Cowgirl Creamery, a California-based cheese boutique landed on F Street a few years ago and showcases a variety of artisan, aromatic, and expensive cheeses as well as a limited selection of meats, wines, and craft beers. They also sell sandwiches, the variety of which change daily.
Today we had the fourth straight day of perfect DC spring weather, so I decided to grab a sandwich and eat outdoors. I opted for the day's special, which was comprised of Cowgirl Creamery's St. Pat's cheese (similar in mouth feel and taste to a triple cream), marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, and mixed field greens. The bread texture was similar to a Parisian baguette minus the floured surface.
One bite and I immediately was transported to Napa Valley. The creaminess of the cheese contrasted with saltiness of the olives and perfectly marinated artichokes and was reminiscent of the sandwiches which we had at the Oakville Grocery during our trip to the area two falls ago. The bread was chewy but fresh-baked. It would have paired perfectly with a glass of Chardonnay, but it was a weekday and I was eating on a bench outside the restaurant (reality), so that was not an option. On the upside the people-watching was pretty good.
With tax the generous sandwich was $8.50 and I was able to finish a little over half. This is an extremely flavorful sandwich and a great way to sample some great cheese that may be too strong to eat on its own.
I knew lunch was over when a homeless man sat down beside me and the smell definitely confirmed I am in fact in DC and not Napa!