American Food

Mount Vernon: Topside

In April, The Hotel Revival opened in Mount Vernon and along with it, a top floor restaurant called Topside that has beautiful views of the monument and the rest of the surrounding area.

I had a chance to pop in for dinner shortly after the opening and I seriously am in love with the space. I know this will become one of my new hangouts.



The bar program is run by Chelsea Gregorie whose cocktails I’ve admired for a while now. So of course I needed to order a drink. I went with the Shrubs n’ Roses -it was light and refreshing, totally going to be my summer go-to drink.


Shrubs n’ Roses

My girlfriend ordered the Two Dope Georgez (In A Sour Riff). I don’t care for brown liqueur, but she loved this. And fun fact, all of the garnishes they use at Topside are 100% edible!


Two Dope Georgez (In A Sour Riff)

I was totally in an oyster mood, so we started with 1/2 dozen oysters that we happily slurped down.


1/2 Dozen Oysters

We also split an order of the Chicken Wings. They had a sweet jalapeno-cilantro-peanut sauce and I was super into the flavor. It was lightly spicy with some Indian notes, I could eat this sauce all day. I do wish the chicken wings had a little bit more meat on them though.


Chicken Wings

The last appetizer we shared was probably my favorite, the Indian “Butter” Cauliflower. The cauliflower was fork tender and served on top of the most flavorful Indian butter sauce. We were both practically licking the plate clean.


Indian “Butter” Cauliflower

We decided to share an entree and went with the Smoked Short Rib based on a tip from a friend. This did not disappoint. It was also fork tender and seriously in the most delicious sauce. But the standout here was the beef chicharron on top. It was salty, and crispy, and something I need more of in my life.


Smoked Short Rib

Lastly, we placed an order of Churros for dessert. While the mole ganache was next level delicious (seriously, I want to put that on everything) the churro was a little bit undercooked and soft in the center. Don’t get me wrong, it was still delicious. But I wish it was slightly crispier like a traditional churro.



Topside is located at 612 Cathedral St, in Mount Vernon.

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While this meal was paid for by Topside, all views stated here are my own.


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