There is a lot to take in at Pen & Quill, from the cozy lounge area with upholstered couches and ottomans to the crescent-shaped banquettes in the dining room; the long bar with its chalkboard offering of oysters and the second dining room decked out in warm teals and reds and kilim rugs; the diverse crowd of diners in gray hair or dark beards, Under Armour casual or floral dresses with bare legs and cowboy boots. There are clever desserts such as dark and milk chocolate cremosa ($11), two perfect squares of creamy dark and milk chocolate served with toasted marshmallows and a wicked nut brittle, and a sly take on a ginger and bourbon highball made with ginger beer and bourbon ice cream ($9). And don't overlook Pen & Quill's smart and affordable wine list. Mostly Old World choices, more than half the bottles are less than $50, including some interesting varietals such as Schiava, Blaufränkisch, and a dry sparkling Lambrusco (there are also familiar comforts like chardonnay and pinot noir). Beer selections are similarly satisfying, with the majority of drafts hailing from Maryland and Washington, D.C.