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Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

Takoma Park? I don't know where you are thinking of, but Takoma Park is a beautiful little town full of Arts & Crafts bungalows & old Victorian houses. I've lived here for several years. Maybe you are thinking of Langley Park?

 

I wish I had looked at this thread earlier, balex. I would have steered you to Fishnet in College Park. The owner Ferhat Yalcin is a friend. He worked for Tom Power, whose restaurant Corduroy is always on my list.

 

In Cleveland Park I like Dino (Dean Gold is a friend & a good guy) and Palena Cafe. I tend to avoid the Penn Quarter area except for Proof - the wine director Sebastian Zutant has a terrific palate and the bar manager Adam Bernbach is very talented. Same owner as Estadio.

 

I don't think of DC as a barbecue town. Rocklands is OK. Urban BBQ is slightly better, but I wouldn't go out of my way for either place. Don't get me started on the pizza here.

 

The donrockwell.com board is useful, but there are many sacred cows there and the owner has shifted the focus has shifted from objective accounts to a mutual backscratching between board members and the restaurant community. Take the posts with a grain of salt. I don't participate there anymore.

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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.

Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

Takoma Park? I don't know where you are thinking of, but Takoma Park is a beautiful little town full of Arts & Crafts bungalows & old Victorian houses. I've lived here for several years.

 

I wish I had looked at this thread earlier, balex. I would have steered you to Fishnet in College Park. The owner Ferhat Yalcin is a great guy. He worked for Tom Power, whose restaurant Corduroy is always on my list.

 

 

Thanks Heather; I am going back in September so it is not too late.

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Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

Takoma Park? I don't know where you are thinking of, but Takoma Park is a beautiful little town full of Arts & Crafts bungalows & old Victorian houses. I've lived here for several years. Maybe you are thinking of Langley Park?

 

The donrockwell.com board is useful, but there are many sacred cows there and the owner has shifted the focus has shifted from objective accounts to a mutual backscratching between board members and the restaurant community. Take the posts with a grain of salt. I don't participate there anymore.

I guess I've only seen Takoma Park from New Hampshire Avenue either from or to the beltway. From there it ain't that nice. I do love the La Preferida truck at the corner of NH and Ethan Allen and when I can, l'll have to give Takoma Park more time.

 

I don't understand your comment that because you don't participate on dr anymore we should all just take everything there with a grain of salt? I guess you could say that about every food board, no?

 

And I think it's sort of funny that you mention mutual backscratching while at the same time posting about two restaurants (one of which I happen to like) whose owners you are friends with.

 

 

 

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Glad you liked 2 Amy's. It's consistency is, shall we say, inconsistent, but when on it's very good. And their charcuterie plates are fine as well. Perhaps I'm too tough on them.

 

As I said upthread, some very good cocktail options are now around.

 

College Park - making Tacoma Park look nice.

Takoma Park? I don't know where you are thinking of, but Takoma Park is a beautiful little town full of Arts & Crafts bungalows & old Victorian houses. I've lived here for several years. Maybe you are thinking of Langley Park?

 

The donrockwell.com board is useful, but there are many sacred cows there and the owner has shifted the focus has shifted from objective accounts to a mutual backscratching between board members and the restaurant community. Take the posts with a grain of salt. I don't participate there anymore.

I guess I've only seen Takoma Park from New Hampshire Avenue either from or to the beltway. From there it ain't that nice. I do love the La Preferida truck at the corner of NH and Ethan Allen and when I can, l'll have to give Takoma Park more time.

 

I don't understand your comment that because you don't participate on dr anymore we should all just take everything there with a grain of salt? I guess you could say that about every food board, no?

 

And I think it's sort of funny that you mention mutual backscratching while at the same time posting about two restaurants (one of which I happen to like) whose owners you are friends with.

If the food wasn't good, I wouldn't hesitate to say so. I am friendly with the two owners, but never ask for and do not receive any favors or comps from them. The explicit "mention this board & you'll get special treatment" thing is what I was talking about, and it's a shift from the prior focus. You can look up my posts on donrockwell.com if you are curious about whether I am fair or not. I think I'm still #2 on the board in number of posts, behind Don.

 

New Hampshire Avenue is the southeastern border of Takoma Park and not a particularly great area, although it does have one of the better pho shops and a pretty good vegetarian Indian restaurant.

