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Top Restaurants To Try in 2007 - Washington D.C. area

I'm always looking for new restaurant ideas - list your top five restaurants that you are looking forward to trying in the new year! As in the Top Restaurants of 2006 post, I'll tally up the winners a week into the New Year!

My top 5 (in no particular order):
1. Bebo
2. Blue Duck Tavern
3. PS-7
4. Komi
5. Eamonn's (Alexandria, VA)

Cheers!

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  1. (order unspecified):

    Rasika
    Ray's the Classics
    Obelisk
    Maestro
    Palena

    1. Places I haven't been that I mean to try in 2007:

      The Inn at Little Washington
      Ray's the Classics
      Montsouris
      Restaurant Kolumbia
      PS-7

      1. Komi
        Bistro D'Oc
        Joe's Noodle House
        Rasika
        Tabard Inn

        1. BLT
          D'Acqua
          Central
          La Pata Negra
          Mendocina
          Saravana

          1. Places I've not been to and want to try:

            Komi
            Restaurant Eve Tasting Room
            Ray's the Classics
            CityZen

            Places I will be sure to go back to in 2007

            Maestro
            Palena
            Citronelle
            Circle Bistro
            Joss

            Places I go to regularly and will continue to do so

            Dino
            Corduroy
            Bombay Bistro

            4 Replies
            1. re: dinwiddie

              Dinwiddie,

              I was at all four of your 2007 "get-tos" in the past 4-5 months. I've followed your posts for years and will be very curious to hear your opinion. Each has its positives and negatives. As a tease, I was most surprised on the upside by the food at Komi and the setting/experience/service at Eve Tasting Room. I was most disappointed by CityZen. And I just don't "get" Rays.

              Two questions. 1) What can you tell me about Joss? 2) What are some of your favorites at Bombay Bistro? (I'm a Rockville guy too, but closer to White Flint/Georgetown Prep)

              1. re: Pappy

                My wife and I discovered Joss many years ago back when the King of Fance Tavern was a regular stop for Charlie Byrd and the Great Guitars or Stef Scagari. One day we stopped in and were told that it would be a while until a table opened, but why didn't we go up the street to have a drink and they would come get us when our table was ready. We did and they did. I was much impressed. As for the food, we love it. My wife especially likes the spicy scallop rolls while I tended to stick to seeing what was special that day. I was n never disappointed. We do not make it there as much as we would like (it is a bit of a drive to go to a show) but do try to get there a couple of times a year.

                I love Bombay Bistro. The Mussels a la Bistro are a must. Even my wife who hates mussels, makes sure we order them (my son and I love them) just so she can get some of the sauce. The tandoori dishs are their strengths, I love the whole Maryland rockfish tandoori. Anything that they make "masala" is a definite try, especially the seafood. Get a small bread basket and the dal, you won't be disappointed.

                1. re: dinwiddie

                  On the BB front, I like the salmon tandoori (quite a bit). I've never had the rockfish tandoori, will have to give that a try. In general, I agree with dinwiddie that the seafood is good (not something I typically expect from your basic N. Indian restaurant).

                  I will say that I find their veggie dishes to be uneven. I think the saag paneer is only ok, and the peas and cheese (muttar panneer?) is terrible, full stop. I think the bengan bartha is generally good, better when you ask for it to be made spicy. I think their breads are delicious and I love the dal makhani.

                  Let us know what you think if you try it, Pappy.

                  1. re: Smokey

                    I might agree with you about the vegs. but I never order them since I can't get past the stuff I love. They make sure you have a huge meal however with the rice and vegs that come on the plate. Personally, I think that their strenght is their tandoori

            2. Pesce
              Obelisk
              Citronelle
              Central
              1789

              Looking forward to returning again and again:
              Komi
              Maestro
              Tasting Room
              Ray's (both)
              A&J - Rockville
              CityZen Lounge
              Eamonn's and PX (or PX and Eamonn's)

              Joss is utterly not worth a drive from MoCo! It's just a noisy, crowded, amateurish place on the tourist strip of Main St. in Annapolis. Sushi-ko is so close and vastly superior.

              1. In no particular order:

                Central
                Komi
                Rays the Classics
                Farrah Olivia
                Dino

                1. In no particular order:

                  Corduroy
                  Del Merei
                  Komi
                  Ceiba
                  Blue Duck Tavern

                  I'll add on a bar too: PX ;-)

                  1. Eve
                    Komi
                    City Zen
                    Thats enough, as I'll be broke by then...

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                    1. re: deangold

                      Sell off some of your Monte Bello. BTW, at my nephew's request, we are dining at your place on Saturday the 13th for RW. I know RW is not the best time to go, but they are coming from Richmond just because he liked it so much last year. See you then. I'll want some recommendations for what do drink with dinner.

                    2. Blue Duck Tavern
                      CityZen
                      Bebo
                      Farrah Olivia
                      Sonoma

                      1. No special order:
                        Zaytinya - a regular stop, always good to excellent
                        Palena - been once, superb
                        D'Acqua - been once, early in its life; still teething but shows real promise
                        Obelisk - every other year or so, never gets old
                        Citronelle - done the chef's table a couple of times, wish we could afford to do it regularly - beats the cost of the opera