Just wanted to send out some happy new year greetings to all the local yokels who read this blog. Glad you're still with me even though I've been pretty inconsistent on my postings. I hope to do better in 2011. Maybe that will be my new year's resolution.
Anyway, if you want to stay in the neighborhood to celebrate the new year, I see that both Jackie's and 8407 are doing fancy dinners. Actually with Jackie, you can go fancy with the main restaurant menu for $65 per person not including beverages, tax or tip -- but including an eclectic mix of dishes from which you can choose, such as pierogies, bouillabaisse, chicken n' beer with waffles and even stuffed trotter, plus many more. And then she's also got the Sidebar going, also $65 a head and that includes an open bar and snacks, and finally in the Back Room she has King Soul playing for $30 per person and that gets you the music and a champagne toast. Wow, something for everyone here.
If you want something a little more quiet (like I do), well then you can head over to 8407. They'll have 2 seatings that night, the first between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. That gets you 4 courses for $58 per person. If you want to eat later, the second seating comes between 8:30 and 10:00 pm. Here you'll have a 5 course dinner for $75 per person and $100 if you wish to add wine pairings. I know it may make me sound like a lush (which I really am), but often when I do pairings I run short on the wine. I drink what they give me much faster than I get my next wine. So I'll order my own booze, thank you very much.
Either way, it's great we have these options plus I'm sure there are others in the hood I have just missed.
A couple other things of note, I'm sure you all have already seen that Nicaro has closed its doors. What, they were open just about a year, right? Let's hope whoever takes over can bring us back something closer to Nicaro version 1. And if you're interested in the building, you can get it for a cool $1.6 million. But if your bank account is not that flush, it looks like you can lease it too. Not sure what they are asking here though.
I also wanted to make mention of the Feast of Seven Fishes. My wife and I held our fourth annual Feast this year. It was a little more scaled back than at previous times, but there still was a good time had by all and no one left hungry.
Here's someone named Tom, I think, we pulled off the streets for the Feast. Although it's not a close-up, he's holding up the main course, linguine with Virginia crab in a cream sauce with a little salmon roe on top. It was yummy.
OK, here's to a great 2011. Hope you have a lot of wonderful meals -- both at home and out. Also, keep your eyes out for more news on Silver Spring's own underground dining. It should be in full gear for the new year.