Meridian Pint is a large restaurant that focuses on craft beers and environmental sustainability. The first floor is traditional dinner seating while the downstairs features these amazing huge booths where you can get beer on tap. The atmosphere is relaxed and the lighting dark.
I started with an orange juice and perused the menu. I was so delighted to see that items were marked as vegan or vegan optional, which made it so easy to understand. I decided to go with the housemade lentil barley burger served as Mother Earth and I'm so glad I did. This hearty, fresh burger is loaded with flavor and served on grilled ciabatta with caramelized onions and Daiya as well as fresh lettuce and tomato. I think this burger is better than the Science Club's black bean burger, quite frankly. The salad was also very good and came with a light vinaigrette dressing.
A friend of mine ordered the Thai Noodle with Avocado, Basil, Tomato, Peanut and Arugula and said it was very good.
On my second visit, I was so tempted to order the same thing, but instead went with something new. I started with a delicious mimosa and had the Vegan Curry Burrito. I noted that the vegan burrito was misspelled as "burritto" while the regular burrito was spelled correctly so it was kind of funny. This burrito looked very plain, but was anything but. Again, I got that great salad. The burrito was filled with black beans, onions, roasted eggplant, and avocado and served in a very fresh wrap that was grilled perfectly.
The burger was $12 while the burrito was $13 so it wasn't cheap, but given the fresh, high-quality ingredients, I had no complaints. The service was quite good and the atmosphere inviting. Overall, I am very happy with where this restaurant is going. The food is excellent, the menu is labeled appropriately, and the drinks are top-notch. Meridian Pint has just jumped back up on to the top ranks of my favorite casual restaurants in DC.
June 12, 2012
3400 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010