Bourbon Steak, Lounge
Fries cooked in duck fat. The words alone could give you a cardiac arrest. And yet I've eaten them here, here, and now at Bourbon Steak. YUM. This incarnation has three varieties--regular, Old Bay (of course), and white cheddar. The flavors are subtle, and the accompanying dips are straight up ketchup, bbq sauce, and...the yellow-ish one that was fluffy and I loved it, but I have no idea what it was. Listen, the fries were one cocktail in on an empty stomach, and it was late.
Speaking of cocktails. J enjoyed the Moscow Mule for the second time (second place, 4th Mule, really). He was only slightly disappointed that it didn't come in the traditional copper mug. Ginger beer is so awesome. I first enjoyed the Kerouac Cocktail, a pink (ahem, grapefruit) number that wasn't overly sweet, but just right. Later I moved to the Pear Brandy Sidecar. I liked both, but the sugar rim on the PBS was a bit too much for me. Also, next time I have to try something with an egg white in it. I love protein in unexpected places. Oy, and the warm, spiced nuts. They just kept comin'.
The burger was awesome. Awesome awesome awesome. Really juicy, a slight crunch on the outside, a great bun...can't go wrong. I had the duck lettuce cups, it was my restraint--after all, I don't eat that much red meat, and two big burgers in 7 days is just not going to fly. But J did share. The lettuce cups were nice, although they weren't what I had in mind--I was imagining shredded saucy duck, but it was cubed. Loved the Thai flavors. Very fresh, very delish. And light--I had room for more cocktails, thank goodness.
Burger is a lil' fuzzy in the low light.
It was actually really cute, for some reason our server thought we were sharing the burger (nice idea!) and brought it split in half on metal skewers. The guy next to us gasped and said, "That looks awesome." He was an older guy, professional, wearing a suit. But I guess that's the only way to describe the scene.
We were supposed to go to Bourbon Steak last year for J's birthday, but ended up canceling our reservation for a very good reason, then never rebooked. The price tag is steep ($145 6 oz filet, anyone?), but we're suckers for anything Four Seasons-related, and damn do we love a good burger. The lounge was PERFECT for us. It's classy enough for a date (and not particularly crowded or loud), the food is awesome, the drinks are great, and you're eating for a fraction of the dining room price.
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Metro: Blue and Orange Lines to Foggy Bottom