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A Former Marcel’s Cook Opens the Black Squirrel
The still-growing list of 50 beers (11 on tap) is the domain of co-owner Paul Uppole, who’s been bartending around DC since 1991. He’s got Belgian brews like Chimay on tap, and the bottled selection includes more-exotic finds such as Svyturys, a Lithuanian beer that’s one of Uppole’s personal favorites.
The Black Squirrel serves food until midnight, but Sohn plans to add a menu of “French tapas” priced between $5 and $12 that will be available after midnight. (The bar stays open until last call.)
So far, Sohn has seen a low-key, mostly local crowd: “People seem to come here to escape the rowdies. That was our goal.”
The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW; 202-232-1011. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 PM until last call. Starters $7 to $9, entrées $8 to $19.
Flash-Fried Calamari with Red Pepper Aioli 8
Duck Spring Rolls
In Feuille de Bric served with Ginger Honey Sauce 8
Mussels & Fries
Fresh Rope-Grown Prince Edward Island Mussels Sautéed with Shallots, Garlic, Black Squirrel Bock Curry Cream, and Applewood-Smoked Bacon
Single Order: 8 Double Order: 15
With House-Made Hot Sauce and served with Maytag Blue Cheese & Celery 8
Pizza Pot Pie
Tomato Ragout, Fresh Mozzarella, Vine-Ripened Tomato, Fresh Basil in Puff Pastry 9
Grilled Cajun Shrimp
OId Bay and Lemon Honey 9
Classic Caesar Salad
Crisp Romaine Hearts with a Garlic-Dijon Dressing, Anchovy & a Parmesan Crisp 7
Sautéed Wild Mushroom Salad
A Blend of Wild Mushrooms Sautéed with Shallots, Garlic, and Country Bacon over Frissee with Cheese Sticks, Chopped Egg & Tarragon Vinaigrette 8
Poached Beet Salad
Cucumber Shreds with Citrus Vinaigrette, topped with Goat Cheese Walnut Crouton 7
Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Crisps & Pinenuts with Basil Balsamic Dressing 7
Hand-Ground Angus Beef on Toasted Bun.
Served with Hand-Cut Fries or Mixed Green Salad.
The Bacon Cheeseburger
Stuffed with Brie & wrapped with Smoked Bacon 9
Topped with Blue Cheese, Cheddar, Bacon,
or Mushrooms 8
Served with Lentils & Spiced Carrots 15
Grilled Swordfish Filet
Served with White Wine Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce 16
Grilled Angus Ribeye Steak
Served with Bacon Mushroom Home-fries and Sautéed Spinach with a Red Wine Sauce 19
24-Hour Baby Back Ribs
Served with Fries and Slaw with a Port-Wine BBQ Sauce 19
Roasted Free Range Chicken
Served with Potato Salad & Collard Greens 15
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