It’s a mega shame that Right Proper’s Brookland tasting room doesn’t serve food aside from a few pre-packaged snackies…or maybe not because I’d be at least 100 pounds fatter. For the same reason, it’s probably good that their Shaw brewpub is always packed. At least, I always assume it’s packed. But last Friday night, four of us were actually able to walk in and get a table right away!
I love beer. I particularly love Right Proper’s beers, which are consistently unique as well as tasty. I ordered my go-to from them, the Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne Berlinerweisse. It’s a priceless choice if you like tart and refreshing things. My husband got the Lubitsch Touch, which they call a “pale smoked beer.” This one is not for the faint of heart. I can’t personally recommend this one but you would probably like it if you’re into drinking kielbasa.
We ordered a cheese plate and it took fucking forever to arrive. The server was apologetic; apparently they had had a “growler rush.” But come on. You don’t need a PhD in trigonometry to cut a couple cheeses into triangles. Slap some quince paste on that baby and you’re good to go!
I ordered the grilled salmon niçoise and it was so far beyond what I thought it would be.
The salmon: cooked perfectly medium. The green beans: greasy and garlicky. The baby potatoes: crispy. The tarragon mayo: heavenly. I destroyed this plate. DESTROYED.
My husband and father-in-law share a brain and both got the lamb French dip sandwich. French dip this is not, but fortunately, scrumptious it definitely is. The sauce is so meaty and rich and the sandwich was packed with lamb.
Finally, my MIL got her third most favorite food (after bread and cheese): fried chicken. This sandwich was absolutely delicious too. The chicken was spiced with what I think is Old Bay, maybe? This was the epitome of the best foods being the simplest foods.
We ordered another great beer: the sherry cask-aged Le Flaneur. Once again, I couldn’t be happier with their creativity. Best brewery in the city. Fight me.
Price: $30 per person.
Bottom line: even though we waited a really really long time for Right Proper to cut the cheese (tee hee!), in the end it was all worth it. No complaints at all.