One of my favorite year-round libations, but even more so on these 90+ degree days, is the Stoli Doli martini at Grillfish. Also available at Grillfish's sister restaurants in the Eat Well group, this delicious, house-infused pineapple vodka martini is half off at happy hour between 5 and 7pm, and at $8.50 all other times is a must for those that like their booze with just a touch of sweetness. Yes, this foodie is also a cliche in terms of her girlie drink choices, but don't knock it until you try it.
But wait, there's more. In addition to drink specials, Grillfish also has half priced appetizers and attentive bar service during happy hour. Plus the bar is spacious and comfortable for dining. It is a huge, stone slab backed by a mural of naked frolicking people and huge drip candles -- maybe Gay Gothic? My description does not do it justice, but it is a wonderful spot in an otherwise uninspiring section of the city adjacent to Georgetown and Foggy Bottom.
And as far as food goes, Grillfish is hot. And I mean this literally, their buffalo shrimp available as an appetizer or over pasta is one of my favorite dishes in the city. This is a distinctly American creation, and probably something that Michelin would thumb their nose at, but just taste it. Jumbo shrimp with a crispy outside and tender inside bathing in buffalo sauce which according to our favorite bartender is a secret combination of Tabasco, cream, garlic, and blue cheese.
I am not going to refuse these delicious shrimp in either the appetizer or the pasta portions, but I think I prefer the pasta to soak up the extra sauce. This entree is $18 and trust me, you will not be hungry afterwards, but may need another Stoli Doli martini to cut the heat.