It had been awhile since Tom and I had used one of our favorite discount sites, Savored, to make a dinner reservation. Saturday night we decided to take advantage of an automatic 30% off food and drinks at Lost Society through the site.
It really is a great deal. If you order normal amounts of food, you can save a lot of money. Or, if you’re like us, you can just use it to get a shit ton of food. Either way, it’s a good time. I’m not getting paid to say that, which is kind of a bummer, but if you live in a major city it’s worth checking out.
When using Savored, we almost always order a bottle of wine with dinner. None of their bottles were over $40, so we got a really decent price on the heavily marked-up vino. We were both planning to order steaks, so we got the Terra Blanque Cabernet blend. It was a 2007, which is probably as old a bottle as I’ve ever been able to order on my before. It was pretty tasty and paired well with the steaks.
Since I was eating red meat, I figured I’d offset that with a healthy kale salad because salads negate all unhealthy food consumed directly after.
It was a fabulous salad. I’m actually not a huge kale fan. I never really make it at home and I can never get the whole kale chip thing to work out for me. But this salad, and a similar one from Lincoln, make me want to experiment more with making kale salads at home. I think the trick is to cut out the stems and let the leaves sit in the dressing for awhile so they’ll wilt a bit. But I don’t really know.
Lost Society’s version was delicious though – with pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, raisins, dried pineapple (which I thought was kind of odd, but still worked) and a balsamic dressing.
Tom ordered fried oysters for his starter (they don’t have raw oysters) and I tried one. It was alright, but I prefer my oysters raw or pan-cooked.
For DC, the steaks were quite good. Not anything Mid-westerners would get overly excited about, but they were cooked perfectly and had good flavor. I ordered the Bistro Filet, which was served in a 5 ounce portion with Brussels sprouts, Bearnaise sauce and country ham.
It’s odd, because I like most creamy white sauces (typing that makes me feel gross but I can’t think of another way to say it), but I really don’t enjoy Bearnaise or Hollandaise sauce. I don’t know what it is. I love butter and eggs, so technically I should like those sauces, but they’re just too rich and thick for me. Despite that, I still really enjoyed my entree.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that we split sides of potatoes au gratin (out of this world, as cheesy potatoes always are) and broccolini (healthy again, woo!). So much food. It was ridiculous.
And you know, because we were getting 30% off and I had a salad first, we had to order dessert.
Bread pudding with bourbon sauce and vanilla gelato. I’m not a huge bread pudding fan, but it was recommended by our server and sounded really good and comforting on a cool evening. And it was really good, and comforting… until I became too full to breathe properly.
All in all, Lost Society was a win. They’re usually known for their drink list, but apparently they’re in between seasons and didn’t have any of the ingredients to make any of their usual unique spirits. But I was okay with that. Me and liquor don’t jive.
The decor of the place was really interesting too.
I think we’ll be back.
After dinner, full and happy, we ventured out to watch football and hang out with friends at a few different bars on U Street, which is one of my favorite DC neighborhoods. I think it might be where I’d like to move next.
I had a couple of beers most people would say are crap. But I was so full I couldn’t really drink anything heavier. And also, I just really don’t discriminate that much.
Life’s too short to be a beer snob.
It’s also too short not to eat steak, and dessert, even if you do need to fit into a wedding dress you barely fit into five years ago…