Cheap Eats 2010: Bar Pilar
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 10, 2010
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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

Why go: At first glance, this Hemingway-inspired bar is just another craft-cocktail den, but the reason to come is chef Justin Bittner’s small plates, including house-cured charcuterie, 12-hour brined chicken, and creative combinations ranging from corn on the cob with Parmesan to Swiss chard with cherries and blue cheese.

What to get: The menu changes, but recent stars have been buttermilk fried chicken; rice and beans with pickled pork; frisée dressed with lemony vinaigrette and topped with a fried egg; and a version of veal piccata made with delicate sweetbreads.

Best for: A low-key weeknight dinner—the crowds on weekends take away some of the charm.

Insider tip: Sunday is the best night to eat here. There are fewer customers, and the chef is often in the kitchen trying out new menu items—he might send one out and ask for your opinion.

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