Alfresco Dining at the Old Angler’s Inn

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, owned by my dear friend Sara Reges and her husband Mark.  Old Angler’s Inn has been in Mark’s family for 53 years, originally a gift from his father to his mother, and the building itself is over 150 years old.  Since Sara and Mark have inherited the restaurant, they’ve done a wonderful job of maintaining and updating the beautiful outdoor setting and menu.  Old Angler’s is located right off of the Beltway and George Washington Parkway, but sitting on the outdoor patio next to a bubbling fountain, you feel as though you could be eating at a secluded mountain retreat.   The setting is great both for a romantic meal for two or for a large group, as it features several private outdoor dining terraces.

Outdoor patio at Old Angler’s Inn

We started with the calamari appetizer, which came with a unique sweet-and-sour sauce that paired wonderfully with the salty calamari.  For the main course, I had the rockfish with saffron, red pepper, and potatoes. The fish was perfectly cooked and had a delicious charcoal grill flavor to it.  I also had the chance to sample the lobster carbonara with parmesan foam- what a treat!  The lobster was perfectly cooked, and though this dish certainly had the potential to be overwhelmingly decadent, it was restrained just enough to leave you completely satisfied without feeling like you’d overindulged.  We could have been very content with just appetizers and an entrée, the dessert menu looked too good to pass up.  Our table shared crème brulee and the chocolate gateau – a delightful medley of chocolate mousse, chocolate wafers, and chocolate ganache.

Rockfish with saffron, red pepper, and potatoes
In true Chocolate & Stilettos style, the heavenly Chocolate Gateau

In addition to dining on the patio or inside the building, Old Angler’s Inn also features an outdoor beer garden with a more casual menu and live music on the weekends.  The beer garden has a happy hour with daily martini specials, like the Shake Rattle & Roll Martini the day of the DC earthquake- how fabulous!  Old Angler’s also has lunch on weekdays and bottomless mimosa brunch on Sundays.

Overall, I’d highly recommend the Old Angler’s Inn if you’re looking to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors on one of the beautiful fall days that DC surely has in store for us.  In terms of ambiance, Old Angler’s can’t be beat! Enjoy!!

Keyana’s Note: I’m so excited to announce that Erica Newman will be joining the Chocolate & Stilettos team! She’ll be helping me keep you informed on all the Food, Fun, and Fabulous in our Nation’s Capital! Look out for Erica’s amazing posts!  xo – KC

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