Sometimes we judge places by "anchor stores"—like Macy's or Bloomingdale's—and sometimes we have ship-like restaurants that act as anchors for our well being. The Argonaut from the East for H Street [Live!] works. We'll have to talk about the West another time.
As one of the first and longest running restaurant establishments for wannabes on H, the Argonaut holds a beacon for all who enter the corridor. We went on a kids-night Wednesday and had more fun than Chuck E Cheeses! [sorry Chuck]. The place caters a bit more to the sophisticano-istas—parents and friends of parents and people who aren't parents yet all with a palette for fresh food—carefully crafted—and beers! You know, the trendy draughts, ales, IPAs, and so on—they have something for everyone and a full bar. Who gets distracted by a few kids, some balloons, and a whoopsie doopsie here and there? [not sure what that would be exactly but you get the point]
We had the Steamer Combo (see photo below), Fish Tacos, and started with Nachos—all superb. We were spoiled by our looks-like-he-works-on-a-ship server who kept us in good beer, light conversation, and even took our picture. Maybe he was a pro from kids night. Doesn't matter. We absolutely loved our experience and the ambiance even without having kids of our own.
The Argonaut—as H Street's primo anchor—rocks!!!