 

Steve R. & I have dined together, and he would probably vouch for me as a straight shooter. :)

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On to drinks:

PS7's has a good reputation for cocktails, but I haven't been since Gina Chersevani left.

I adore the Passenger, but it gets insanely loud. Owner Tom Brown makes outstanding drinks.

Proof & Estadio are overseen by Adam Bernbach, who I have been following for many years, and wrote about a couple of times for our City Paper. Very creative.

PX is a fun, swanky place with great drinks, but I almost never drive across the river for cocktails.

Dan Searing's little Room 11 is nice if you're in the Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant area.

Derek Brown's wife, the lovely Chantal Tseng, is in charge of cocktails at Tabard Inn. She is there on Wednesdays

 

This list is worth perusing.

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PX was pretty good but it's certainly not at the top echelon of cocktail bars. Is there anything in DC that's significantly better?

I like Gina a lot - her cocktails tended towards the sweeter end of the spectrum.

 

 

The Gibson.

 

If Adam is making your cocktails at either one of the aforementioned places, you'll get a proper drink. Otherwise, ymmv.

 

If you can get Caleb to make you a drink at Bourbon or the Jack Rose, you'll also get a great cocktail.

 

And seriously, they make good drinks at the bar at Dino. You'll also get to taste some nice house made infusions there.

 

And I've had one or two nice drinks at Central, though I haven't been in quite some time.

 

 

 

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PX was pretty good but it's certainly not at the top echelon of cocktail bars. Is there anything in DC that's significantly better?

It's fun, but Todd Thrasher's drinks are not fabulous enough to get me to drive across the river. I like Tom Brown's skills at Passenger, but it's not a dressy place. I've only been to the Columbia Room once, but liked what I had. What I would most like to see sitting in front of me right now is one of the "slushitos," or the Old Raj & housemade tonic at Estadio.

 

If you like gin, New Heights has an amazing selection, but I can't vouch for the bartenders right now.

 

Society Fair in Alexandria isn't a cocktail bar, but the wine director is John Wabeck, a chef/sommelier with an excellent palate & depth of knowledge. I'm heading over there this weekend and would be happy to report back.

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Thanks for the comments about Takoma Park Heather! I was reluctant to say something because ok fine if they don't like Arts and Crafts and Victorian architecture in leafy surroundings with shady gardens full of azaleas and tulips . . . but I like it!

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Thanks for the comments about Takoma Park Heather! I was reluctant to say something because ok fine if they don't like Arts and Crafts and Victorian architecture in leafy surroundings with shady gardens full of azaleas and tulips . . . but I like it!

 

Actually I went to a party at a house in College Park down a quiet leafy road and it looked really idyllic, with lovely spacious houses and shady gardens etc ... The problem was when you left the nice middle class enclave ...

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Thanks for the comments about Takoma Park Heather! I was reluctant to say something because ok fine if they don't like Arts and Crafts and Victorian architecture in leafy surroundings with shady gardens full of azaleas and tulips . . . but I like it!

 

Actually I went to a party at a house in College Park down a quiet leafy road and it looked really idyllic, with lovely spacious houses and shady gardens etc ... The problem was when you left the nice middle class enclave ...

College Park and Langley Park are in Prince George's County. Takoma Park is in the much more upscale Montgomery County. Better county services, schools, etc. Much less crime, too.

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Thanks for the comments about Takoma Park Heather! I was reluctant to say something because ok fine if they don't like Arts and Crafts and Victorian architecture in leafy surroundings with shady gardens full of azaleas and tulips . . . but I like it!

 

Actually I went to a party at a house in College Park down a quiet leafy road and it looked really idyllic, with lovely spacious houses and shady gardens etc ... The problem was when you left the nice middle class enclave ...

 

University Park? That's a lovely neighborhood just south of the campus with nice custom-built homes, lots of oaks, quiet streets. My OH grew up in that nabe and his mother and sister still live there.

 

It takes a while to get to know the boundaries of neighborhoods here which are not always very obvious, but Univ. Pk is an incorporated town, I believe, so we can give them a name. Sometimes, we are told 'this is in N. Bethesda and to us, it's Rockville. We don't even try to make it simple for visitors!

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