Named partly after the eponymous Steve McQueen film and partly just because the place feels like a much-needed getaway from regular DC life, this two-story restaurant/bar has quickly become a Columbia Heights favorite.Escaping the city while not actually leaving the city isn't that hard, especially in Columbia Heights. Option 1 is to head to the giant suburban mall in the middle of the neighborhood to buy a salad spinner you'll never use from Bed, Bath & Beyond. The other option—my preferred option—is to head to The Getaway. Named partly after the eponymous Steve McQueen film and partly just because the place feels like a much-needed getaway from regular DC life, this two-story restaurant/bar has quickly become a Columbia Heights favorite. It helps that there's enough comfy outdoor space to host you and 79 of your neighbors, including owner Jeremy Mintz, who lives just a few blocks away. "I wanted to create a laid-back vibe," he told me while we sat on the leather couches on the top floor. Full success. Well, unless you're the chef. In that case, you're working your proverbial tail off. The food here is good, from the Goat Cheese + Rosemary Dumplings and the Lomo Saltado to what's possibly the best veggie-friendly item in DC—the Quinoa + Black Bean Burger. And don't miss the sweet potato fries. I'm not sure how the chef seasons 'em (smack?), but whatever he's doing has got me hooked.
Goat Cheese + Rosemary Dumplings, $8
Lomo Saltado, $17
Quinoa + Black Bean Burger, $10
Seven Cheese Mac-n-Cheese, $11
Red Velvet Skyscraper, $7
Craft Cocktails, $8
Sunday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday - Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.