Cheap Eats 2007: Bar Pilar
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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, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible
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

It’s official: The Tater Tots are forgotten. When this Hemingway-inspired bar changed its menu—and its whole concept—last year, doing away with margaritas and snack-bar fare in favor of small plates, the disappearance of the spuds was all some people talked about. But we’ll take a crusty roasted potato swabbed in thick aïoli any day. Or bowls of Marcona almonds and olives warm from the oven.

Not everything is a bar nibble. A plate of richly flavored braised chicken, a lineup of minichorizos over stewed white beans, seared mahi-mahi with turnips and figs—all could double as entrées. Desserts are studies in elegant simplicity: honeyed goat cheese with puréed figs, grapefruit segments drizzled with lavender honey.

Some things haven’t changed. The arty Black Cat crowd still packs the place, and mobs stay late on weekends. And it still makes a margarita Papa would be proud of.

Open daily for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

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