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that's a real loss for dc, or at least it would have been before 2006. when left I thought it was one of the best places in the city. the only new place I've been to is little serrow so I don't have a sense of how it compared to the competition in 2014.

 

I must have had forty meals there over the years, and despite all it's charms there were only two or three times that weren't marred by a bad dish or absurdly long waits for food. I also thought that the room, especially in the back, didn't really look right and the wine list wasn't that great. (although I guess I wouldn't know.)

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I've done a fair amount of eating in DC (and drinking...disappointedly...except for one decent cocktail bar in Old Town Alexandria) over the years but I'm now moving to the area in the next couple mon

I ate there a few years ago. I remember thinking it was just okay. Maybe it's different now--I remember some sort of inside-out meatball app. But he might like it.

Restaurant Nora was disappointing. As was an Italian place on Connecticut, just above the zoo.

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Barcelona -- part of the profusion of newer 14th street restaurants...this has arguably been the hottest place in DC for sometime.

 

tapas menu with a mixture of very accessible items and fashionable stuff like crispy pig ears and fiddlehead ferns a la plancha (boring but saved by the accompanying mess of mushrooms) -- check

tableside jamon carving -- check

girls night out place -- check

Eurotrash -- check

both hipster and lounge music track -- check

art-celeb portrait photos on the walls -- check

extensive beers in cans list to go along with house cocktails and an ok wine list -- check

some people better dressed than normal for DC (which is as fashionable a city as Milwaukee -- I mean DC is really really bad when it comes to clothes) -- check

competent service -- check

openish kitchen -- check

 

oh the actual food? pretty good...not superlative but good enough really. not quite as good as Estadio but the prices are gentler...

 

the place is very very calculated...and if I were dumb enough to invest in a restaurant I would hope I'd at least be smart enough to invest in something like this. they're turning tables like crazy. and the food is probably better than it needs to be. it's basically Stanton Social when it was hot (different genre of food of course). but boy is it calculated/focus-grouped to the nth degree....

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Barcelona -- part of the profusion of newer 14th street restaurants...this has arguably been the hottest place in DC for sometime.

It's so hot, it makes the Balthazar ripoff place (the name of which I forget) Le Diplomate have room. At least it did when we walked by 2 weeks ago, after dinner at Estadio. 14th Street is most likely what's killing off Cleveland Park.

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Btw, very poor meal at Graffiato this weekend....a shame, I had liked it before.

Interesting. Our last meal at Kapnos a few months ago, I said to Sig Eater - "I think he's opening too many places too quickly." It was nowhere near as good or exciting as our first meal there. Now this, with Graf, leads me to believe Top Cheffer should be paying more attention to what's coming out of his kitchens. Shame, indeed.

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A friend from Japan is visiting. She's got a pretty nice itinerary that includes good options for finding decent crab dishes like the Eastern Market and Annapolis. Still, she's asked if we can find a place that has crab on the menu for dinner out on Sunday. We'll be driving her around D.C. neighborhoods and will walk around in Georgetown and it's fine if we need to drive to another D.C. neighborhood for dinner. If soft shells are in season, that'd be a nice treat for her to try.

 

I am allergic to shellfish, but I can eat fish. I'm not up for taking her for steamed crabs. I think that situation would not be easy for me to remain safe.

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Where in D.C. is the best place for ribs and/or other good soul foods? My friend tried deep fried chicken last night, so I think we can skip over chicken and waffles.

 

eta: We've decided on Rocklands since she loved seeing a glimpse of Georgetown, so maybe there's a good place to go after for a view of the canal and maybe dessert or a drinky.

 

I'm still always on the lookout for good ribs.

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