NoPA kitchen + bar

Written by on November 22, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Penn Quarter, Washington, DC

NoPA Kitchen+Bar

How I heard of this place: While staying in Federal Center SW, we were continuously tempted to rush out into town and sample all of the delicious fare in the city. While our schedules were not on our side for the rest of the week, we simply had to make time, before leaving, to sample DC cuisine. Our hotel concierge was vividly excited about NoPA (having just opened in May) and, as soon as my husband heard, “fried chicken“, it was the only place he would consider.

Type of cuisine: This is the award-winning restaurateur’s eighth restaurant in the nation’s Capitol and it serves American fare with French and Asian influences.

Ambiance: A new 160-seat American brasserie in the heart of Penn Quarter, nopa represents the restaurant’s location just north of Pennsylvania Avenue and it welcomes guests for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Dining

From the quiet dining to the right, complete with red booted seating to the comfort of squishy individual chairs alongside a brightly lit room of windows,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Dining 2

to the bar area at your left,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Bar

with its 1970s colored furnishings and deep wooden decor,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Bar Seating

the level of detail and precision put into this establishment is nothing short of spectacular. It’s no wonder the award-winning restauranteur had the wherewithal to create it, promote it, and rank it among his top favorites, including Rasika and Ardeo+Bardeo.

What I ordered: Finally having the opportunity to indulge our tastebuds and our guts, we found ourselves unable to turn down anything. We started with herbed, house made popovers served with whipped butter,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Popovers

a glass of cranberry juice ($3) for my husband, and a house made pomegranate syrup Shirley Temple ($2.75) for me. Our appetizers consisted of the Frisee Salad ($12) tossed in a Dijon and Bacon Vinaigrette, topped with thick cut chunks of crispy bacon and served with a very raw Poached Egg on top,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Frisee

and the Twice Fried Chicken ($10), including a burst of Sriracha in the batter!

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Twice Fried Chicken

For our main entrees, we enjoyed the top two recommendations of our server, as they were also at the top of each of our lists! First, the Slow Cooked Salmon ($24), served with Mushrooms and Pomegranate seeds in a White Truffle Broth,

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Salmon

as well as the Hanger Steak ($22), drenched in a Smoked Mustard Sauce, served alongside an arugula salad

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Hanger Steak

with Fries and a house made Sriracha ketchup.

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Frites

What I loved: The arugula salad alongside the Hanger Steak was perfectly wilted, yet crisp with a fresh, citrusy flavor; the smoked mustard sauce a perfect, comfort-food inspired topping to the succulent medium cuts of steak; the fresh, juicy pomegranate seeds adding texture to each bite, but it was the perfectly prepared, soft and flaky, tender salmon that continued to delight our senses. I am convinced, however, that the Twice Fried Chicken would be among the few reasons we would journey back to this establishment.

NoPA Kitchen+Bar Close-Up

Why I loved it: It’s a new place and we were among first to sample the fare at NoPA! Our bartender/server’s friendly and attentive demeanor, among the classic and comfortable setting, overlooking the beauty of the city sidewalks below made for a perfect meal shared with my husband after a long work week.

NoPA Kitchen+Bar View

Cost: Average to high ($18 – $26 per entree)

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