We had the pleasure of previewing Mulebone, sister restaurants with Busboys & Poets, recently. The latest addition to the ever-booming 14th street, Mulebone offers Southern-American food with a modern and unique twist. There’s no shortage of Southern restaurants to choose from in DC, but Mulebone stands out from the crowd thanks to the curators of Nomad Yard Collectiv, who staged pieces from the collection throughout the restaurant. Busy Bitches appreciate efficiency, so we obviously loved the convenience of shopping and dining in one fell swoop.
Mulebone’s story is as unique as the restaurant itself. The owners held a Top Chef-like competition to find their new executive chef. Each competitor prepared two small plates, a salad, and an entrée for five judges. D.C. native Joseph Paire emerged as the winner and has created a fresh, seasonal, and farm-to-table experience for you.
Beverage director Evan Cablayan has similarly created a “farm-to-glass” drink menu that will change based on available seasonal ingredients. I started out trying the various punches. They were all different and delicious. The bourbon punch was my favorite and definitely the crowd-pleaser, but even the milk punch that contained clarified milk was tasty. It’s definitely worth the trip, just for the punches and eclectic bar scene.
Next, I tried the script board which consisted of Virginia cured ham (read: salty!), sweet potato biscuits, deviled eggs, pickled vegetables, honey, and pimento cheese. Everything was fresh – you could tell it was sourced from high quality ingredients.
I didn’t think I’d like the fried chicken skins, but when they came out with blue cheese and honey mustard, I knew I had to try them. Whoa, these were great. They were perfect and not at all greasy. They’re indulgent, but worth it.
When the chefs brought out the beet salad with ricotta cheese, I will admit, I was skeptical. Beets aren’t for everyone. However, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the dish. It wasn’t my favorite, but if you like beets, it will definitely appeal to you. The chefs left the beets in their original form and did not slice them, which was not something you see often.
The chefs then brought out shrimp on sweet potato biscuits with Tasso ham gravy. As I am allergic to shrimp, I did not sample the dish, however my fellow diners assured me that it was quite tasty.
We enjoyed the ambiance and unique experience at Mulebone. It’s a great spot for after-work or late night drinks with girlfriends or your significant other. The menu is great for sharing, so go with a small group of friends and try everything. We can’t wait for Mulebone to serve brunch!
2121 14th Street N.W.