Timed passes to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors have been going faster than a Saturday night dinner slot at Rose’s Luxury. If you’re lucky enough to enter the much-hyped exhibit full of polka dots, pumpkins, and infinity mirrors, you might as well make a night of it. Dine and drink at these places where the decor is just eccentric enough to make Kusama smile.
This Atlas District newcomer boasts no fewer than a dozen types of fries on its menu — six that are dusted with various seasonings inspired by such flavors as sushi and Bloody Marys, and six in the smothered category. Among these, we loved the bowl of frites tossed with sherry-crab bisque and jumbo lump crabmeat, complete with chunky Old Bay tartar sauce and slivers of green onion. Other varieties include bulgogi, mushroom, tasso, pastrami and French onion.
There’s a new date night spot in town that’s unlike any other in DC. Tom and I spent a recent evening under the clouds at Mythology on H Street celebrating a recent promotion he received at work with an especially fun dinner.
Yes, there are clouds hanging from the ceiling, and the whimsy doesn’t stop there. Playing on their location in the “Atlas Neighborhood” on the H Street Corridor, Mythology feels magical from the moment you enter. There is not much else on this particular stretch of H Street, but you once you arrive you won’t want to go anywhere else.
The restaurant wants to bring a "healthy dose of whimsy" to H Street NE. Case in point: A large selection of frites, including varieties inspired by sushi and bloody marys, as well as "puff tarts."
An order of scallops at this mythology-themed restaurant arrives on a metal platter with a giant metal trident attached to it. Other dishes come out of the kitchen on plates with a sword or an anvil rising perpendicular from the dish. Fries arrive in a giant, colorful ceramic head vessel — unless they’re smothered fries, in which case they come in a regular white bowl. And everything is served under fluff-encased light fixtures made to look like clouds. Owner Todd Luongo says, “We take the food seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
When you walk in, you are immediately in awe of the decor itself, a mythological themed oasis (I mean, clouds hang from the ceiling). Then quickly, you are quickly greeted by the friendliest of staff. While H Street is home to many quality restaurants and swanky bars such as this, they rarely have the caliber of this restaurant – thanks to Mythology, this neighborhood just got some great competition.
I don’t know about you, but I have a wish list when it comes to restaurants. Topping that list, of course, is good food, but well-crafted drinks, an exciting experience, and impeccable service are close behind. With restaurants I frequent, most of the time I’m ensured good food and maybe even a quality cocktail, but a lot of times it stops there. Mythology is not one of those places. It’s a home run on all fronts. With one step into this restaurant’s creative space, you’ll realize your meal will be one of those special dinners that only come around a few times a year. That is, unless you make Mythology your weekly spot, which is a decision I can definitely get behind (and one your wallet will unexpectedly approve of)…
They feast beneath a canopy of luminous clouds: one has a giant hammer, another a lightning bolt, still more are heralded with tridents, busts, and swords. No, this is not Valhalla or a preview of the Starz series American Gods. These are ordinary diners out for an evening of American cuisine at Mythology Restaurant on H Street.
District Cuisine stopped by for dinner during the first week of service and was impressed. We started with the feta fries (there are 12 different fry options ranging from sushi fries to bulgogi fries) that were well seasoned with a generous amount of feta. In addition to a menu of craft cocktails, Mythology offers a lengthy list of beer and wine. For main courses, we moved on to “Rock the Fish Please” and “But I’m a Vegetarian.” The rockfish was expertly seared and served over a combination of smokey bacon, crab meat, and fresh corn for a welcome end of summer taste. The creative vegetarian dish featured a chickpea ragout as well as eggplant and a lemon yogurt sauce.
Owner Todd Luongo describes his new restaurant as “contemporary with a healthy dose of whimsy,” noting several favorite mythical libations on the menu including Mercury’s Vespa (vodka, gin, prosecco, grapefruit and Italian honey) and the perfect-for-autumn Blue Men of the Minch (Laphroaig 10 Year, English breakfast tea and condensed milk). Mythology’s eclectic menu features a dozen types of frite dishes – dusted or smothered – from sushi-flavored to bulgogi beef, kimchi and red chili aioli, plus a range of entrees. Luongo says But I’m A Vegetarian (curried chickpea ragout, stewed eggplant and lemon yogurt) has been a standout dish thus far for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.