But, Carmine's you get my first impression rose. On a whim, I popped in to the bar for lunch this afternoon planning on getting a salad. Once thing Carmine's doesn't do is anything in moderation. They have great lunch specials. For $9.00 I got a Eggplant Hero larger than my head and a hefty portion of Caesar salad (you can also get mixed greens.) Bring a friend to split your meal or divide that price by two, because there is no way anyone should be able to finish this in one sitting.
This looks way smaller in the photo than it did on the plate.
Intrigued, I started eavesdropping. My neighbors were raving about their meals, packaging huge to-go cartons and saying they heard Elena Kagan was visiting Carmine's already.
I started chatting up the bartenders (shocking. I wasn't appointed VP of Bartender Relations amongst my friends for nothing) and snagged the happy hour specials for you. They are definitely aiming to bring folks in and expand their happy hour, but here's what they are starting with.... from 4-7pm, you can select from:
- $4 Peroni drafts
- $5 Big Berry Cosmo (frozen cosmos... I might have to bring those back even though SATC jumped the shark.)
- $5 house wines (daily special red and white)
- $5 specialty cocktails - two per day & one is usually a Champagne cocktail
NOTE: Carmines' is also doing Restaurant Week lunch and dinner. Get menus & reservations on OpenTable.com. Definitely come in a group, this is HUGE portions, meant to share as if you were at an Italian wedding. Carmine's is located at 425 7th Street in between E & F NW. It's close to Penn Quarter/Gallery place and Archives/Navy Memorial metro lines.