The latest from the Baked & Wired team, is La Betty, sister restaurant to its next door neighbor A Baked Joint. The interior has a cool, yet home-like vibe, with lots of wood, peekaboo cut-outs, eclectic art and emerald green decor. It’s the sort of place I’d expect to find in an A-frame in the Pacific Northwest, not in the rather sterile “Golden Triangle” of Mount Vernon Square.
If the decor doesn’t immediately win you over, the service and food likely will.
The beverage menu is tight but every category is represented. I appreciate the affordable small pours of beer for when you don’t want to overindulge. The draughts are served Bavarian style, where your server will continue to refill your mug until you cover it to signal that you’re done. On the pricier end, you’ll find cocktails at the usual D.C. prices.
But the dishes are the stars here. La Betty is where home cooking meets German comfort food.
We opted for Not Yo’ Mama’s chicken schnitzel, topped with arugula salad. The expertly fried Viennese staple is more approachable with chicken, and the tangy arugula cuts through the flavor of the breading nicely.
I’d definitely recommend The Roast, a slow-roasted beef served with spaetzle and cabbage. This is a classic pot roast, oozing with rich, fatty flavor. I couldn’t get enough. The spaetzle was a bit bland but was a nice change of pace from potato (which is how my mother always accompanied pot roasts).
I insist that you order a twice baked potato. I d0n’t think I’ve had one since I learned how to make one in Home Ec in 8th grade but boy did this one bring me back. It was fluffy, creamy and oh-so-delicious.
La Betty is the ideal neighborhood restaurant for a fantastic, low-key meal. Service was lovely, and while they don’t take reservations, the staff was more than accommodating when we popped in.