A Visit to 1905 Restaurant on 9th Street

by Borderstan.com January 19, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,858 2 Comments

9th Street NW 1905 Restaurant

1905 Restaurant on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Sometimes you hear of a place, but for whatever reason — maybe it’s too far from home, maybe no one has told you it’s worth going — you just never make it over to try it. That would be the case for me and 1905. I’d heard about their Taco Tuesdays. I’d heard about their dark, New Orleans-inspired dining room. But no one I knew had gone lately… until Matt and Luis (co-founders of Borderstan) insisted I try the place out. Not long after that, @FloridaGirlInDC told me it was worth the trip to the far side of U Street.

Over the course of the evening I sampled dishes that transported me to warmer climates (halved avocado dressed with whole grain mustard aioli, cured olives, red onion and Asiago croustade), dishes that updated classic ingredients (Maine lobster meatballs in an aged sherry, tomato and cream sauce) and dishes that were so perfectly cooked it reaffirmed my belief that I have no business cooking certain things myself at home (pan seared duck breast with squash ragout, rosemary-rye bread pudding and lingonberry-Côte du Rhône Cumberland sauce).

I would call 1905 a hidden gem, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only one who didn’t know it was there! Have you guys been? Can I humbly suggest you make plans to go as soon as possible? And let me know when you go… because I’m definitely looking for excuses to go again!

  • Where Am I Going: 1905 9th Street NW (between U Street/Florida Avenue and T Street).
  • When Am I Going: Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 pm to 2 am; Friday through Saturday, 5:30 pm to 3 am; Sunday and Monday, closed for dinner; Sunday Bruch 11:30 am to 3 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Appetizers, or heavy snacks as I would call them, run $6 to $12. Entrees are $16 to $28.
  • Say What?: There’s no way around it. The dining room is loud. In an environment that inspires both romantic dates and group feasts (there is a large communal table in the middle of the dining room), romantic date gets left in the dust. Live jazz and a packed house means you’ll need to speak up a bit. Head over late in the evening (think, 11 pm) if you want to chit chat, enjoy the music and linger over a glass of wine.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Southern comfort foods with a French influence.

Full Disclosure: While my party left a generous tip, our meal was compliments of the house the evening we visited.


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