I was going to originally title this post “A Day in Georgetown” or “A Stroll in Georgetown” but I realized all I did while in this quaint part of DC was eat. So I will apologize in advance if you wanted to see the charming neighborhood or know what there is to do. I will have to visit again so that I can provide you with those details because this blog post is purely about what I ate.
I ended up in Georgetown by accident. I made a reservation at Degrees in the Ritz Carlton because I saw a picture of the S’mores French Toast on Instagram and I had to have it. In the days previous, I had discovered a Ritz Carlton in my neighborhood and assumed that was the one based on the proximity. Well, I was wrong. There are actually two Ritz Carltons within 10 minutes of each other, who knew?! After being directed to the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown from the staff at the Ritz Carlton in Foggy Bottom, we got a Lyft and were on our way.
I arrived with one thing on my mind. I can sometimes be indecisive when ordering but this time I knew exactly what I wanted; South Street S’mores French Toast, please. I think the server was surprised at the expedience to which I chose my breakfast entree.
The French Toast is made with a cinnamon swirl bread and filled with Nutella and marshmallow. It was topped with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries (as a garnish to add color probably). I love s’mores so I was excited to see all of the melted chocolate and marshmallows when the dish was delivered. I must say although I really enjoyed this dish, I wish there had been more marshmallows inside the toast. It seemed like they were only placed around the crust instead of layered throughout. As a result, the center was void of the marshmallow filling I love and only contained a layer of Nutella. Again, I love the ooeey gooey marshmallow creme in s’mores so most people probably would not even notice or care.
I stayed in the restaurant and caught up on some work a bit before I was off to the next restaurant. Since I was not planning to be in Georgetown, I had not selected a place for lunch in advance. I used Yelp and Instagram photos to identify where I would have lunch.
Luke’s Lobster won. I was able to walk to Luke’s from the Ritz and stop for a little shopping along the way. When I arrived at Luke’s, it wasn’t very busy. This was a bit alarming and had me wondering if I had selected the right place. I figured I would give it a try at least and if I did not like it, then I would just find another place to eat.
I could not figure out what I wanted to try so I chose Luke’s Trio which included a mini lobster roll, a mini shrimp roll, and a mini crab roll. This was the perfect cure for my indecision and the foodie in me because it would allow me to taste all of the options all in one visit.
All of the seafood was steamed, seasoned and doused with butter. Each was served in a warm buttered roll. Although the preparation of the sandwiches was the same, the taste was different because of the natural flavor of the seafood. My preference in order was 1) Lobster 2) Shrimp 3) Crab.
I chose the combo which included a side and a drink. Since chips are something I could get anywhere, I tried the poppyseed slaw. All I will say is don’t do it. I ate two spoonfuls just to make sure I was not tripping when I ate the first and its a NO. The slaw was bland and flavorless. Pretend this is not on the menu and just get the chips.
Lunch was surprisingly light and so since I still had room I decided to go get dessert. While sitting at Luke’s, I ended up chatting with a woman who is a local. She told me about Georgetown Cupcakes and their extreme popularity. She warned me that the lines can be very long but the cupcakes were delicious. I was sold!
There was a bit of a line when I arrived but nothing major. My timing was perfect though because shortly after I stepped in line, the crowd came and the line was out the door. There were so many tempting flavors but I decided only to get two.
I chose the Blueberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Fudge. These cupcakes were so darn good! Like seriously, I almost went back the very next day to buy a half dozen. Had I not taken them to go, I probably would have ordered a few more before I departed once I tasted how good they were.
The Blueberry Cheesecake was a mini cheesecake shaped like a cupcake. There was a graham cracker crust with a cream cheese and blueberry filling. I love cheesecake so this was a delightful surprise. The Peanut Butter Fudge was a chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter icing. It was rich and delish! I definitely would be a regular customer for this bake shop if I lived in the city. The cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcakes are some of the best I have had in a long time. Do yourself a favor and try them for yourself.
I had dinner reservations later on that night or else I would have stayed in the neighborhood for one more meal. I enjoyed a delicious day of dining in Georgetown and the next time I return I promise to do more than eat.
What are your suggestions for places to eat and things to do when I return?