A few weeks ago we brought you a First Look at the revitalized Union Market. Now we'll look closer at one of its anchors: the Rappahannock Oyster Bar. With me on this trip, Official Sister of DCWD Elle, Official Brother-in-Law of DCWD Phee, and Official Co-Writer/Girlfriend of DCWD Texas.
We talked about Union Market before, and the Rappahannock Oyster Bar itself fits in well with the market's theme. A sleek black-brown wood bar surrounds a small kitchen where anywhere from 5-6 people will be shucking, cooking, or pouring at any given time. Beyond the 16 or so seats around the bar, another bar table sits behind. Sitting front-and-center in the market, it's not unfair to call it the anchor and centerpiece of the renovation.
For her part, Texas ordered a bowl of the oyster chowder, and six oysters (two Rappahannocks, two Witch Ducks, and two Olde Salts). The former was wonderful, more of a soup than the cream-based New England clam chowders I was used to. What this resulted in was a spoonful that was equal parts oily and briny and smooth. The latter were wonderful and clear oysters, with the Rappahannocks far and away my favorite.
A beautiful place to sit down for seafood and charm the pants off your date.
Food Rating: **** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 4.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Hipster Hangout
Vibe: Chatty to Energetic
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing: I mean there's a vibrant Market all around you. Walk around, sample some more fresh goods, and bring some home for your next date.