Bostonians avoid Faneuil Hall, San Franciscans mock Fisherman’s Wharf, and when was the last time a New Yorker hung out in Times Square?
For Washingtonians, there’s Georgetown.
Tourists flock there — case in point the line at Georgetown Cupcake — but most DC residents I know steer away from Georgetown in favor of U St., H St., Dupont, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan.
A mention of Georgetown is often met with a shrug of indifference or an expression of disdain. From what I’ve gathered, many locals view Georgetown as touristy, snobbish, generic, douchey and overrun by rich college kids. It’s also trickier to get to by public transportation and traffic there sucks.
I’m not familiar enough with the Georgetown scene to form a concrete opinion, but the few times I’ve hung out there, I’ve (shrinking with embarrassment) kind of liked it. It feels different from any other part of DC, and I enjoy the C&O Canal and waterfront (especially the beautiful, rebuilt Waterfront Park).
So I will say it proudly — I had a good time with my friend Melissa in Georgetown on Friday night.
We were both so famished that after deciding on Vietnamese, we essentially wandered into the first restaurant we stumbled upon — Little Viet Garden.
The “garden” seating is accessed by walking down some narrow stairs, past the bathrooms and out a back door. Not the most scenic route. But once you’re out there, it’s quite nice.
I was in a damn good mood. It was Friday night, the weather was perfect, and we lounging outdoors with a Tsingtao beer and food to come.
Like summer spring rolls with grilled pork.
For my entree, I got the black pepper caramel pork.
Came with a side of pickled vegetables.
Nice peppery sauce, although for a dish that was supposed to be spicy, it lacked heat. (We both squirted on a liberal dose of Sriracha).
As the sun went down, the outdoor dining area became even more quaint.
Agreed, Georgetown is yuppieish and awash with tourists. But on a beautiful spring night, it sure isn’t a bad place to be.
Little Viet Garden
2934 M St. NW