The Needle: The Source Lounge
Reviewed By Todd Kliman
Comments () | Published May 1, 2010
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The Source
Address: 575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-637-6100
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Modern, Breakfast, Chinese, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 to 2. Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11; closed Sunday and Monday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Judiciary Square, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pork-belly dumplings; mini-burger; fried bass; Arctic char with Indian spices and raita; prawns in Indian curry; lamb chops with a mint-coriander sauce; blueberry crumble.
Price Details: Lounge menu small plates, $8 to $16; big plates, $12 to $17. Dining room starters, $14 to $19; entrees, $26 to $60.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available

The revamped lounge menu at Wolfgang Puck’s DC outpost is an attempt to channel a Japanese izakaya—a small, bustling restaurant that serves noodles, skewered meats, sushi, and other zesty nibbles to promote after-work drinking. It might be gimmicky if not for chef Scott Drewno’s mastery of detail. Most everything sings. The mini–bánh mì is a sublime three-bite Vietnamese sub; the yellowtail sashimi rivals the work of Washington’s best sushi bars; and the udon-noodle soup with oxtail is rich and satisfying. All three can be had at happy hour (Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6) for just $20.10. It’s one of the best, most interesting dining experiences in town right now.

This article appears in the May, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.


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