I decided to do Restaurant Week DC this past week and I loved it. A few DC suburbs and restaurants in MD and VA also honored it. I’m a food enthusiastic so this was definitely up my ally. I wanted to go each day of the week but I knew that was not going to be ideal for my diet. This was my first time doing restaurant week in DC so I was thrilled to try out specials at the restaurants I went to. On Friday, I went for dinner at TenPenh and then I went to brunch at Succotash on Saturday. I did not want to go to restaurants that I have been to in the past. I wanted to try out new menus and cuisines at new restaurants. Dinner was $35 for three courses at participating restaurants and $22 for three courses both brunch and lunch.
Tenpenh is a contemporary Asian restaurant serving delicious bites that awake your palette glands. They offer Asian fusion dishes from Japanese to Thai. It is located in the heart of Tysons, VA. When I was looking up restaurants participating in Restaurant week, I found TenPenh down the list. The reviews were 4.5 out of 5 which made my decision easy. Who else relies on reviews before going to new restaurants? The service was incredible, the food was Instagram worth, everything met my expectations and more. Thanks to all the open table reviews, I went with the panko shrimp bans for the first course. They were so yum. I went down the restaurant week menu and decided on the last two course which were tasty.
A colleague of mine recommended Succotash because of its popular brunch. When you think of authentic Southern cuisine in Penn Quarter DC, this is the pit stop. Biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, deviled eggs… I mean, this was a diet free day. Everything on the menu looked appetizing. Their restaurant week special was family style where you got everything on their restaurant week menu. I will say that the service was really disappointing. For a restaurant this good, I expected the service to be top notch. I found myself having to wait over 30 minutes t between rounds of getting my next course which was quite unpleasant for a first timer like me.
Overall, I would definitely recommend both restaurants. They both offer distinct cuisines and have options for everyone.