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High-End Contemporary American @ Salt and Pepper (Macarthur Blvd DC)

  • Apr 5, 2014 · 8:30 PM
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**** Volunteers Needed ! Give back to the group by hosting your own smaller events (dinners, happy hours, brunches, lunches. etc). Join our Event Host program. ****


==> This event is a Members-Only event (No Guests Allowed). Besides, membership is free ;-)

==> NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.

==> RSVP Cancellation Cutoff for this Event is Saturday, 4/5 at 3:30 pm. ( Late Cancel applies after this)


Well, (after some persuasion and encouragement); decided to go off the beaten path and try something I haven't in a long while...other than French… 

FOOD: "Domestic" is the name of the game for Salt & Pepper . Literally everything on the menu is American cuisine, showcasing modern interpretations on classic American dishes.

The Chefs also utilize humanely produced, local and sustainable ingredients as much as possible, with a great deal of produce coming direct from Indian Spring Farm in Great Falls VA.

Chef Auchter says: "Salt & Pepper takes its name and its inspiration from the bare essentials. More specifically, the menu features food that “everyone wants to eat,” for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week… meals are to be “as approachable as diner classics, but done with the pantry and skills of a fine restaurant…”

This means ”classic meatloaf made with Wagyu beef, and cod atop a red, white and blue lobster hash. Chef Lindsey is also particularly fond of the mac and cheese. Desserts are prepared daily and promise to be fun and whimsical—think banana cupcakes one day and strawberry rhubarb pie the next.”

The Auchters have traveled all over the country in search of exceptional wines. The wine list currently features 24 wines by the glass, and at least 30 more bottles that range from $30 to $100 each. Salt & Pepper also has specialty domestic wines that no other local spots carry, including the restaurant's own label from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, winners of the 2011 Washington State Winery of the Year award.

This is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant, with a talented young Chef producing quality food.

==> Check out their Menu at

SPACE: The restaurant is located in the quiet & cozy Palisades neighborhood in DC, about 1 mile northwest of Georgetown.

Formerly the Kemble Park Tavern on tree-lined McArthur Boulevard, the space has a sleek, modern, “whimsical” layout and features  an ample terrace for outdoor seating. The bar looks onto an open kitchen with seating for six. The bar area, or the “cafe,” as Mrs. Auchter prefers to think of it, also features low tables like the main dining room - vibe of the restaurant is “swanky casual.”  



==> Tax/Tip combo is our required 30%  ( see the FAQs for more details)
==> No Guests (have your friends join, it's free!)
==> Limited to 14 slots

See you there!



CLOSEST METRO : Note: This Venue is NOT Metro Accessible ... though there is plenty of metered Street Parking!

--> The local D6 bus runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays (till 2 am and goes right by the restaurant!) and connects with lots of Metro Stations (Dupont, Farragut West, Metro Center, Union Station, & Stadium Armory). This event is very workable for most folks w/o a car. :)

For directions using the Metro, try using the Trip Planner at the WMATA website.


1. Limited to 14 slots.

2. If you RSVP "YES" please make sure you can definitely make it. With 2,800+ members and limited seating, we cannot afford no-shows. It's unfair to the other members who would like to attend and also to the organizers who have to explain to the restaurant why the reserved # of guests didn't show (can damage our reputation). No-Show rules apply.

3. Event already full?, waitlist for the event!. Use the Waitlist option (the Organizer for each event will enable this as needed). Also, check back regularly as attendees have been known to cancel up to Noon the day of the event.

4. Billing (add 30% tax/tip to your bill). Remember, include the required 30% for tip / tax in addition to the food / beverages you order as defined in our FAQs.

5. NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.

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  • Carla

    This was really fun. Food was good. Nice people, good conservation

    April 6, 2014

  • Christine P.

    Great company, interesting and entertaining conversations (ranging from serious headline topics to Bieber-mania), and good food. What a nice way to spend a Saturday evening. Thanks to Jen for organizing the event, to Joe for the helpful tips, the restaurant for being very accommodating (seating all of us in one table and for being ok with separate checks), and to everyone who joined the dinner. Y'all made hosting this event easy-peasy and fun :)

    April 6, 2014

  • Michèle

    Thank you for adding me to tonight's Meetup. Unfortunately, I need to cancel due to a family emergency that has come up. My apologies!

    April 5, 2014

  • maureen

    Im sorry.. Im not feeling well. I hope someone else on the wait list can make it.

    April 5, 2014

  • John

    Sorry, something came up and I had to cancel. See you next time.

    April 4, 2014

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