7th Street Bistro Eat the Rich Gives ‘Em Shell

We’ve covered Derek Brown’s other two restaurants on 7th Street N.W. recently, so it’s only fitting we’d write about Eat the Rich and complete the tripartite.

Named after the Motörhead song, Eat the Rich continues in the Brown vein of niche food, this time offering discerning punters oysters (and other select seafood), classic cocktails and craft beer.

Like at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency, Brown knew enough to call in the experts, this time in the form of “award-winning oysterman Travis Croxton of Rappahannock River Oysters,” the same Croxton who also helps out at Southern Efficiency. And yes, as you might surmise, Eat the Rich features a rock ’n’ roll playlist, so it’s hardly stuffy.

Oysters (USAC of Engineers Norfolk District via Flickr))

A short, sharp shuck: Each of Eat the Rich’s oyster varieties, i.e., Rappahannock (sweet), Stingray (mild) and Olde Salts (briny), is pulled from local waters. (USACE Norfolk District via Flickr)

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Here, they sell oysters by the dozen or one at a time. The price for a single oyster runs from $2 to $2.25; ergo, a dozen will set you back $24-$27. The oyster’s put-upon cousin, the mere clam, can be had for $11 a dozen. You can also get Carolina shrimp by the dozen ($16) and half-dozen ($9), as well as caviar (trout roe or lumpfish) with Route 11 Potato Chips for $20.

Raw creatures of the sea may be their calling card, but the place also offers hot plates, including middleneck clams (with string beans plus basil broth) for $11, grilled albacore tuna (with zucchini, small tomatoes, leafy green pork sausage and olive sauce) for $17 and corn on the cob (on a buttered pretzel roll) for $5. The restaurant also offers sides and sweets. (Editor’s note: Their menu changes quite frequently and will have likely somewhat changed by the time you read this. So keep that in mind and always check the site for updates.) Eat the Rich also offers Sunday brunch.

Eat the Rich
1839 7th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

And if you want to drink the rich while there, they have some snazzy ways to do it. They are purveyors of the oyster shooter, three kinds, which can be had for $4 and $6.

The restaurant also offers a small choice of bubbly, red and white wines ($7-$16 by glass); they even have a magnum of Pierre moncuit grand cru blanc de blanc for $165.

As mentioned, beers and cocktails are crafty and classic. Brews include Penn Quarter Porter ($6), Lost Rhino Face Plant ($6.50) and good ole Natty Boh ($4 for a 16-ouncer).

You can enjoy a southside (gin, lemon, sugar, mint and orange bitters) for $10 or a Hemingway daiquiri (rum, grapefruit and lime with maraschino liqueur) for $11. Patrons can also purchase pitchers of cocktails, which, interestingly, are different from the singles.

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Eat the Rich has an 11 o’clock happy hour, so you should check that out, too. Yelp.com gives the establishment a 4-star rating, which is good. Though by now, you know if this place is for you or not.

The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. It’s a hop, skip and a power chord away from the Shaw-Howard U Metrorail station on the Green/Yellow Line.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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