Notes From the Field: Rustik Tavern

Our critics give new restaurants a quick look and report back with their first impressions.

By: Rina Rapuano

The food skews Mediterranean at Rustik Tavern, which opened last September in Bloomingdale, and the vibe is decidedly cool. On our initial visit, the hipster waiters did a decent job of serving a diverse crowd that mirrors the neighborhood. The menu turned up a lovely bowl of roasted lamb and spiced potatoes served with house-made pita. An earthy and surprisingly elegant navy-bean soup was beautifully garnished with a splash of orange chorizo oil. (Like most things, the soup can be modified for vegetarians.) A nut-studded kale salad also hit the spot. But the pizza makers are still working out some kinks, such as flour-caked and under-cooked crusts. Still, this is a great place to have a glass of wine and a bite, and there’s nothing wrong with those pizzas that can’t be fixed.

Rustik Tavern, 84 T St., NW; 202-290-2936


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