Dinner of the week this week was at The Local Vine on Capitol Hill. We scored an awesome parking spot and as we walked across the street we noticed a new spot next door that had just opened: High 5 Pie. Sweet, two-fer tonight!
The Local Vine is a small wine bar with a nice menu. The wine selection is especially fun and accessible, grouped by reds and whites, fruity, fragrant, etc. Each color also had two different 3-wine tasting tours you could order for a nice price. I chose the Winter Whites tasting while BK did the Tour of Washington Reds. The food menu is lots sharing plates, so we shared quinoa tots w/ mango chutney, prosciutto and cheese plate, butternut squash flan, bacon w/ juniper molasses. Then BK had cassoulet and I had the pesto penne. I think the cassoulet and penne were our favorites. the bacon was nice with the molasses but some pieces were chewy. the flan was creative but needed a little more flavor, as did the quinoa tots. Cheese plate and prosciutto – always delicious. I would go back.
We were starting to feel full but how could we pass up a brand new pie shop? Of course we ducked in next door. The fun thing about High 5 is they do pie in all sorts of forms: sweet and savory, traditional slices, in a jar, hand pie and even lollipops! We tried the Peanut Butter & Jelly and a Mixed Berry. The PB&J was really good – nice and creamy. The mixed berry had an odd texture for a berry pie – really thick. its was good, but not as good…
Back at home we were now stuffed after a yummy date night.