Last Friday I met a group of female business colleagues for dinner at St. Anselm. I adore exploring different parts of DC and seeing people go out and enjoy this fabulous city!

I have lived in Washington, DC many years on and off and the city has been transformed with new innovative dining venues and revitalized neighborhoods. I love to see a city be infused with new energy.

St. Anselm is in North East Washington, DC right near Union Market which is a gourmet food hall that has been totally transformed. The area around St. Anselm is all warehouses and feels industrial, raw but has retained its neighborhood feel with the adjacent tree lined streets and row houses.

St. Anselm, under the direction of Chef Meek-Bradley, is an authentic American Tavern serving grilled meats and fish, burgers, delicious sides and biscuits with house made pimento cheese.

We started with an asparagus and corn salad and then a cucumber salad followed with a large plate of Biscuits. The Biscuits are so good that I was full before our entrees arrived. We had fish, steaks and an assortment of sides such as mashed, potatoes, creamed spinach and roasted cauliflower.

I would share an entree the next time as the portions are large and very filling. The ambience is very comforting with booth, bar seating and tables overlooking the open-air kitchen.

The service is very friendly, and it is a great place to get together with colleagues and friends to sip some libations and savor some freshly prepared food.