Tis the season for graduation, and it is with great pleasure that last week we celebrated the successful dissertation defense of my friend and cohort-mate, Joanna Pepin! Faced with the last major decision of the semester – which happy hour to attend – Joanna selected Rebellion DC, rather apropos for the occasion.
Rebellion DC is a whiskey tavern in Adams Morgan with a dog-friendly patio and a well-stocked rooftop bar. Happy hour starts at 3:30pm and includes specials on beer, wine, well liquors, and of course whiskey. Sadly, signature cocktails are excluded from happy hour but Harry’s Gone for Good – Dr. Stoner’s Herb Vodka, Gran Classico Bitter, basil, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and simply syrup – and the French Quarter 75 – Pierre Ferand 1840 Cognac, house made simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lemon juice, topped off with Mumm Napa champagne – were well worth it.
That there would be yummy beverages was a given but I was pleasantly surprised by the grub. It was a hard decision between the Southern Maryland Po’Boy featuring mustard fried shrimp and the Wicked Tuna, but in the end, the Wicked Tuna won. (I do love a good seared ahi tuna.) The tuna was good, but it’s the brussels sprouts and the tater tots that I’d come back for. Grab some of the smoky, bourbon-y house bbq sauce to pair with your tater tots. They’re a perfect pair.
Joanna ordered the Rebel Yell (pictured below) – a smoked turkey breast sandwich on sourdough with bacon, tomatoes, American cheese, and more cheese via a mornay sauce. There was much debate around the table about the featured burrito and the selection of burgers. But, in the end, everyone was happy with their choices.
A few other items that sounded pretty tasty were the smoked wings, fried oysters, and the pork rinds. Maybe next time.
1836 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009