The DMV has been pretty snowed in since the weekend, no school Monday & Tuesday meant I could get out and enjoy a nice Restaurant Week lunch! Restaurant Week in the D.C. area means a 3-course lunch ($22) or dinner ($35) at participating restaurants. I’ve had my eye on Spanish eatery SER in Arlington, Ballston to be exact, so I figured it would be the perfect spot to sit, get some lunch, and get some work done on report cards.
SER stands for simple, easy, and real, & it’s a Spanish tavern, not a tapas restaurant. I love the relaxed & modern vibe of SER, mixed with their non-stuffy seriousness of the menu, offering “a gastronomical journey and cultural adventure”. Did that description even make sense? In my mind it did…& either way, it’s a compliment for sure.
Seeing that most people decided to stay off the roads, which were pretty clear honestly, it was just me and a few others in SER for lunch. I took a seat at the bar, pulled out my laptop, and ordered a white sangria. It was delish, & how cute is that little bottle?!
For my appetizer I ordered the Crema de purrusalda con picatostes, which was a leek & potato creamed soup with croutons. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be served at the temperature of a soup, it was more warm than hot. Regardless, it was smooth, had balanced flavors, and the croutons were great.
For my second course I ordered the Buey con papas “arrugas”, a grilled hanger steak with Canarian potatoes and spicy pepper sauce. Oh mah gawd, this was amazing- not to mention it was the perfect sized portion. The spicy pepper sauce was so yum with a bold flavor that added greatness to the already tender and flavorful steak. The added tomatoes and onions on top sealed the deal with a fresh flavor.
Lastly, for dessert I chose the Tarta de queso fresco, which is a Spanish cheesecake, and it was served with a berry compote. I don’t think I’ve ever had Spanish cheesecake before, it was an interesting texture, the berry compote and cinnamon on the edges was a great compliment to its flavors.
If you’re looking for a place to try this Restaurant Week, definitely head over to SER in Ballston. The vibe is perfect for young professionals and the food was outstanding. So glad I stopped by!