Since I discovered Lincoln, I’ve become a woman obsessed. It’s easily my first choice for practically anything. My boss asked me where he should take a client for a business lunch. My first recommendation? Lincoln. A friend wanted an intimate and fun locale for a date. Where did I recommend? Lincoln, of course. So when the folks at the restaurant invited The Bitches in to sample their new spring menu, I absolutely swooned at the opportunity.
I had recently learned that my new co-worker is an absolute foodie as witnessed by snapchats of his kitchen creations. I thought it only right to invite him and my best friend to join me in sampling the delicious smorgasbord Lincoln had prepared for us, and I could tell I wasn’t the only one excited to see what was in store.
We arrived and were immediately greeted with a cocktail menu and were told to order whatever we liked. Have I mentioned how much I love this restaurant? Karissa and DJ are both bourbon fans, and seeing as how Lincoln infuses their own bourbon, it was only natural that they both order bourbon-based drinks. They decided on the Mason-Dixon Manhattan made with bacon-cured Fighting Cock bourbon, Carpano Antica Vermouth, and Angostura bitters from Lincoln’s infusion library. I’m not a huge fan of bourbon, and even I thought the drink was tasty. The cocktail packed a punch and had a delightful bacon flavor apparent from the first sip.
I opted for the Tom Collins, concocted with Hayman’s Old Tom gin, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and seltzer water. It was light and refreshing, with the ingredients complimenting the gin perfectly.
The first round of samples began to make their way around the room. To begin, a small bowl filled with house-made pretzel rolls accompanied by a blue cheese crème sauce. Simultaneously, we all began to snap pictures of the dish. True food fanatics indeed. The pretzel dough was cooked to perfection and the blue cheese sauce was just heavenly.
The next morsel we sampled was the bruschetta with beets and a small dollop of goat cheese ice cream. One thing Lincoln can never be accused of is a lack of originality. (It’s sister restaurant, Teddy & the Bully Bar, is similar in this regard). Beets have slowly become one of my favorite foods, and these bruschetta bites highlighted this veggie’s unique, delicious taste. The small dollop of goat cheese ice cream was the perfect addition, adding a light note of flavor without overwhelming the palate.
We then moved on to sashimi bites, small slivers of tuna perched atop slices of pineapple and drizzled with jalapeño sauce in a wonton soup spoon. This dish ended up tasting mediocre and needing more flavor, but all the ingredients were cooked perfectly.
Finally, my favorite part of the evening arrived: dessert! Tiny little green tea macaroons were placed in front of us, and it took all of my self-restraint to keep from hoarding the whole tray for myself. These little treats were just delightful. They were light, but packed a nice zest of flavor.
While the macaroons were delicious, the star of the show was truly the gluten-free, cornbread, strawberry shortcake cookies. The cornbread cookie married salty and sweet and paired perfectly with the crème and fresh strawberries sandwiched between. I still dream about them.
As if I wasn’t infatuated enough with Lincoln, this menu tasting sealed the deal. Not to mention, the chef is an absolute gem, and the staff is the most gracious I’ve encountered in a while
After we had our fill, we stood around chatting with the chef trying to pick his brain on how he came up with such inventive dishes. We oohed and ahhed over his next big ideas and vowed to make reservations for the updated brunch menu. I have a feeling it will live up to my high expectations.
1110 Vermont Ave. N.W.