Oh dear dear dear… I know what many of you are thinking. “Did Emily fall out of love with her food blog?” The answer is no. I am still very much in love. I’ve just been rather busy. That said, neglecting my blog is not acceptable… and for that, I apologize.
Since I haven’t had time to get out much, I’m going to reach back into my archives and talk to you more about an experience from the past.
It’s like a blog-time-machine. Yippie!
This magical time warp is focusing on a not-so-recent trip to a little place called SqWires here in Lafayette Square.
SqWires is a restaurant that used to pose as a Western Wire Factory (hence the use of a W in the name—see what they did there?); for that reason, it is a totally unique building and provides a fantastic eating experience. When you walk in and look around you get a definite “loft” vibe from the establishment—cement floors, brick walls, tall ceilings, and unique art. Combine that look with live music and a constant hum of happy customers… you’ve got a winning atmosphere.
Now. Let’s talk food.
Here’s my grade for SqWires:
Now, I know that I am usually pretty easily pleased. But there is just something about SqWires that doesn’t seem to match up–and that rubs me the wrong way. The food always looks very pretty (maybe it’s the excellent lighting in the restaurant) and it usually tastes pretty good (albiet lacking what I call real flavor punch [*kapow!*]), but the price is just a little high for me.
I mean, a good-but-not-great plate of food should not cost $14 or more (which is where most of their dinner entrees land). In my opinion at least.
I honestly believe that SqWires’ “unmatched” quality just throws me off. If you’re not sure what I mean… then, here’s the breakdown. If the food only cost $10, then I would be more forgiving of the food. OR if the food was exquisite then I’d be much more willing to pay $18 for it. That’s my rationale–so when the two don’t match up, I feel disappointed in the meal.
To give an example of the food… on this particular visit to SqWires, I got the eggs benedict with potatoes.
That should be a meal that you can’t stop eating because it’s so decadent. Unfortunately, I remember liking the rosemary potatoes more than the cream sauce covered eggs. How is that possible?
All of that said… I will admit that I continue to return to SqWires. Why do you think that is?
I’d have to say that it is the environment (and the close proximity to my house). There’s always good music and laughter echoing throughout the building. The service is always friendly and pretty quick. The food is good enough. I just wish I could get in the kitchen and tell the chef not to be afraid of spices… and talk to their owner and tell them that lowering their prices just a tad might not kill them. With those minor changes, maybe I’d become their most regular patron.
So, have you eaten at SqWires? Do you agree or disagree? Do you think I should try again (because I probably will)? What makes an eating experience great for you? (I know I know… so many questions! [Now, answer them!])
Until next time… happy eating!