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Feb 23, 2002 01:18 PM

Colvin Run Tavern -- or other places near Wolf Trap?

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Has anyone been to Bob Kinkead's "newish" place in Tyson's corner? The Post gave it a good review, but follow ups on the Post's web site have been largely negative (way overpriced, mainly, with inept service). We're headed (from DC) to the Barns at Wolf Trap next Saturday and are looking for a good place to eat. We have long been big fans of Kinkead's on Penn. Ave. but don't want to throw our $$ away. Any and all suggestions welcomed (but, please, no steak)! Greg

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  1. That's really interesting about the Post's website. I haven't read those comments but I have seen the reviews in both the Post and Washingtonian which were very positive. On here I posted two weeks after it opened that my wife and I were disappointed for a variety of reasons. But I assumed this was only because the restaurant was new and needed time. We plan to return in several weeks but it will need to have improved quite a bit to satisfy us.
    I have to admit that although I have thoroughly enjoyed the food at Kinkead's since it has been open for the last four or five years I've felt this was the most rude, arrogant, inflexible restaurant that I've ever encountered. Reservations for a Friday or Saturday at 6:00 or 9:30 with little flexibility. No guarantee for a round or oval table even two months in advance. Trying to force customers on a weeknight even in August into one of the two time slots. And so forth. I understand such rigidity and need for two turnovers in a small restaurant like Obelisk which has 36 or so seats. But Kinkead's has approximately 150 to 175 seats and the tab climbs now, with moderate wine, to $175 to $200.
    I should also mention that I drove by the new Seven on Route 7 in Tysons tonight. It's open.