H Street in D.C. is the current hot spot for restaurants and PBR. About a mile long, this street is home to trendy restaurants including Smith Commons, Sticky Rice and the New England themed The Liberty Tree.
I found reviews saying how the clam rolls and lobster rolls at The Liberty Tree were like the ones they grew up on in Massachusetts. So, who better to bring to this establishment than my parents, who grew up in Massachusetts!?
The place has a cozy vibe with New England posters framed on the walls. It’s a fairly small place with not too much seating, and their bar faces the kitchen.
My family and I started with the lobster corndogs for an appetizer. Other tempting apps’ included the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and fried brussel sprouts. While the dipping sauce for the corndogs was delicious, the corndogs were overcooked and had almost a rubbery texture on the outside. Had they not been overcooked, the flavor would have been good, but still not a standout.
For our entrees, my mom went with the talked about fried clam roll. Here is her review:
“Clams were good but no where near as good as my favorites from JT Farnhams in Essex, Ma. I think they should have been more evenly coated… some parts of the clams didn’t have any coating.”
She didn’t hold anything back!
Other dishes including the pizza and the fried chatham cod sandwich. The consensus at the table was my salmon was the best dish of the night. Go me!
Update: My brother found his brick oven clam pizza to be delicious. Called the Casino, it was topped with baby clams, roasted garlic, bacon, spinach, herb butter & pecorino romano.
The salmon is not on their online menu, but it was grilled salmon on top of a cream spinach apple orzo.
The best part of the night was actually the salads which were dressed perfectly. Another nice fact about this restaurant is that their New England rolls are shipped in and if you can purchase the rolls directly from The Liberty Tree.
The Liberty Tree puts forth a good effort, but sometimes, New England food is best left up to New England.