Restaurant Week Engulfs the New Columbia Firehouse

Columbia Firehouse Bread Pudding

Columbia Firehouse Bread Pudding

Washington area foodies have been talking about the recent opening of Old Town’s Columbia Firehouse. It has been open just over a month and the overall perception is that the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, those who also brought us Rammy-winning Vermilion and other neighborhood gems such as Evening Star Café, Tallula, and Rustico have scored again. I have had lunch at the Firehouse three times since its opening; once in the dining room, once at the bar, and most recently during Restaurant Week.

The “snacks” and small plates offered are dishes inspired from up and along the East Coast, and nothing says summertime like Maryland Blue Crabs and fresh Oysters. Extinguish your desire by starting with the Maryland Blue Crap Dip, Cornmeal Crusted Oysters, or the Blue Crab hushpuppies, which are served as five deliciously golden fried bites with a creamy red pepper remoulade (see photo on right). On their lunch Restaurant Week menu, they offered the Cornmeal Crusted Oysters with Yukon potato salad, spiced remoulade, and crisp leeks. They were delicious and I liked texture that the crisp leeks provided; however, my friend and I waited over 30 minutes for the oysters to arrive and before we were done eating the next course arrived. The timing of the courses were completely off. The first course took too long and the second course was rushed. For the main course, my friend ordered the Flat Iron steak which is served medium to medium rare and is deliciously juicy and very tender. The red wine jus is simple and compliments the steak without overpowering its natural flavor. I ordered the Jumbo shrimp with cheddar grits, wilted spinach, and shellfish cream which I thought was not as appetizing as the steak. Not to mention that it was a much smaller portion with just three shrimp. The grits are course with a firm texture. I prefer smoother less course grits. Again timing … the dessert course arrived before we were done eating our main entrees. The ice cream along side was melting and we felt rushed. Perhaps the restaurant was just too busy to handle the crowd. Service and timing of the dishes coming out of the kitchen really suffered.

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One Response

  1. I’ll read this AFTER I’m done drooling over the Bread Pudding…Yum-MO!

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