Saturday, June 7, 2008
Go to Nicaro!
Right on the Avenue (Georgia Avenue that is), just south of Thayer Ave you will find a restaurant called Nicaro. I would describe the menu as new American - although that is pretty vague. It definitely is eclectic with such items as squash blossoms, oysters, a charcuterie plate along with a good selections of seafood and meat entrees.
Nicaro most certainly favors what's in season and local products. A fair amount of the produce comes from PA farms. And the creativity of the kitchen shows. Just a couple hours ago my partner and I dined on a cold potato and fennel soup and then moved on to the oysters, grits and eggs dish and the fabulous soft shell crab. Quite yummy.
Walking by in the evening the restaurant is drawing in a good crowd. The Washington Post review didn't hurt.
So if you're in the mood for something a little more laid back and not too loud, I would recommend trying for the weekend brunch/lunch. I don't think too many folks are aware of these early hours and it's a different experience and vibe than the evening dining. But you won't miss out on selection since a number of appetizers and entrees are offered earlier in the day.
I am quite thrilled this restaurant has landed in the 'hood. It is a definite gem. On each of my visits - which now have included brunch, dinner and drinks - the service has been friendly and professional, the food top notch and the overall experience a winner.
Although Nicaro may be a bit higher in price than what folks might expect for SoCo - not including Jackie's - it is worth it. But if you're on a budget there are enough items on the menu where you don't have to break the bank and can still count a terrific meal. So do yourself a favor and head over. But remember, if you're trying for the weekend, call ahead and book a table.