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Granville Moore's--1st Trip

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I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I've never been to H Street. Each time a new bar or restaurant is announced I say "Wow that looks cool. I'll have to check it out." But I never do. It partially has to do with the fact that it's a bit of a pain to get to.

But I'm rectifying this situation. And my first stop is going to be to Dr. Granville Moore's for some mussels and frites. I have personally had a strong affinity to the mussels and frites at Brasserie Beck. But I want to check out the competition.

Looking at the menu there seem to be a lot of delicious choices. I'm going with a friend who can probably be convinced to order the blue cheese and pork belly mussels (I want to sample them but not order it for myself. It's too rich and I try to not eat pork that often). So what are the can't miss items? What are your favorite dishes?

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Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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  1. Many people say they like Beck's because of their mussels and fries.
    At one time, that impressed me, but after making them at home myself, I would have to say that is the absolutely easiest "gourmet" dish in the world to prepare.

    1. We really enjoyed our moules et frites. I had the marinere version and DH had the chorizo verzion-both were tastey. Be forwarned that the frites are generously sized, we had an aioli and another one that I can't remember. We sat out on the deck but its was when the weather was much nicer. I don't know if you can call them and say your on your way and to put your name on the list.

      1. I love bison and really wanted to enjoy my meals at GM's, but I was thoroughly unimpressed by both the bison steak & cheese and bison hanger steak that were on their winter menu. They were fine...but just fine. The moules frites were good...but I prefer my mussels in the classic style (white wine, butter, garlic), so I haven't tried any of the others. I make mussels at home regularly exactly to my liking, so its hard for me to get "better" ones when I'm out (especially when I haven't opened my mind to the other preparations, I suppose). It's kind of an apples and oranges comparison, but given the choice, I would choose Brasserie Beck 10 times out of 10...if someone else was paying.

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        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: Lowbar

          Elyssa- I LOVE IT THERE! I "thought" I had the moules w/ white wine/garlic/butter- but the previous poster said they do not have it there, so perhaps I am wrong- but whatever I had was most similar to that classic preparation. The frites with accompanying dips are fantastic, and we had a yummy chocolate dessert- I do not remember what it was. Cool atmosphere. Enjoy! And if you are driving, bring a GPS-I got VERY lost.

          1. re: chicken kabob

            Sorry if my post was misleading, "I prefer my mussels in the classic style (white wine, butter, garlic)" meant "that's the style I had them in, as opposed to one of the other preps" rather than "they didn't have them." They were quite good, as were the fries. The other things on the menu that I had, in two trips, were fine but did not impress.

            1. re: chicken kabob

              Hey Everyone! Thanks for the replies. We are heading there tonight. And Chicken Kabob brings up a good point---I'm not driving, so what is the easiest way to get there? I hear that there is some type of shuttle but since I've never been to H Street (I know, I know), I don't even know where the pick up the shuttle, how much it costs, or what it's called. Help!

          2. I like the moules with mushrooms - frites and sauces are delicious. Good beer list as well. I have to say I prefer BB over GM, but I love the pubby atmosphere at GM. I'd go more often if H St. were more convenient for me. I've discovered the X bus though, which connects H St. with Gallery Place Metro.

            1. Well, it's about time! Why has a food and fun lover like Elyssa waited so long to hit H Street?
              No, it's not a "fact" that it's "a bit of a pain to get to." After 5 pm, you catch the FREE shuttle from Gallery Place Metro and it drops you off right in front of any number of great places. To get back, catch the shuttle again - it runs until the Metro closes - or catch one of the many cabs right on H Street. The X bus also gets you there and back.

              Granville's is great. Last winter, they had mussels with a lamb sausage sauce that was so good I wanted to eat it like soup. And I'm downright addicted to their bison burger. I think they've got the best fries in town. I love the selection of dipping sauces. Lots of other good things on their menus which change seasonally.
              They'll be doing at least one of their special reservation-only Beer Dinners with beer pairings during DC Beer Week, 8/22 - 8/28. Good time to see what they can do.
              The mussels are particularly good because they buy such high quality ones to start with. The very best PEIs. Always plump, juicy, and sweet.

              On your next trip, try Liberty Tree's lobster roll. The real thing according to my New England friends, and one of the best values in town. Market price was $14 on my last visit and it came with good sides.
              Owner and chef both from NEng so they know the drill, even bringing down their own whole belly clams from Ipswich since they couldn't get them locally.

