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Nov 4, 2010 04:02 PM

Anyone been to Art & Soul lately?

My wife was interested, so taking her there for her b'day (or is not very "special")?

Did a search, but not much recent came up and Post review is 2 years old.

Worth the trip? If so, any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

Art & Soul
225 Pennsylvania Ave SE # 1, Washington, DC

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  1. I was just there for lunch today and wow!!!! It was great. I knew itnwould be when I bit in to the moist flavorful corn muffin before ordering. It was warm and beautifully cooked. Yummy. I went with the crispy trout which was...crispy on then outside and very tender on the outside. Tasty salad on top with a uniquely flavored vinagrette sauce. The trout had a great sauce with it but I don't know what it was. My friend had the braised short ribs on cheese grits. It was the best short ribs I've ever had. Ni never order the, because there is nothing worse then a dry short rib, but this was tender and flavorful with just the right amount of fat. Great stuff. I was not disappointed and highly recommend

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    1. re: nyawira

      Great to hear. Thanks for the review! Looking forward to it.

    2. You can't go wrong with Art and Soul. From weekend brunch to mid-day lunch to weekday Happy Hour to holiday meals (don't miss their Thanksgiving brunch!).

      Terrific Hosts(ess) & staff: From the time you enter, until the time you leave, you’ve got a group of caring customer-lovers making sure that you’re satisfied & comfortable — and not in that annoying “please let me eat in peace” way. Everyone’s so knowledgable, which is a plus when you’re a new kids on the block. The Manager seated me himself. That never happens (to me, anyway). Customer Service: A+

      Ambiance: Cozy, contemporary & fresh. The pictures online didn’t do this place justice! Perfect for solo trips, dates or parties. There’s seating available at the Bar, the main floor (booth or table) or in the off-side banquet room.

      Menu selection: Let’s see… *ahem* I had the Brunswick Stew, Macaroni & Cheese Casserole, Spicy Greens (who knew spinach & collards worked so well together?!) & the House “Skillet” bread. So much for eating light that day. LOL For dessert, I had the Sweet Potato Bread Pudding. It has cranberries in it. Cranberries! It was such a nice, unexpected touch.

      Once I was done chatting with the well-informed Bartender (Robert), I decided to mosie on over to the adjacent The Liaison hotel. My purpose was just to get a few brochures to read over. The next thing I knew, I was offered a cup (of COURSE, I had 2) of ‘Electric Elixir’ (fresh Pear Cider, etc etc etc!!) & a seat on the red (and black) leather chairs, while I waited for my grand tour to begin (thanks Lisa!). I was all for that!

      The tour began on the 1st floor, with the meeting/conference rooms. Very nice! Perfect for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinneres, baby showers, weddings, receptions, etc.

      Even the elevator was nice! Black & White “a day in the life of a politico”-themed photos from a local photographer decorated the hallways, lobby & elevator. Such a nice touch, I thought.

      And then, there’s the suite… The Suite. The bed was ohhh sooo comfy, I could’ve taken a nice little nap (or laid on the lovely plush chaise lounge) & watched the 37″ LCD flatscreen TV, while ordering (more food!!) from the yummy-delish Room Service menu.

      Speaking of MENU, they have a Pillow Menu. A Pillow Menu! Hel-lo! Have you ever heard of such?! I was fine with the standard that was on the bed, because I sure did lay there long enough to “sample” it. I was too through! I didn’t want to leave :-(

      Rooftop Pool renovations were complete during Summer 2009, including a Full-service bar, Bungalows with Daybeds with drapes, fly lounge chairs, table seating & of course, the pool!

      As you can see, I can’t say enough great things about this place. Really. I’ve been raving about it, since I ran out of leftovers :’( LOL … Anywho, check it out & let me know what you think. You won’t be disappointed!

      And an extra special thanks to Owner Chef Art Smith for blessing DC with this new neighborhood gem. Kudos to you, Sir.

      415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
      Capitol Hill
      Washington, DC 20001

      Art and Soul
      415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Art & Soul
      415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

      4 Replies
      1. re: elledeepea

        Friends of mine who are huge fans and consumers of bloody marys have told me A&S does the best one in town. I haven't tried it yet, but hope to.

        I first encountered a "pillow menu" at a 5 star hotel in Cuba in June. I get the impression that is a high end hotel amenity that is becoming increasingly common.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Try Acadiana's Sunday Brunch Cajun (Bloody) Mary. Formerly part of their "Parking Meter Special" ($.25), its now on the $1 -- which still ain't half bad -- Brunch Cocktail Menu.

          I always lose count of my Blood Orange Mimosa intake. (Don't judge me!)

          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

        2. re: elledeepea

          Thanks for that. Good capture of your experience. Hope ours is just as good.

          1. re: biscuit

            @biscuit: You're welcome and thanks... Enjoy!

        3. Anyone been here since Wes Morton, formerly of Againn, took over as Executive Chef? Apparently they are working on a new menu...I see the happy hour specials are kind of amazing also - does it get very busy during that time?