Shane’s off to Vienna tomorrow for IPRES, so as is our custom, tonight we had a dinner date. There are few better (or more affordable) dinner date options than mussels at The Earle, so that’s just what we did. A glass of wine for me and beer for Shane, two dozen mussels, and some crusty bread. A great night.
We had something planned for dinner tonight, but by the end of the work day, Shane really just felt like getting a drink and a snack somewhere downtown. This worked out well, as I was pretty unmotivated and sleepy, and ordering off a short menu was about all I could manage. I met him at The Earle again, where we enjoyed thick slices of soft Italian bread and two bowls of mussels in a white wine sauce – for SIX DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS. $6.50! An outrageously good price for a very delicious dinner. Even with drinks added on to the total, dinner came in under $20, and we were home and full by a little after 6pm. Good stuff.
I’m not sure what to make of happy hour here in A2. In DC, there was a solid happy hour culture. There are a variety of theories as to why happy hours are so popular – the most solid that I’ve heard being that the local ‘industry’ thrives on workaholics, so happy hour makes it possible to work a full day, grab a few drinks, and still get more work in after hitting the bar. In A2, though, happy hour seems to get packed earlier while lacking the deals (and draft list) that drew us out to Birreria, for example.
We’d been told that The Earle offered one of the best happy hour deals in town – $2.75 mussels until 6:30! – so we headed there after work to have drinks and a light dinner with Shana and Eric. I’m not a huge mussels fan, but I enjoyed the bowl that we shared, as well as the savory mushrooms stuffed with spinach, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan. Even better was the Salt and Pepper Hendrick’s Martini – smooth cucumber gin, vermouth, and a salt-and-peppery slice of cucumber on the rim – which made me even more anxious for warm weather. While neither our waistbands nor our wallet will allow regular visits, we both enjoyed the food, drink, and company, and hope to visit The Earle again soon!