|Photo: Lorraine Fitzsimmons|
The Look: A huge neon “Satellite” sign over the bar remains visible through the foggiest booze haze, but don’t expect florescent diner lighting. The atmosphere is dark and cool - with touches like tiled walls, bar and table tops and vintage looking stools. The exposed brick walls sport colorful Mexican-themed art. There is also a heated, covered courtyard, with its own bar and plenty of mingling space.
The Food: The likes of tacos, ceviche and chili cheese fries are sure to make expat Californians homesick. Comfort classics like meatloaf, chicken fried steak, a burger roster and breakfast fare are party-going ballasts. Expect the fryers to stay busy turning out tater tots, yucca fries and onion rings, as well as sweet potato and regular frites.
The Drink: Spiked milkshakes ($10) are its signature - with 10 concoctions on the opening menu. Intriguing combos include the Latka Gravas (espresso, hazelnut and Hennessey VS) and the Patsy Stone (pineapple, coconut, orange, nutmeg and rum). Wine and beer are there for the unadventurous.
Like such other Hilton Brothers successful ventures as the recently opened Brixton, American Ice Company and Marvin, expect a scene.
2047 Ninth St. NW