Cheat Sheet: Sona Creamery and Wine Bar on Capitol Hill
The Gist: Cheesemonger meets American bistro at this newly minted Capitol Hill haunt that plans to eventually make its own cheeses on site.
The Vibe: By day, there’s a relaxed atmosphere and a clientele that reflects the neighborhood - old and young, families and groups of friends catching were all there breaking bread.
Eat This: The outstanding Sona burger ($14) on the lunch menu, gilded with caramelized onions, Der Scharfe Maxx (a Swiss cheese that melts beautifully), a rich aïoli and bibb lettuce.
Drink This: There are two specialty cocktails on the list, as well as beers and a wine list heavily populated with selections from boutique Washington wineries.
Skip This: Coffee or tea - but only because they (strangely) don’t offer it. Also, the Bruno's Big Kid sandwich - filled with mac and cheese and grilled - is a bit much for one person. We will likely share it or opt for a side of the very good mac and cheese next time.
The Damage: About $40 for a lunch that includes a salad, fries and two sandwiches.
The Verdict: It’s a bit pricey ($14 for a burger and a pile of arugula?), but the ingredients are unquestionably top notch. We’ll be back to try dinner, because who can resist the siren song of duck confit poutine and steak and cheese eclairs?
Sona Creamery and Wine Bar, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-758-3556