So, I finally got around to trying Mussel Bar & Grille the other day with my girl Melanie aka La Belle Mel. I’ve talked about her a lot on here because she’s one of my blogger besties. We’ve collaborated several times in the past (this was one of my faves) and she even talked me into tackling the nuclear ramen challenge with her for YT. Anywho, I owed her a VERY belated birthday lunch so we met up in Bethesda to shoot and nom.
I used to LOVE fish, especially sushi + rolls, but I stopped eating it a few years ago. I still have it from time to time, but it’s not really my cup of tea anymore – I like eating shrimp and shellfish though. I had heard good things about Mussel Bar & Grille from various people so I was excited. I studied the menu the night before because I’m a nerd like that, but in all seriousness, I get hangry around midnight so I look at foodporn + yelp to live vicariously through others. I contemplated getting a pizza but decided it’d be ridiculous not to get mussels at Mussel Bar, ha.
They offer 6 different preparations: white wine (with roasted garlic, cream, lemon and parsley), spicy thai curry (green curry, coconut milk, peanuts, and cilantro), mushrooms & bacon (applewood bacon, mushroom mix, whit truffle oil, parmesan, and parsley), mediterranean (smoked tomato broth, cream, merguez sausage, goat cheese, cilantro, and harissa aioli), provecal (cherry tomato, basil, capers, and parmesan), and portuguese (roasted red pepper, linguisca sausage, cream, smoked paprika, and cilantro).
Mel got the spicy thai curry, and I got an order of the white wine. There were two sizes available, at least for brunch: $15 for small, $24 for large. The small was PLENTY, especially since we got fries. I got hand cut frites for an extra $1, and she got sweet potato frites for an extra $2. Honestly, the fries were my favorite part. They came with 3 different dipping sauces (awesomesauce, literally) and they were cooked + seasoned to perfection.
Now, I got the white wine preparation because I had read good things about it on yelp, but it was eh. The thai curry, on the other hand, was seriously nomtastic! I’d definitely go back for a serving of that. I’d also love to try the mediterranean preparation as well. FYI, a few of the mussels I got were gritty, but most of them were clean – not gross enough for me to write them off. I mean, it’s seafood so it happens! Pro tip: remember to ask for bread because you’re gonna want to dip that loaf into your sauce.
Now onto my featured OOTD. For my brunch date, I wore a chic but casual ensemble featuring my new knit courtesy of Laila Jayde. If you’re into sophisticated pieces that ooze elegance and class, you’ll definitely want to browse their collection. Their entire line is produced in the USA, and you honestly won’t find better knits anywhere. Their stuff is definitely on the pricier side, but you’re paying for quality that’ll last so think in terms of cost per wear.
I styled my new sweater with Aero skinnies and threw on matching heels from Stitch Fix. I got these shoes back when I was in San Francisco for Stitch Fix’s 3-day influencer event, and they’re still faves of mine. To finish things off, I carried my Schöneberg crossbody bag and accessorized with Trades of Hope’s Yasmine Earrings. These gorgeous baubles are 1.5″ long and are made of brass and freshwater pearls. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I love their jewelry. I’m going be publishing a dedicated feature on them soon so definitely keep an eye out, and in the meantime, check out their site to browse their designs here.
Shot by my girl Melanie Yu aka La Belle Mel.