Whether it's cold outside and you're dreaming of warmer days or the temperature calls for shorts and T-shirts, head on over to Orange Anchor, a nautical-themed restaurant located in beautiful Washington Harbour in Washington, D.C.
Promising an experience "where everyone is treated like a captain," this eatery features a farm-to-table, seafood-heavy menu. The lunch/dinner selections feature soups, salads, sandwiches, oysters, small bites and a la carte selections, too.
Oysters, anyone? Come get them at D.C.'s Orange Anchor — Photo courtesy of Orange Anchor
Start your meal with a salad like seared tuna nicoise or duck confit. Warm up with French onion soup or a seafood chili selection. Sandwiches are served on freshly baked local bread and come with either a side of fries or a small salad.
Sink your teeth into an "Anchor Dog," which is a quarter pound of bacon wrapped around a Smith Meadows all-beef hot dog, with sprinkles of crispy shallots on top. Or order an "OA Burger," featuring a half pound of grass-fed beef paired with fried oysters, house-made bacon jam and gruyere cheese.
A half or full dozen oysters are served four different ways at Orange Anchor: chilled, grilled, fried and champagne. Enticing choices abound on the small bites, menu including clams casino, mushroom bruschetta, crispy tuna roll and caviar tacos. The a la carte selection includes pecan trout, swordfish, twin lobster tails and 10-ounce filet mignon.
Make sure you still have room to munch on items from the shared sides menu. Options like the lobster mac 'n' cheese, beer mushrooms and crab fritters are not to be missed. Other selections include gouda mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and Old Bay fries.
Grab a spoon for dessert, with these choices: orange rum cake, frozen dark and stormy soufflés and coconut Key lime pie.
Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and includes dishes like bananas foster French toast, orange zest pancakes, biscuits and gravy and western omelets.
Check out Orange Anchor's bar menu, featuring a bevy of handcrafted cocktails, draft and can beers and rare rums. Instead of a billed happy hour, this eatery hosts an "oyster hour" every weekday; oysters are $1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and patrons receive one dollar off beers, wines, cocktails and rums from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Beginning April 1, 2015, the eatery will offer boat delivery services for those who have water vessels in the harbor. So if you're walking or boating in the area, be sure to drop anchor at this charming restaurant.