Again, though, we were not there for the booze and freebies. We were there for brunch. As this was Big Volt, and he loves his tasting menus, I chose that, minus the wine pairings because even I can’t justify making someone else pay $90 + tip so I can get sloppy drunk at brunch.
So we’ve ordered and we’re eating our fancy rolls and biscuits when the main server places a plate with what appears to be nipples on a spoon. A real, live amuse bouche. I thought that was a joke, but no. The nipples were actually apple-butter filled meringues and started the meal off nicely, but this was going to be hilariously posh for my fambly. Seriously, my niece and I were dripping on our clothes and dropping food on the floor. Can’t take us nowhere.
As for the meal itself, it lived up to my expectations. Lush and meticulously prepared, I tried things I’d never had before, like kampachi sashimi and sturgeon, but it was beautiful and delicious and the service was beyond impeccable. Everyone was courteous, friendly and helpful, no one pointed out what a bunch of hayseeds we were, and the food was every bit what you’d expect from a “destination” restaurant.
Big Volt is very much the earnest and thoughtful restaurateur he seemed on TC and he built something lovely in this little Maryland city. He’s expanding his mini-empire in the mid-Atlantic (he also has a sandwich shop and family-style restaurant in Frederick), including a brand new, 300 seat restaurant at the Chevy Chase Pavilion called Range, but if you ever find yourself in the DC area and are looking for a memorable dining experience, get thee to Volt. They even give you presents.
I wish I could have been an asshole about it, but I can’t. These were two of the best meals I’ve ever had. Maybe I should have gone to Isabella’s restaurant. Or Spike’s. I’m sure Spike’s little dog and pony shows suck. But Street and Volt? Not so much.
So, yeah. If you’re looking for really good food go to Street and Volt. You may need to save up for Volt but it’s worth it. Or make your family take you. That way you can get good and liquored up, too.
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