Papa would be Proud

I’ve been on a real comfort food kick lately. Maybe it’s because we’re dealing with all sorts of pesky “life” questions, like what the hell are we doing with it. Yikes. So I’ve been taking more than the usual glee in savoring food, which I had better get out of my system soon before I retreat into a butter-cream-starch-chocolate land of no return. But after a scary meeting in which the enormity of the various decisions facing us suddenly loomed ahead, comfort food and a pint were really all that would suffice. So off to Bar Pilar. Papa Hemingway would be proud. Or at least kick us in the pants.

Bar Pilar’s menu is all about the comfort food – mac-n-cheese, tater tots (tater tots!!??), tacos – sure there are salads but honestly, are you really going to eat a salad at a bar? One food coma and two pints of oatmeal stout later, and we were markedly more relaxed than before. This little annex of Saint-Ex, named after Hemingway’s boat, is cosy and unpretentious. On prime weeknights/weekend nights it can be uncomfortably packed and difficult to make it to the bar, but on a Wednesday night it was perfect. The fact that places like this are so popular should really convince more folks to open up more bars/restaurants on 14th Street – come on, there’s space!

(And while on the subject of 14th Street, what is up with Source Theater?! I’m sick of seeing it dark and empty and covered in graffiti… )

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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