You know the feeling you get when you put on last year’s fall jacket and find $20 in the pocket? Or come across a toll booth operator who is actually friendly? Nothing beats being pleasantly surprised, exactly the feeling you with recently-opened Brightwood Bistro, a gem of a restaurant on a still emerging intersection.
I made sure to go during their happy hour, which offers select appetizers, cocktails and other drinks half off from 5 -7pm. Its modern atmosphere (think low-hanging lights and cool blue tones) makes it stand out from the restaurant’s neighbors with names like YUM YUMS CHINESE and CASH QUICK. I quickly ordered from the beaming bartender who was both chatty and adorably forgetful. She insisted I try her specialty cocktail, the orange creamsicle, and turned away to make it before I had a chance to explain that as a finicky-eater kid, I would rather eat broccoli than those disgusting, sickly-sweet popsicles. And I hated broccoli. They do have a long list of cocktails that are just too cute for their own good – I feel like I heard a tray of pink fluffy martinis giggle with each other while being carted off to the dining room. The food is comfort food, and tends to be on the adventurous side. I was curious to try the Buffalo Fried Frog Legs but was immediately vetoed from parties present. The Rittenhouse wings, with plum sauce, are tangy and delicious, the plate of tomato and garlic mussels had a broth to die for, and the garlic fries were gone in seconds – mainly due to the fact that I have had a love affair with fries since I was a kid. A kid who hated creamsicles, and an adult who still has her full Orange Creamsicle drink in front of her and a watchful bartender. Out of politeness I gagged the sugary-milky thing down and told her it was the best creamsicle I’ve ever had. She beamed even more (I didn’t think that was possible), and offered to make another one….and I asked for the check. While I support, and highly recommend Brightwood Bistro, I’m not about to sacrifice my martini tastebuds for them.
5832 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Any fans of Brightwood Bistro out there?