The Liberty Tavern in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood is consistently my favorite. They change their menu with the seasons and last night we happened to stop in for dinner on day 2 of their Late Spring Menu! As always I got the Grilled Octopus Salad as a starter. This broccolini/potato salad with olives has the most delicious grilled and tender pieces of octopus. I have sold numerous dining companions on this salad and they always agree that it’s amazing!
The service at Liberty Tavern is unfailingly fantastic. They have low turn-over so you see familiar faces, and they are always extremely well-educated about the menu. My having a wonderful experience appears to be a serious goal of the entire staff at this vibrant restaurant.
Tonight, however, the entree was the star of the show. The Veal Striploin was perfectly seared and set on a bed of fresh local asparagus, and paired with a Potato/Chevre soufflé. The soufflé alone made me want to find a room where I could be alone with it! The sauce was a frothy “Picatta” sauce with the flavors of preserved lemon, capers, and olives (I’m guessing here). It was a fantastic combination, satisfying yet light. We enjoyed it with an Oregon Pinot Noir, the GC Willamet Valley. The wine was perfect with this meal. It was a medium-bodied, caramelized pinot with lots of fruit but a really mature flavor.
The evening was something of a special occasion as a long-time friend from my past was visiting. I was so proud to be able to show off my bustling neighborhood and this fabulous restaurant. We reminisced and enjoyed a few drinks and the atmosphere made the evening enjoyable from start to finish.
Well done Liberty Tavern! You remain the best dining Clarendon has to offer.