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Restaurant Profile: Masa 14

by Borderstan.com — May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm 4 Comments

Masa 14 Alejandra Owens 14th Street restaurants Logan Circle

Wagyu Beef and Pork Meatballs. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

Well… wasn’t that first Restaurant Profile fun? HA! I think we can all rest assured that Masa 14 won’t be leaving us anytime soon. Touting one of the longest bars in town and a mish mash of flavors, dishes and drinks, Masa 14 is a popular gathering place.

Here’s our assessment of the basics, but what do you guys think? I’ve heard folks wax poetic about the wings–anything else on the menu a favorite?

Masa 14

Where Am I Going:1825 14th Street NW, just south of U Street.

When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday, 5 pm to 2 am; Friday, 5 pm to 3 am; Saturday, 11 am to 3 am; and Sunday, 11 am to 2 am.

Paycheck Pain: Soups and vegetable dishes start at $5 with fish and beef clocking in at $12. But these are small plates, so you’ll need a few to yourself to fill up!

Say What?: A long, skinny bar makes for easy one-on-one conversations, but difficult for larger groups to chat it up. It’s a social scene, whether at the bar or seated at a table… expect to raise your voice a little.

What You’ll Be Eating: Chef Richard Sandoval of Zengo and partner Chef Kazuhiro Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro came together to put the best of Asian and Latin flavors on “small plates.” (Let’s just call it what it is, folks: tapas.)

Happy Hour: $4 happy hours are a draw–everything from popular nibbles like their signature wings, to cocktails and bars.

 

Comments (4)

  1. I think the Mango Panna Cotta was the best thing I ate the last time I went there with you. Masa 14 was so good when they first opened up but it seems like the food has gone downhill. The HH prices and the outdoor seating on 14th street is the only reason I can still recommend it to friends.

  2. yep, that is mango panna cotta. it was one of my favorite dishes of the night. Not overly sweet, very pretty and comes with a crispy thin cookie. a definite winner.

  3. I think the flatbreads are the best thing on the menu. But I would also say that if you are going with a vegetarian, they are going to have a bad night – since there is virtually nothing for them on the menu.

  4. The happy hour is tremendous, love all the mixed drinks, the hand roll and especially those chicken wings. Have been able to get two seats at the bar as late as 5:45 on a Friday the few times I’ve been.

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