Masa 14: Where Flavors Gayly Collide
Because this world is filled with one too many closeted Republicans who hate the gays, despite wanting them ALL THE TIME, and because today is Gay Wedding Day here in DC, it's only appropriate that we celebrate gayness in all its forms. So we focus on Logan Circle, a gayborhood that’s still gay despite mass infiltration by straight folk who flock there because produce is just better wherever the gays are (a fact of gentrification). Logan Circle, with its Whole Foods and fancy yoga shops, is home to super trendy restaurant Masa 14, a Latin-Asian fusion small plates restaurant, where the food is great, the gays and straights mingle, and everyone wins because it has a 65-foot-long bar.
Masa 14 may be a small plates restaurant, but, we swear, you can get enough food for not a ton of money. Plus the atmosphere is very fun and modern without being overly ridiculous.
The menu is divided between cold food (including sushi and salads) and hot food (including flatbreads, meats, seafood, noodles, rice, and vegetables). We will now take you on a journey though the hot food section of the Masa 14 menu.
When you call a pizza a flatbread, it no longer qualifies as Italian food, it's now Latin/Asian fusion food! This is the Thai Chicken Flatbread and it's made with hoisin peanut sauce, red onions, cilantro, carrots, and everyone's favorite, bean sprouts. It's large, feeds at least four people, and only costs $8. Another delicious option is the Wild Mushroom Flatbread which is made with Oaxaca cheese, red peppers, and avocado. Masa 14: gay, straight, and vegetarian friendly!
Our journey now takes us to the seafood portion of the hot foods menu. Behold: the crispy crab won ton rolls. Only $9 for four good size rolls filled with crab, cream cheese, mushrooms and spicy ponzu sauce.
What would a Latin/Asian fusion restaurant be without ... noodles! Look at these yummy noodles and the scary looking prawn on top:
Such is our journey though the hot food items at Masa 14, but two more important things remain: dessert and the happy hour. Below is the mango panna cotta. Not only does it taste good, but it also comes with a fancy fruit roll-up type thing.
The happy hour is what we call a great deal: from 5PM-7PM, Monday through Friday, select appetizers including the steamed mussels and tuna hand roll, and select drinks, including their famous strawberry lemonade, are only $4.
Anything else? Right, it’s got a 65-foot-long bar, a kitchen that stays open late, and a calm, adult atmosphere that's a nice break from the smaller, louder, places on 14th Street.