting our orders taken. I ordered the Bistro Beefsteak Garni, which is an 8-ounce center-cut top sirloin steak with peppercorn butter, marinated in red wine and roasted garlic. It was served with a Caesar salad and fries. Irene ordered the pasta primavera, angel hair pasta with carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and tofu. The portions are generous, and everything was well-prepared. What was unusual was that my Caesar salad was not served first; instead, it was on the plate with my steak and fries.
There was a very mixed clientele the night we were there—everyone from seniors to young students. The main draw is their brew pints. Because of my diet, I was not able to test out any of them, but we appeared to be the only people in there who weren’t. They have a nice selection of souvenirs to bring the experience home with you, and Irene picked up one of the shot glasses for her husband.
The décor is very typical of most brewpubs—large copper vat, kegs above the door, and the open-warehouse feeling. The booths have burgundy cushions, and the table and chairs are wooden. The barstools though look like something from a soda fountain, with chrome and vinyl. The restrooms can be identified by the black-and-white photos of the appropriate sex person. This was very good value, and the service was excellent.
From journal Iz and Irene in DC