Mussels can easily be an afterthought next to more fanciful seafood options like oysters and crabs. But the plump, briny bivalves can make for just as tasty a meal — often at an affordable price.
The most traditional way to enjoy mussels is steamed in a broth of white wine, shallots, butter and herbs — a French preparation called “moules marinières.” Enjoy the dish with a stack of crispy Belgian-style “frites” or grilled bread for dipping. It’s a favorite at D.C. pubs such as Granville Moore’s or St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar.
From there, mussels can be adapted into many cuisines. Try them cold and smoked at Neopol Savory Smokery in Union Market, or spiced up with chorizo and chipotle at El Sol Restaurante. Curry is another popular accent for mussels, found at spots such as Georgetown’s beer-friendly Sovereign.
Whether as an entree or sharable appetizer, mussels are a fine and warming addition to any winter meal. Here are some of the best mussel dishes at bars and restaurants in and around D.C.
The featured restaurants are not ranked and are listed from north to south.Read More