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Georgetown Food Tour

I don’t know tons about Georgetown.  Most of my knowledge comes from the movie “No Way Out,” with Kevin Costner rushing into The Shops at Georgetown Park to warn Sean Young’s friend that she’s in danger, and being chased along the C&O Canal by goons in suits.

Recently, I met a friend at Georgetown Cupcake, effectively doubling my knowledge to “No Way Out” and cupcakes.

But now, thanks to an informative, fun and super-tasty afternoon on a Georgetown Food Tour, I know a little more.

For the price of a ticket you get a three and a half hour guided tour of Georgetown, with sit-downs at five restaurants for tastings and small meals. The groups are kept compact (ours was around 12?) — ideal for making acquaintances. A nice mix of people: some newcomers to D.C. like me, a few couples and longtime residents who felt like exploring a new neighborhood.

Along the way, while walking from restaurant to restaurant, we also learned about the history of Georgetown itself, including who Georgetown was named after, where John and Jackie Kennedy lived, and what those metal plaques on the outside of homes signify.  It’s all interesting stuff.

Of course, this being a food tour, the dining is the focal point of the afternoon.  Our first stop was along M St – the main drag in Georgetown – at Fino Italiano.

We each enjoyed a plate of three types of ravioli: mushroom, pumpkin (my favorite) and a third that I’m forgetting now, I think it was spinach.

And then we left. No doubt the other diners at Fino were wondering what was up with the big group that arrived, sat for fifteen minutes, and bolted.

Stop number two, the stylish Puro Café.

Nice décor here – trendy but still comfy.

And some very good food, starting with these bites of zucchini and brie, and prosciutto and mozzarella.

The fig, prosciutto, arugula and parmesan flatbread was killer.

This definitely took the edge off our hunger, but we still had three more stops to go.

I just have to point this out: the line at Georgetown Cupcake on a Saturday afternoon, stretched back along Potomac St. all the way up to N St.

I’ve seen lines like this for an iPhone release, but cupcakes? What the hell???

Up next, Dean & DeLuca.

Such a beautiful store — the sort of place where characters in a Nancy Meyers movie would shop.

Back in the wine section was our wine and cheese tasting, where we drank Pinot Noir and munched on Coppa, olives, cheddar and smoked gouda.

I also snagged a hot sample of garlic-grilled halibut that was prepared at a demo station nearby. The aroma of garlic was intoxicating, and I hustled over there as soon as it hit my nose. They ran out soon after. You gotta be quick!

I could have stayed at Dean & DeLuca for the rest of the afternoon, but it was time to move on again. We walked down to Sea Catch, along the C&O Canal.

Another gorgeous setting, with canal views, exposed brick, wood beams and a huge fireplace. I realized I’d been here before, about 11 years ago, with co-workers on a D.C. trip.

As you might expect from the name, this tasting was all about seafood.

Shrimp and risotto croquettes.

Oysters Rockefeller.

Clams Casino.

I loved all three of these and couldn’t have been happier. That’s old school luxury, right there. Clams Casino and Oysters Rockefeller will never go out of style.

For our last stop, dessert. Since I’ve moved here everyone’s been telling me about Baked & Wired, and that’s exactly where we went.

Another deep line, but since we were with the food tour and they were expecting us, we were able to pop right in without waiting, like Baked & Wired VIPs.

The line to the left was for cupcakes.

To the right, coffee and other desserts.

I can’t think of a better way to finish off the afternoon, than with a strong cup of coffee and these two desserts, a s’more and a bee sting.

Honestly, they were so good I can hardly describe them, other than to say we were debating which one was better, and I don’t think there was a clear-cut winner. The s’more was gooey and out of this world (not the kind of s’more you cobble together on a camping trip), and the crunchy/chewy bee sting oozed of honey and butter.

And that was my introduction to Georgetown. I’d say it was a success.

Fino Italiano
3011 M St. NW
Washington, DC
202-333-1111

Puro Café
1529 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC
202-787-1937

Dean & DeLuca
3276 M St. NW
Washington, DC
202-342-2500

Sea Catch
1054 31st St. NW
Washington, DC
202-337-8855

Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
Washington, DC
202-333-2500