This summer’s hottest restaurant: Bonfire

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Dana Pilotti.

Guests can experience campfire-coziness without leaving the District at Bonfire on 1132 19th St. NW starting May 4, the Washingtonian reported Monday.

The restaurant, formerly known as Famous Luigi’s, sticks close to its fiery theme with its charred-wood designs on the walls, bartenders who carry blowtorches and even a rooftop bar with fire pits in the summer.

Bonfire has a glass-enclosed fireplace, lounge area and an enclosed patio along with upstairs and downstairs bars. The brick walls are decorated with repurposed fire extinguishers that act as light fixtures, a fire escape mural leading to the second floor and oil canister decorations wrapped in flannel.

But the hottest part of Bonfire is undoubtedly their menu of “cocktails from the hearth” – aged spirits in cocktails that bartenders set on fire and smoke out before serving. This way, the distinct flavor of the wood will be more developed in the drink.

Smoky highlights from the menu include wild mushroom pierogies made with smoked onion and cheddar ($11) and the duck waffle, a spin on chicken and waffles made with duck fat butter and served with maple hot sauce ($20).

For dessert, try a campfire skillet ($8) made with dark chocolate, fruit or any variety of  s’mores dishes. With flavors like peanut butter and banana, blueberry lemon and toasted coconut, the s’mores menu offers enough unique flavors that appeal to a variety of taste buds.

If you like your s’mores drinkable, Bonfire also offers a special dessert called the “You’re Killing Me Smalls” – a $12 liquid tequila s’more made with cocoa shells and toasted marshmallow.

Co-owner Mike Bramson was inspired to create a restaurant around fire after the celebratory beach bonfire at his Jamaican wedding, he told the Washingtonian.

Bonfire. 1132 19th St., NW. Open daily 11 am to midnight.

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