Capital City Brewing Company
1100 New York Avenue NW
Visited on October 7, 2007
Probably the worst brewpub experience I’ve ever had was courtesy of Capital Brewing Company. First of all, it took forever to get seated, despite the fact that the restaurant seemed to be half empty. Strike two, a lot of their beers were empty, the ones that they did have were mediocre at best, and they were overpriced. The service took forever and the food was a bit on the chilly side when served. All of this stacked up to create a rather blah performance.
The two bright spots were the location – a beautiful old building that must have been a bank or something judging by the vault by the entrance – and the flavor of the food. The meatloaf was pretty good and the onion straws on top complimented the saltiness well with more salt.
The restaurant itself is extremely promising, but it didn’t deliver in any way, shape, or form. I believe this is the third location for Capital Brewing, and I truly hope their other locations are better. The restaurant used to be a bank, it has an old vault near the waiting area, which is pretty cool. It’s located in one of those building with the giant white columns you always pass in DC, which is also cool. The place is huge, it sports a ton of brass and copper piping, and it’s very pretty. Those are the only compliments I will be paying to this establishment.
The food was actually pretty good, but the sweet potato fries (my favorite) were underdone and the onion straws on top of my meatloaf sandwich were chewy and obviously old. But I do have to say that the meatloaf was good and my friend’s chicken sandwich was tasty (see, I can be nice…).
The Bocktoberfest was not listed on the chalkboard and was not included in the sampler tray, and yet it was the best thing they had to offer. I did not really care for any of the other beers they had that night, and don’t remember, or even care to look up, what they serve.
The service is what made the night terrible. The average food and so-so beer could have been overlooked if the service hadn’t been so bad. The host was fake and a douchebag, first of all. After we were seated, it took 20 minutes to get a glass of water and 30 minutes to get a sample of beers. The server seemed constantly confused and harried, even though they didn’t appear to be very busy (it was 8:00 pm on a Sunday night). It took forever to get anything, and nobody was particularly apologetic about it.