Where I’m Eating: Boss Shepherd’s

[ 0 ] December 4, 2014 |
North Carolina Trout

North Carolina Trout

As the old saying goes “The second times the charm”.  That is exactly what happened the last time I visited Boss Shepherd’s in Penn Quarter.  On my first visit, I left feeling disappointed and confused:  How could a menu boasting so many great dishes have no way of proving it?  The fried chicken lacked any the flavor I was expecting, the Albacore Tuna salad was soaked in dressing and the gnocchi left me with a salt headache.  This had to be a case of the new restaurant blues so I was open to trying it for a second round to make sure my restaurant with the dream menu was only working out the kinks in the system.

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Crab Cake

The kinks were worked out on my second visit *happy dance*.  The Trout was cooked to perfection with just enough lemon to let you know it was there and the grits were creamy without sliding into soupy zone.  The crab cake will be my standing starter from now on where it avoids the classic mistake of over compensating with breads and mayo.  Having to take a couple of trips to Boss Shepherd’s was most pleasant because of the restaurant starter:  the Pimento Cheese and Crackers.  I LOVE pimento cheese so this was more than a pleasant surprise on my first visit.

Returning to Boss Shepherd’s is a none issue at this point.  The new question is what will I order next on this menu of bliss??

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Category: restaurant reviews, Reviews, Washington D.C.

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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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