Iron Gate

Took myself out to lunch at Iron Gate on 12-30-2016. It was part of my parenting unicorn day, where daycare was open but work was closed. I started at the National Gallery of Art, had lunch here, saw Jackie in the afternoon and finished with date night dinner with my husband. It a magical day and while the food at Iron Gate was up to the challenge, the atmosphere unfortunately was not.

Atmosphere: 2 out of 5
Food & Drink: 4 out of 5

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The restaurant is spread across two buildings. The first part is so unique and really stunning. I mean look this place! No wonder it’s the oldest operating restaurant in DC!

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The back building looked so cozy and reminded me of an historic English pub. However despite sitting next to the fireplace I was absolutely FREEZING. Also the music sounded like a random hipster waiter’s spotify playlist and just did not go with the space at all. If it were warm with more appropriate music the atmosphere would easily have been a 4. Maybe someday I’ll be back for dinner in the summer and it’ll be better.

 

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While the space may have felt lacking, the food was a different story. First off, they had sparkling tap water. I almost died. I love sparkling water (or “sparkles” as we call it in my house) so much so that I have a SodaStream in my office. This was a huge selling point for me, +1000 points.  I also really liked the “Anthillia” white wine from Sicily.

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Fried haloumi (lemon vinaigrette, capters). I started with the haloumi and I can still taste the lemon vinaigrette and capters. It was so good and so large I actually took half home.

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Pork gyro (red onion, feta, yogurt, potatoes). Is this not the most beautiful gyro you’ve ever seen? It was quite tasty but I can’t get over how visually appealing it was.

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And obviously ain’t nobody gettin’ Greek food without some baklava.

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