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Oct 17, 2006 06:51 PM

Any responses to Sietsma's Dining Guide?

So, I am new to the restaurant scene in Washington, and I don't get out much, so when I do go out I prefer to choose a place that is well-regarded. Tom Sietsma's Dining Guide in the Washington Post Magazine last week (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/...) makes a lot of places sound great, but I have seen some of those places taken down a notch by commenters here. What is the overall take from local Chowhounds on the Dining Guide, and on Sietsma's reliability?

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      1. He did. Several years ago he dropped the Inn to three stars - it may have been in the first dining guide that used the star system. He raised it back up to four stars based on a re-evaluation and I think it is justified.

        It may not be everyone's cup of tea and it might not be on the cutting edge anymore, but I'm not sure that there are any 3 or 3 and a half stars that meet the criteria of a four star any better than the Inn.

        1. If any restaurant should be taken down from 4 stars, it should Citronelle instead of the Inn.

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            1. re: food dude

              I agree about Citronelle. I went there earlier this year and was not impressed. The food was good, but not "wow". For that kind of money I expect "wow". I was quite disappointed.

            2. Please feel free to discuss the restaurants mentioned in the Dining Guide, but for a discussion of Sietsma's reliability, please start a new thread on the Food Media & News board. This helps us keep this board focused squarely on finding great chow in the DC/Baltimore area. Thanks.