Oh, what a welcome addition St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar is to Cleveland Park. The open air dining room, with all the windows pulled up in good weather, is sweet. There’s some outdoor seating as well, but who needs it with this little setup. My group and I pushed several tables together and we were good to go, a spring breeze blowing at our backs.
Mostly though, I’m thrilled that I can get my mussel fix whenever I want. During happy hour, orders of mussels and frites are $10 (normally $18). The big bowl of frites (not pictured) comes with both ketchup and a garlic aioli.
The mussels arrive in a blisteringly hot iron pot. This is my Eastern Shore mussel pot, with new potatoes, corn, sausage, and Old Bay seasoning.
Tender, plump, meaty mussels. One had failed to open, so I threw it away. The rest went right down the hatch.
To wash down the mussels? A 1/2 liter of cold Belgian beer (all metric system at St. Arnold’s).
Belgian beer, mussels, frites and open air dining. That’s the recipe for a good time had by all.
St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar
3433 Connecticut Ave. NW