There's nothing better than finding the perfect outdoor patio for dinner and drinks on a cool evening. OK, I realize it's currently 100 degrees and we're smack in the middle of August, but the fall will be here soon and we'll all be trying to soak up those last beautiful outdoor nights before the weather turns cold again. My friend Cori Sue, a founder of Bitches Who Brunch, was kind enough to invite me to check out The Betsy, which is a patio that serves food and drinks from Chef Bart Vandaele of Belga. Located behind Belga, down the alleyway, and up a staircase, this little gem of a spot is pretty delightful.
Chef Bart created a space that is inviting and feels as if you've stepped onto someone's backyard patio. The entire space exudes summer, and the drink list is plentiful including a Gin and Tonic bar, a cocktail list, and a great selection of wines and beers. While all of the dinner food at The Betsy is specific to the rooftop spot, the brunch at The Betsy comes from the brunch menu at Belga. Some of my favorite bites were the buffalo chicken croquettes with blue cheese and hot sauce, the macaroni and cheese, and the scallops with green peas and asparagus. However, my absolute favorite of the night was the deconstructed potato skins. The dish is served in a large bowl with cheese cream at the bottom, and a pile of diced potatoes and bacon on top with spring onions and garlic. All you have to do is mix it up and enjoy.
The Betsy does not accept reservations, so it's best to just swing by one evening to check out the space and cozy up for an enjoyable meal. With only a month or so left of outdoor patio weather, make sure to add it to your list before the summer is over.
514 8th Street SE (Back Alley)
Washington, DC 20003