Cheap Eats 2012: Bar Pilar
Chef Justin Bittner’s small-plates menu changes weekly and reads like a farmers-market shopping list. Photographs by Chris Leaman.
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Bar Pilar
Address: 1833 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-265-1751
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Buttermilk fried chicken; rice and beans with pickled pork; frisee salad with a fried egg; veal-sweetbread piccata.
Price Details: Small plates, $4 to $11.
Happy Hour Details:
Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-7:00pm 5:00pm-6:00pm: half-price draft beers 6:00pm-7:00pm: $1 off draft beers
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Cheap Eats 2012

Hourlong waits are common at many of the no-reservations restaurants along DC’s 14th Street corridor. But things just got a bit easier at this exposed-brick grazer’s paradise—a new upstairs dining room has doubled its seating capacity. Chef Justin Bittner’s small-plates menu changes weekly and reads like a farmers-market shopping list—an early-spring dinner might include lemony grilled ramps, while late summer brings a lovely sauté of chanterelle mushrooms and sweet corn. Bittner is equally deft with anything porcine, whether lime-spritzed fried pig’s ears, slow-roasted pork shoulder, or a “bacon buddy” sandwich that should be prescribed for hangovers.

Also good: Roasted potatoes with malt aïoli; beet salad with citrus; mussels with white wine and shallots; fried chicken; buttermilk pie; Moscow Mule cocktail.

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