A few months ago, my coworker mentioned that Slipstream does a series called Neighborhood Nights where they offer three courses and a cocktail pairing for $25. I was sold, and immediately added it to the running list of restaurants I keep on my DC restaurant bucket list. Luckily for me, I was able to check it off with two great former coworkers—we had the best girls’ night!
Prior to my awareness of neighborhood nights, I didn’t realize that Slipstream was open at night—I thought it was purely a coffee shop. Turns out, they are a ‘crafted coffee and cocktails’ shop, and I hope they begin to market the latter better because it’s a really cute, low key spot to meet up with friends after work.
Slipstream has two locations—one down in the Navy Yard, and one a little closer to me on 14th Street, where we went. The Navy Yard location offers Neighborhood Nights weekly on Tuesdays and the 14th Street location hosts them weekly on Wednesdays. They serve cocktails, wine, and dinner every night of the week though, and also have a weekend brunch.
To kick things off, we started with the El Camino cocktail. I’m not a huge mezcal fan, so it wasn’t my favorite drink. In hindsight, I wish I had ordered the Let’s Call It a Mai Tai cocktail and enjoyed it with a glass of wine—especially since happy hour runs until 7pm and wine is $2 off during that time!
I was super impressed with our food throughout the evening—it was all plated so beautifully, and tasted delicious! We all opted for the wedge salad, which was hearty, but not too filling ahead the main course. It was dressed with a creamy lemon vinaigrette that I really liked, and the lettuce tasted really fresh.
For my main course, I opted for the pupusas—and I wish I had remembered to take a photo of them for you because they were plated in such a stunning fashion. You know how they say you should eat the rainbow? Order those pupusas and they were garnished with vegetables in nearly every color. So good! My friends both opted for the roasted beef and pork polpettine and let me try a few bites—that entree was good too, so I think it really just depends on what you’re in the mood for.
We shared our desserts tapas-style, and ordered two of the chocolate and banana cream pie and one of the cardamon ice cream with pain perdu. Both were great and very rich!
Overall, I was super impressed with Slipstream’s Neighborhood Nights—the food was great (and portions were generous!), service was attentive, and you can’t beat it for $25. I’ll definitely be back!