Bonfire DC - Fire, Fun, and Fabulous!
The folks behind one of my neighborhood favorites Provision 14 and The Prospect opened Bonfire restaurant in the Dupont circle neighborhood a couple of months ago. My recent visit to Bonfire proved to a fun affair with the entire experience showcasing food and drinks that were not just delicious, but original and interesting.
The interior of the restaurant is eye catching starting from the enclosed patio, the long bar downstairs with high-top tables, lots of wooden paneling, a separate bar and a dining area on the second floor. A rooftop with fire pits and a bar is coming later this summer, which I’m obviously very excited about! Elements of the fire theme are noticed all through the space, but not in an over the top kitschy way.
On to the drinks. There is a wide range of cocktails, but your focus should be on the smoked cocktails. Specifically, the “Killin me Smalls” wih chocolate infused mezcal, tequila, sugarcane bitters and a good dose of Maplewood smoke. Oh, and the roasted marshmallow garnish is everything. Especially if you like to Instagram your drink ;) Barman Chad Spangler uses a blow torch to smoke each cocktail. Even if you are not into the smoky taste, there is a good selection of other cocktails and wine.
Pro Tip: The Happiest Hour at Bonfire goes from 5-8pm with deals on beer, wine, cocktails, and bar snacks.
I love a good Mac n Cheese, and Bonfire’s skillet mac with truffle cheddar and smoked gouda is decadently delicious and was spectacular. The Hong Kong waffle with duck confit, duck fat butter, and maple hot sauce is another indulgent plate and my little bite left me wanting more! I’ll be getting my own plate next time!
There is also a full menu of other items including salads, snacks, (I want the short rib tater tots!), and sandwiches. Most menu items have an interesting twist on something traditional and while the food definitely leans on the heavier side, I found them worth every calorie.
And then come the S’mores. I don’t even know where to begin. Although I didn’t grow up eating this standard campfire food, I’m pretty sure whatever you have had does not even come close to Bonfire’s house made versions! Pastry Chef Ellen makes the crackers and the marshmallow in house and has some fantastic combinations! While even the Classic version is the best I’ve had, my other favorites were the toasted coconut, and the espresso.
I also had my eye on the campfire skillet with hazelnut chocolate and marshmallow, which is as beautiful as it is delicious! A great dessert to share. Or not.
All in all, while I think most “themed” restaurants can’t really pull it off without over doing it, Bonfire has really managed to showcase the convivial spirit of a bonfire, without being over the top - the creative and fun food and drink menus support the theme in a subtle and classy way. And the S’mores literally are everything.
More information, menus, are available on their website HERE.