You know it’s spring when its time to sport your festive Blue Duck Tavern attire and dine al fresco on the restaurant’s terrace. Located in the Park Hyatt Washington in the West End, the Blue Duck Tavern is one of those hidden jewels that is not to be missed.
With an imaginative culinary staff, the restaurant uses seasonally locally sourced ingredients to create their menus. This season Executive Chef, Franck Loquet drew inspiration from strawberries and basil to create the spring menu. “The bright red of the strawberry and the distinct green of the basil are in full contrast to the colors of winter – the perfect representation of spring freshness.”
On one of this year’s nice spring days so far, I sported my Blue Duck Tavern attire and popped over to check out this new menu. It was delicious and light and it was clear that strawberries took center stage. I fell in love with the rack of lamb and one of my favorite dishes was the goat milk ricotta gnudi. Blue Duck is one of those rare restaurants to have an inhouse cheesemonger so their cheese plates and dishes are pretty fantastic.
So what is Blue Duck Tavern attire? For a nice restaurant opt for a light colored suit. Light tan works really well for this time of year with a tonal dress shirt in a slightly lighter color for a tonal look. I added a plaid green bow tie to bring in that great pop of color.
Although they may not be blue, chances are you’ll see the occasional duck floating in the pond at the edge of the patio. This year, there seem to be three that have adopted this water spot as their go to place. Even they know it’s the place to be seen.
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