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The Smith

901 F St. NW (9th St. NW) Send to Phone
Enjoy American fare in a buzzy, congenial setting in Penn Quarter.


Breakfast Mon.-Fri., Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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The Smith Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: In Penn Quarter, where tourists roam for museums and visit the Capital One Arena, this spacious, very family-friendly corner restaurant accommodates diners at tables or bar stools indoors, and there’s outdoor seating in good weather. Tile floors and wooden space dividers help to keep patrons gathered together in smaller settings, and the numerous front windows shed light on it all.

Likes: American flair and courteous staff.
Dislikes: The sound level can be a bit daunting.

Food & Drinks: The menu comprises typical American fare, with starters such as various raw oysters, crispy calamari, and skillet roasted mac-n-cheese. Lunchtime brings a chicken sandwich, a BLT with fried egg and burgers --- the prime burger is an immense, bacon-and-meat-layered treat. Main courses include big salads, steaks (NY strip, filet mignon), seafood (mussels with Chardonnay broth and fries) and pastas (cavatelli with short rib ragù). Sides range from Mexican corn off the cob to jalapeño cheese grits. Light eaters can choose from tempting “Snacks” like hot potato crisps with blue cheese fondue and crab cake tots. Brunch selections focus on eggs and sandwiches plus cocktails. For dessert, expect sticky toffee pudding, s’mores in a jar and a strawberry shortcake. Everything can be swirled down with coffee, teas and house-made sodas. Just want a cocktail or two? Study the long, overly stocked bar shelves that contain probably every vodka, gin, rum and bourbon made by man.

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