If you’ve noticed a buzz around 9th and I Sts. NW, it’s not just the construction crews peacing out from the whirlwind of development around the new CityCenter DC, new restaurants, and new string lights adorning the lampposts. City Tap House, at the epicenter of the boom, has brought an impressive tap list, re-purposed wooden tables and walls, and twists on American comfort food classics.
Comfort, indeed. The Blue Crab Mac and Cheese is a must-try small plate with perfectly al-dente pasta, strings of jumbo lump crab, and fontina cheese. Worlds away from Kraft, it still hits the spot without a) millions of ingredients on a 99¢ box or b) the pretentious nature of some other high-class offerings. Plus, alongside what’s become traditional tavern fare – a Caesar salad, a reasonably priced burger, and hot wings – City Tap House adds robust items like Duroc Pork Collar (delicious) and a Ribeye with truffle mashed potatoes (unfairly decadent).
But what’s a Tap House without it’s beer list? On their beer list, you’ll find local and national craft brews, organized from lightest to darkest. Overwhelmed? The wait staff knows exactly what to pair with the mac and cheese you just ordered (hint: a hefeweizen).
Clearly, with a location so close to a Verizon Center, it’s worth stopping by before a Caps game or concert. Still, should you work in the area – or not – their happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. with select $5 craft brews and $7 beer cocktails.
City Tap House is located at 801 I Street, Washington, DC 20001