As I was walking home last night, I noticed the lights on, the front door open, and a handful of people inside the long-awaited restaurant on the corner of 11th and P, Veranda. Peeking inside, I was pleased to learn that they were open with a limited menu and staff (I imagine that their official opening this Wednesday night will feature the full menu and a full staff). Despite my inclination to give new dining establishments a few weeks to work the kinks out before patronizing them, I could not resist giving it a try. I was pleased I did.
Veranda's atmosphere is great. A terracotta floor with tile inlay compliments the warm colored walls and beautiful and large wood bar. Wonderful aromas sneak out of the open kitchen in the back. Candle-lit table tops and dim lights make for an intimate setting for a drink or for dinner.
From the abbreviated menu, I ordered the scallops, which were served with a black olive sauce and linguine, and Drew ordered the skirt steak, which was served with a red wine sauce, pesto vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Both were a delicious preview of what's to come.
I think Veranda is going to find much success in its location and I am happy to welcome them to the neighborhood.
1100 P Street, NW