Pen and Quill

Helmand Karzai works the counter at Pen & Quill. (July 21, 2014)

All weekend, we kept hearing about the Beef Tongue Steam Bun at Pen & Quill. By Saturday afternoon, we couldn't resist any further. We stopped in and ordered the beef tongue ($8), which lived up to the hype. With a bit of tzatziki and mint to cool the hot and flavorful beef, it was perfect with the draught Fin City Lite ($5). The halibut crudo ($15) was a bit lighter and just as tasty, with a sizable pile of halibut, grapefruit slices, and a delicious brown sauce with crispy enoki, black garlic, and daikon. But, the beet salad ($9) may have been our favorite thing with crisp hearts of palm, oranges slices, and of course beets, over arugula in a black walnut dressing. If this first draft of Pen & Quill, the newest venture occupying the old Chesapeake space, is an accurate picture of what is to come, color us psyched.