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You and three friends can devour dinner at Rogue 24, one of DC’s 100 Best Restaurants 2013, brought to you by Best Thing on the Menu (BTM), the DC food blog where it’s fun to disagree. Adventures around culinary Washington, DC lead to posts announcing the must-get item on menus in our nation’s capital. Don’t agree with BTM? Post your favorites in the comments section.
Rogue 24 was featured this morning:
The Sugar Toads are not a skinny jeans-clad hipster band opening at the 9:30 Club Saturday night. Rather, they’re starring down the street (and down an alley) on the menu of Rogue 24’s new spring menu. Chef R.J. Cooper goes local and gets creative all in one dish with the Best Thing on the Menu: Sugar Toad/Oyster/Nettles/Seaweed.
Sugar toads are actually northern puffer fish native to the Chesapeake Bay, and in recent years they’ve been elevated to a delicacy. If a fried delicacy is hard to wrap your head around, you haven’t tried R.J. Cooper’s blowfish bites. Unlike in Japan where puffer fish (known as fugu) require a special license to slice and serve, these green-eyed ugly mugs are harmless.
Moments before the sugar toads arrive at your table, you are equipped with medical forceps, the perfect utensil for dunking fish sticks into gourmet green goop, or for playing a jumbo-size game of Operation.
Like many modern chefs, R.J. Cooper plays with texture just as much as he plays with flavor. So prepare yourself for a 24-course journey through crunchy, fluffy, gummy, foamy, gritty and beyond.
Rogue 24 is just one example of the recent trend of restaurants asking diners to put the menu away and put their meal in the hands of the chef. And at Rogue 24, you’re in good hands. However, when a menu is your only option, BTM is here to help: http://www.BestThingontheMenu.com.
- Reservation for 4 guests with the Journey Menu (24-courses, $540 value) in the dining room
- Reservation must be made Tuesday—Thursday. Excludes Friday and Saturday nights
- Journey Menu does not include beverage pairings
- 10% DC Tax and Gratuity is not included
- Reservations are required to have a credit card on file and normal cancellation policies apply
- Reservations with Dietary Restrictions must be made a week prior to reservation date
- Both Gift Card Menus expire a year from the date, June 17, 2014