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              1. re: MakingSense

                I must agree that the quality of the mussels they use is outstanding. I'm usually not a big shellfish lover, but I was blown away by Granville Moore's mussels.

                1. re: MakingSense

                  Thanks so much for the info on the shuttle. Where do you pick up the X Bus exactly?

                  Liberty Tree is on my short list as well, seeing that I'm from New England and feel the need to judge any lobster roll within a 10 mile radius. I also want to check out Star and Shamrock because...well it's an Irish Jewish pub/deli!

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    You pick up the X2 bus at Gallery Place Metro (on H St. right in front of the station as I recall). Another place I've picked it up is outside the McPherson Square Metro Station, on I St. at 14th - this goes in the wrong direction briefly before it reaches the end of the line and turns around.

                    http://wmata.com/bus/timetables/dc/x2...

                    1. re: woodleyparkhound

                      Thanks! I'll let you know how my meal goes.

                    2. re: Elyssa

                      The lobster roll at Liberty Tree is well priced, but I can't say I'm a fan. I object to the griddled hot dog bun as its toastiness distracts. The rest of it is just plain, and it tasted a bit watery to me.

                      1. re: Steve

                        are the moules frites still $10 from 5-7 Monday-Thursday?

                        1. re: Steve

                          Griddled/toasted split-top hot dog bun is the traditional way to serve a lobster roll in New England, so they were likely just following the tradition from their home-state.

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            Then I guess I like the lobster rolls I got in New Brunswick better.

                          2. re: Steve

                            Elyssa is spot on regaring the toasted bun, but your finely honed palate caught a common problem with eating lobster rolls away from New England (or cheap lobster rolls in New England) -- frozen lobster meat, which will almost inevitably be watery. A superior lobster roll will be made with fresh meat.

                      2. So I went...and it was awesome! First off the space wasn't at all what I was expecting. I know the story behind the building and who Dr. Granville was, but for some reason I thought they really fixed up the place. Instead it had a more broken down, used and loved feeling---and that was excellent. We dined up stairs and had a nice big booth. They were playing awesome music that only helped enhance the feeling that you were hanging out in a really cool neighborhood joint.

                        We started off with the crab croquettes which were awesome. 2 large croquette balls. When you cut into it's a warm mixture of creamy crab meat and cheese. Very good!

                        I ordered the Marinere mussels and my friend ordered the Bleu. Both were very good. HUGE mussels with lots of broth/sauce and perfectly cooked. I tried my friend's Bleu. It was delicious---although personally I don't know if I could have eaten an entire bowl of them. The blue cheese is very, very strong and intense. So you have to like blue cheese.

                        My mussels were great and classic. A lovely, garlicy broth. We also got a large bowl of fries to share (the large is very large...we probably would have been fine with a small) and got the truffle aioli and the bourbon mustard (which was awesome. Not sweet but has a tangy spice).

                        Overall it was very good. I personally thought Brasserie Beck was a little better, but Dr. Granville's is quite good. It was a bit of a pain to get to only because we had to take a train and then the bus. But I would go back for sure. I really want to take my boyfriend because I think he would get a kick out of it. I'm also interested in exploring some of the other restaurants on H Street.

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                        Brasserie Beck
                        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Crab meat and cheese? That's a new one on me.

                          1. re: Steve

                            I can't speak to this crab preparation, but cream cheese is often a standard addition in Maryland crab dip.

                            1. re: Steve

                              Hot crab dip usually has cheese in it (cream cheese and maybe Parmesan). The croquettes had gruyere and it was delicious.

                            2. re: Elyssa

                              Check out Souk and Dangerously Delicious Pies. I've enjoyed both.
                              Also, I dropped by the Philadelphia Water Ice the other day, and I feel so terrible for the owner because the water ice chain Rita's just opened up a store just a block or two from hers! I feel like she's been on H Street forever, and I hope that the chain doesn't kill what business she had! Certainly her water ice is better than Rita's, though no sugar-free options. Apparently she has also has cheese steaks, though I did not sample them.

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                              Dangerously Delicious Pies
                              1036 Light St, Baltimore, MD

                              1. re: hamster

                                What is Souk? We didn't see that one.

                                Cheese steaks? Yes please!

                                1. re: Elyssa

                                  I posted on my visit last week. It's Moroccan/Lebanese, mostly small plates. I thought the food was really tasty there and plan to return.
                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7225...

                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                    The cheese steaks at Philadelphia Water Ice are quite excellent. You wouldn't think so, just looking at the place, but it's as good as you'll find in DC.