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“Restaurant” Review: Quarry House Tavern

Quarry House Tavern

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If you didn’t know about Quarry House Tavern, you’d probably never find it.  Located in downtown Silver Spring (#dtss), Quarry House is located under Bombay Gaylord Indian Restaurant, accessible by an unmarked staircase encased in plywood.  In other words, its the world’s greatest dive bar.

Val and I have been fans of Quarry House for a few years, hearing about it via a friend shortly after we moved to Silver Spring.  From the varied beer list to the homemade potato chips will dill dip to the tater tots that come with the burgers, Quarry House is my kind of place.  Upon walking into this basement establishment, you have the choice of sitting at the bar stocked with dozens of whiskeys, choosing a table in the dimly lit area around the bar, or heading to the back room with a jukebox at one end and floor to ceiling stacks of extra beer at the other end.  While Quarry House is often pretty full of eclectic 20 and 30 something Silver Springers, we always manage to find a table.

The Menu

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I usually order a seasonal draft and then move on to bigger and bolder beers.  The homemade potato chips with dill dip are a must, and I normally go with a burger and tater tots – save the extra dill dip for the tots.  Quarry House is a great place to hang out with friends or just take in the scene.  Sometimes they have bands, trivia on Sundays, and the jukebox is always ready to take your request.  In addition to their beer specials, Quarry House also has an extensive selection of whiskey.  Or checkout nearby Jackie’s, who also owns Quarry House.

Homemade Potato Chips will Dill Dip

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Matt’s Ten Fiddy, MmMm Good

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Tater Tots

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A Bit Too Much Beer…

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-Adam

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Restaurant Review Double Header: Rustico and ChurchKey

It’s Saturday.  You’ve been lazy, sleeping in, sitting around, reading, surfing the net, watching some tv.  It’s 7pm and you haven’t thought about dinner.  What do you do?  Pick up your best friends Matt and Marisa, drive half way across DC to Rustico, eat dinner, drink beer, drive half way across DC again to ChurchKey, eat dessert, and drink more beer.  Of course :)

Rustico

Located in a neighborhood away from downtown Alexandria proper, Rustico seems to attract a mostly neighborhood crowd.  After calling about reservations / call ahead, we were told call ahead only until 9:30pm, which I like b/c it gives everyone an equal chance.  After all, I don’t know where I want to eat hours, days, or even weeks in advance.  At least not always :)  During the drive to Rustico, we called ahead and put in our names.  After arriving, and waiting a bit longer then anticipated, we’re guessing the folks get a table a Rustico and stay for the night, or at least take their time.  After getting a booth by the window in the main dining room, we dug through their extensive and unique beer menu and I spontaneously ordered a “bucked of ranch tossed fries”.  Indeed, the fries were actually tossed in ranch, a first for me.  While quite yummie at first, the fries eventually were overtaken by the the ranch, becoming a bit soggy.  Not to worry though, because we had already ordered our meals.  I ordered duck confit pizza with duck cracklings, Brie, shallots, greens, and reduced balsamic vinegar, and Val ordered a burger with shallot aioli and fries.  Matt and Marisa had already eaten, so they ordered a salad and squash soup respectively.  The food was good, but not amazing.  But the quantities where large and the prices reasonable, but I wouldn’t drive for an hour to go there again; well maybe I would, just for the beer.  Segway, ChurchKey…

Ranch Tossed Fries

Ranch Tossed Fries @ Rustico

Duck Confit Pizza with Duck Cracklings

Duck Confit Pizza @ Rustico

Burger with Shallot Aioli and Fries

Burger @ Rustico

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ChurchKey

ChurchKey is located near Logan Circle in Washington, DC.  Although it only recently opened, Val and I had already been there once before.  Val and I (and Matt and Marisa) love beer, and ChurchKey is all about beer.  Owned by the same folks as Rustico, ChurchKey has a big, unique, and constantly chancing selection of beers from around the word.  It’s like Brickskeller, but with class.  P.S. I did love Brickskeller, but its been going down hill.  And ChurckKey has better food, and the same servers as Brickskeller (more on that in a bit).  ChurchKey also servers its beer in the correct glass (over 15 styles) and at the right temperature (one of four).  While this may sound like overkill, all the attention to quality products and quality serving pays off.  I was really able to taste all the flavors in the beer and appreciate it more since its served well.  When we asked our waitress about her favorite beers, she named one, two, three, …, eight.  She kept going and going.  It’s good to see that level of interest.  In fact, so far we’ve seen at least 2 servers who previously worked at Brickskeller working at ChurchKey.  Unlike our last visit, we were able to find a table pretty quickly, right by the front window.  We order 2 rounds of beer and some dessert since we had already eaten at Rustico.  Val and I split an oatmeal cookie sandwich filled with a cream cheese filling, while Matt and Marisa split an old fashioned ice cream sundae, complete with banana – both of which were very tasty.  All in all, it was a yummie evening, filled with good company.  And who else has gone to both Rustico and Churchkey in the same night?

Front Side of ChurchKey

ChurchKey

Old Fashioned Sundae and Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

Desserts @ ChurchKey

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-Adam and Val

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