EatBar in Arlington displayed a wide range of quality on a recent late nite foray. I went there principally to try their chestnut soup, lured in by a snippet in the Washington Post, y'know the blurb in which a reader sends in their idea of a Best Bite? In addition to the chestnut soup, I tried the wild mushroom ragout and the chorizo, goat cheese, and piquillo pepper dish.
It's been a long time since I've had chestnut soup, and this was a good version. In addition to the soup they added a fried egg (good) and cinammon bacon. Not sure why anyone would want to do that to bacon, but they succeeded in making bacon taste not like bacon. No thanks.
The mushroom ragout was a big hit. Plump, juicy, hot, with a slightly spicy kick even. About as perfect as a portion of food can be.
What came next, though, was a horror. It turned out to be a goat cheese and piquillo pepper fritter served with field greens and a dark chorizo paste. Everything about this was awful. The stems of the greens were unchewable, the fritter tasted liked it was not fresh plus the cheese had little flavor. The paste was a sticky mess hidden underneath everything in a kind of perverse tribute to layering.
EatBar features a big bar and a hefty list of bar food as small plates. I'm tempted to go back for the burger or onion rings and watch a game on tv.