August 11, 2012 §
Tonic is a little gem in the middle of George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. I’m sad to only have tried it on my last night in D.C.! I met up with a couple of friends for dinner here at around 8PM on a Friday. It is a bar/restaurant with patio seating, and though it is a really narrow building there are three floors for indoor seating.
First thing – the service throughout the night was great! We were seated in about five minutes at a high table on the first floor next to the bar. Our server was fantastic. She was fast and efficient without rushing us, knowledgeable about the menu, and friendly without being too intrusive. I debated between the house-made veggie burger and the portabello sandwich – felt like going the vegetarian route for once, and she immediately recommended the veggie burger.
I really enjoyed the burger. It is made in-house, and is a great combination of oats, beans, and various vegetables. This is definitely not the type of veggie burger that tries to resemble meat, but I enjoyed the heartiness wholesomeness of the patty. It was really moist, almost to the point of falling apart (utensils were necessary!) and there were chunks of beans and other veggies. Also, it was a really filling size, and it came with a thin layer of guacamole. I wish there had been more guacamole! My friends got the salmon burger and a pineapple pizza, and both options looked really good as well.
With a side salad, the order was $12 – not bad at all for a healthy and filling meal in a laid-back environment, with prompt and friendly service.