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During a recent staycation at AC Hotel National Harbor, I dined at neighboring restaurant, Succotash. Its website says it 'showcases a progressive prospective of classic Southern favorites.' I love all things Southern so dining at Succotash was a natural choice for me, and it did not disappoint.
As you walk into the restaurant, you can't help but to notice several bottles of bourbon surrounding the bar. I made a comment about the number of bottles to my waiter and he told me that they have over 100 types of Bourbon on the bar. If that's not Southern, I don't know what is!
From a Manhattan to a French 75 and Mint Julep, Succotash's Libation menu offers something for everyone. I was also shocked to see Haiti's Rhum Barbancourt served in one of their most popular cocktails, the 'Milk Punch.' For $49, you can enjoy a pitcher of Succotash's delicious cocktails. I tried the 'Belle's Punch,' which was a mixture of mango-infused vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger, mint and topped off with a little champagne. The 'Belle's Punch' is another one of their restaurant favorites and I can see why. It was simple and tasteful.
I'm still thinking about the food at Succotash. Seriously. The food was so delicious, that I couldn't stop saying how delicious it was while I was consuming it. Their menu consists of traditional Southern dishes, including shrimp'n'grits, ribs, pork chops, collared greens and much more.
I tried the Pimento Fundido, and it was as good as you think. Made from seven kinds of cheese, it was the perfect warm blend of cheesy goodness to spread over crackers.
I had the Crispy Local Blue Catfish and it was fried to the perfect crisp. My friend, Meghan, tried the Dirty Fried Chicken and enjoyed her dish as much as I enjoyed mine. We shared the Bacon Mac'n'Cheese and Brussel Sprouts. Everything was delicious and prepared really well.
We shared the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and again, it was delicious. (How many times have I used 'delicious' in this post? It's the only word I can think of when describing the food!)
The only words to describe the ambiance is 'southern elegance.' The lights were dimmed a little and the wooden decor gave the restaurant an 'at home' feeling. I think it's a great restaurant for a date or catching up with an old friend who enjoys food just as much as you do!
I love how Succotash's theme flows throughout the restaurant for a traditionally southern experience. While you're enjoying your staycation at the National Harbor, or looking for a quality restaurant outside of the city, I highly recommend Succotash.