Just a few months after celebrating their one year anniversary, Union Market has added its first full-service sitdown restaurant. The new Bidwell restaurant will follow in the footsteps of Chef John Mooney’s Bell Book & Candle in NYC as a roof-to-table concept. The food program at Bidwell will revolve around local, organic, sustainable and overall responsible procurement. The menu cycles will be seasonal and heavily influenced on production from an aeroponic roof-top tower garden above market. The garden at the NYC location yields many variety of herbs, leafy greens, eggplant, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes and much more.
There is a sophisticated farm feel once you walk in to Bidwell. The dining room has a more industrial finish, the servers all wear buffalo check shirts with aprons and jeans. While the garden for Bidwell isn’t up and running yet, it’s too cold outside! We were told they will begin planting on their rooftop next month.
Phil the Heat – Gin, aperol, lemon, grapefruit, jalapeno, egg whites, rhubarb. Foamy citrus flavor with a sharp finish.
Canella La Margarita – Cinnamon infused tequila, lime, orange liqueur, grapefruit, agave. Great cinnamon aroma that reminds me of picking apples in the fall.
Appetizers and Small Plates
Lobster Tacos – Avocado and tomatillo salsa. The buttery lobster, cheese and tortilla melt in your mouth. But this dish is just a few bites and may be better for one to consume rather than for sharing.
Crispy Deviled Eggs – Roasted Jalapeno and buttermilk ranch. Perfectly crunchy outside is great with the dipping sauce, not a lot of heat on these.
Drunken Bean Dip with Chorizo – Goat cheese, cherry tomato, grilled flat bread. Pinto beans and spicy chorizo doused in Pork Slap beer. A bit like refried beans, the goat cheese adds depth and creaminess.
Venison and Black Bean Chili – Cheddar, sour cream, onion. So thick you can stand your fork up in it. This is a great cold weather dish. The meat is tender with a nice smoky fire roasted flavor and topped with sour cream and cheese.
Bidwell Burger – a patty melt with grilled onion, vintage cheddar, seeded rye and thousand island dressing. The house made thousand island dressing is a clear winner here, its made with beets to get that nice red color. The meat in the burger speaks for itself an the onions make it more juicy, the vintage cheddar is subtle with a hint of sharpness.
Braised Short Ribs – Mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and pan jus. No knife needed here. The meat just falls apart and melts in your mouth. The mashed potatoes are fluffy like a cloud and the brussel sprouts have a really nice char on them.
Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches – One chocolate chip and one peanut butter cookie. The squeeze bottle of caramel was a true delight for the table and a perfect end to the evening.
We very much enjoyed our first taste of Bidwell. We’ll be back and may try the chef’s table on a future visit.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002