Boozy milkshakes: that’s the first thing you need to know about the Satellite Room, a bar and diner-y spot with a throwback, 1960s vibe.
The milkshakes, which are made with liquor (whiskey, vodka, gin, etc.), are the draw, but I like the food too – it’s hearty and a lot of it is breakfast served all night. There’s a bit of a California/Tex-Mex vibe too, as about half the menu is Mexican dishes. I’ve enjoyed the pancake stack, huevos rancheros, chorizo & potato hash (the chorizo is tasty) and fried chicken. The tots and burgers look good too (my greedy friend didn’t share last time I was there).
So, the milkshakes. They’re big, for one, and can be a bit strong. The Vincent Vega (named for the Pulp Fiction character, which seems to fit with the funky vibe of the place) with vanilla ice cream and Bulleit bourbon is quite tasty, and I get the Linus Van Pelt, peanut butter and Dickel whiskey from Tennessee, too often. They rotate flavors frequently also.
There’s a nice covered patio too so you can hang outside, even if it’s raining.
The spot is a good one just to go, but is also perfect for pre- or post-concert eats and drinks as the 9:30 Club (check the 9:30 Club article) is next door and it’s a couple blocks from the U Street Music Hall, Velvet Lounge and DC9. It gets hopping on the weekends, too. I’ve certainly begun or ended a few nights there.