I’m always trying to find a balance. On the one hand, I love love love trying new things. But I also love the idea of being a regular. Rolling up and having a familiar table with a familiar waitress. Maybe not a place where everybody knows your name, but a place that is part of your regular routine. My parents go to the same restaurant every Friday night and know the owner and I think most of the staff. My in-laws have a place where the cook starts making their order as soon as they walk in the door.
Post-kids, we did end up with a regular spot in DC. One morning, I had the inspired idea to hit breakfast at the 24-hour joint (it now closes in the wee hours) around the corner. Breakfast food is delicious. Breakfast also feels like a lower stakes meal with kids. And that’s how we ended up doing breakfast at The Coupe almost every weekend. We never had a usual waiter or table because of a larger staff and many other parents had the same idea (seriously, it was baby central up in there), but it was a nice part of the weekend.
Two times does not a trend make, but I think Pizzeria Gaudi is going to be one of our neighborhood go tos. We haven’t taken the kids yet because of the hours, but I think they would be welcome.
I have received a request for more “food porn,” so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking here.
We went back the second time because it was pouring rain and I just wanted a heaping bowl of pasta. Gaudi definitely delivered. Man, Italians know pasta. Perfect al dente pasta with just the right amount of sauce that somehow stays warm the whole meal.
Nobody recognized us the second time. But maybe someday.
Are you a regular anywhere? Does everybody know your name?