Where to Get Your Next Gin & Tonic

[ 0 ] June 29, 2016 |
Betsy Rooftop

Betsy Rooftop

Gin and tonic is a complete throwback to my house party days.  It used to look more like gin and juice but you get the picture.  Gin’s distinct flavor is put on blast at Betsy and JKGF is loving it.  The rooftop oasis tucked behind its sister restaurant Belga Café on 8th Street SE has every type of gin and tonic combo that you can imagine and they are all good.  Try the Langley’s and the Hendricks, they were the stars of the show on my visit.

The drinks are just half the show, however, where the food matches up equally as well.  The Crispy Potato Skins with all the Toppings (Chef Bart Vandaele’s play on his first impression of the American delicacy) and the Deep Fried Brussel sprouts are a must try and share.  Thank me later for your new secret hangout.  Just follow the chicken feet (you will understand when you visit) to one of summer’s best kept secrets.

*HAPPY HOUR:  (available for selected items on the menu)  $2 off bites , $3 beers and $5 wines


514 8th Street SE (Back Alley)

Washington DC 20003

Phone 202 544 0100

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Category: Happy Hour, 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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