Where I’m Eating: The Fainting Goat

[ 1 ] May 29, 2014 |
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Goat Sausage at The Fainting Goat

I love places like this.  Places that invite the uninvited and make you feel like you can let your hair down for dinner while wearing your favorite ripped jeans.  The Fainting Goat is one of the most non-pretentious eating zones new to the D.C. dining scene (*or not really that new, they have been here almost a year!  Who knew?!).  The restaurant naturally has a lot of fare boasting its namesake but for those not craving goat, there are more than enough ways for you work your way around the menu.  Here are my suggestions:

    1. The Garden.  Love, LOVE, Love this concept.  The Garden is simply whatever the Chef nabs from the Farmers Market or local farm.  This ensures that whatever you have in this dish is extremely fresh and in season.  The adventurous vegetarian in you will like this appetizer.
    2. You cannot visit a place called The Fainting Goat without actually having some Goat.  The goat sausage is the way to go, exuding all the venison flavor that you seek in this underground meat.  Pair it with the Three Stars Samsquanch White IPA, which plays the balancing act that is needed beside the strong flavors of goat.
    3. Stepping outside the goat realm, the clams and Chicken are entrée options that should not be overlooked.  The clams come with a broth so thick that it reminds me of a gravy and gravy clams is not something I have seen around these parts.  I like where this is going.  The chicken is so tender and juicy, and in the midst of losing D.C. veteran, Palena, the Fainting Goat is taking this dish by the boot straps and climbing to the top of the list for best chicken in the area.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Lauren says:

    Can’t wait to go back!

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