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Crystal City Mini Find!

Pam H | Nov 19, 2003 05:32 PM

you people that live in that forgotten but charming little neighborhood of bungalows between the Pentagon and Target (or the Afghan place, as I like to think of it) are newly fortunate...

I stopped in the just opened Sinplicity Cafe on the corner of Eads and 23rd today for lunch -- it opened on Monday.

I had a great homemade smoky with bacon black bean soup -- fresh cilantro mixed in, not too thick (which means no artifical thickeners, which I love) a very good soup. I also ordered a smoked chicken qusadilla that had real carmelized onions and a good cheese on it (didn't note what kind). The salsa was ok...i think chiptles figured into this somewhere. Very good as far as quesadillas go. It came with a side of mayo-free cabbage slaw strewn with spiced candided pecans. Fabulous. I dont like cole slaw and I inhaled this stuff.

They have both tables and couple of easy chairs, and the staff is very eager and friendly -- the chef was out and around offering tastes to everyone. They have a brunch menu that looks interesting too.

At any rate, the real standout here is the ice creams and desserts.

Sinplicity makes sorbet and ice cream in house (and sells it at Sutton and is apparently making inroads into NYC gourmet stores). They gave me (a lactose intolerant-but-enthusiast!) a taste of all the ice creams and sorbets in the case. Overall very high quality, dense, low air content and nice classic flavors with interesting twists.

The hands down best by my palate was Cranberry Orange sorbet, which was tart without and bitterness and did not make your mouth pucker. Really, really worth a side trip on the way to or from Old Navy. I picked up a meniu and made notes on the other flavors but prompty lost it. The next best by my lights was also a sorbet -- blackberry, port and thyme. Not too sweet, and the port was a really great counterpoint. There was irish cream with cashews (sweet but delicious), apple with calvados (sweetness nicely offset by calvados and a little carmel string that ran through...very much like a good apple pie); cinnamon with something, hazelnut with something else -- was it chocolate? the chocolate was very good -- dark and bitter. I am forgetting a few -- the one miss was a Chunky Monkey rip off (banana chocolate etc.). After so many sophisticated flavors it just seemed so ...childish. At any rate: for great, interesting, high quality ice cream, or a nice cup of joe or a pleasing quesadilla, give this place a try! its in the old music store, doesnt look like much from the outside.

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