The Shopping List

This page is all about our favorites- ingredients to cook with, area restaurants and bars, kitchen tools, and anything else we want to share with you.  We’ll update as we go, so keep an eye on the list!

Favorite Restaurants and Bars
Ragtime – our favorite happy hour spot in Courthouse
POV Bar atop the W Hotel- best place to take out-of-towners
Ray’s the Steaks- JM’s family favorite
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse- best steak we’ve had!
Jay’s Saloon- best dive bar (try the nachos!)
Restaurant 3- great brunch spot (the chicken and waffles are divine)
The Italian Store- best pizza in the DC metro area by far!
Paolo’s Ristorante- great people watching, request the seats by the front windows.
Garrett’s- unpretentious upstairs bar in Georgetown
Bullfeathers- JM spends a lot of time after work at this Capitol Hill establishment
Cantina Marina- favorite summer happy hour
Bistrot Lepic- our favorite wine bar
The Inn at Little Washington- Best place to propose!
Liberty Tavern- great Thursday night happy hour.

Kitchen Essentials
Good Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese (a block, please don’t by that fake crumbly stuff!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Penne or Rotini and spaghetti
Vidalia or Yellow onion
Canned diced tomatoes
Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaves, Red Pepper Flakes, Sea Salt, Parsley
Pinto beans
Chicken stock
Dry White Wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)