We had a terrific dinner at 701 for Thanksgiving. Very sophisticated looking place. Lots of the men actually had on suits!!! Right at the Penn Quarter Metro station so a breeze to get to. Each course offered several options, including vegetarian. For our starters, we shared little venison meatballs with chopped fresh sage in them and a little quince puree and a house smoked rainbow trout on a bed of black lentils with horseradish. Each of those gave meaning to the word "appetizer" as they certainly whetted our appetites. It's been a week and just writing the words here is making me hungry. For main courses, we both had the heritage suckling pig, locally sourced, with sausage stuffing, celery root and savoy cabbage. The manager stopped by while we were having it and I jokingly asked if they had a head lying around back in the kitchen. He said they got three pigs and the heads got reserved by diners immediately. Dang :) The slice seemed small when it was placed in front of me but it was so rich that I wouldn't have wanted any more. The crispy, cracklin' skin was perfect. I saved one piece of it as my last bite of that dish. For dessert we both had the pecan tart with vanilla ice cream and just some swirls of chocolate sauce on the plate. This was so much, much better than pecan pie IMO because it didn't have the often cloyingly sweet filling. The dinner was $45pp which I thought was a great deal. We had a bottle of Marsannay Rose' for $45.
701 is part of a family of restaurants that includes Rasika which we also adored. I'd recommend this highly to anyone. When we return to DC, we'll return to 701 also. Thanks to CH for the rec.
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