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

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bluehawaii218 Dec 28, 2006 10:57 PM

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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    worms2u Jan 30, 2007 06:41 PM

    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

    1. debit Jan 4, 2007 08:07 PM

      Blue Duck Tavern
      CityZen
      Bebo
      Farrah Olivia
      Sonoma

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        deangold Jan 4, 2007 06:35 PM

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

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          dinwiddie Jan 4, 2007 06:39 PM

          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.

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          strawberryfrog Jan 4, 2007 05:14 PM

          In no particular order:

          Corduroy
          Del Merei
          Komi
          Ceiba
          Blue Duck Tavern

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

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            msbo78 Jan 4, 2007 12:01 PM

            In no particular order:

            Central
            Komi
            Rays the Classics
            Farrah Olivia
            Dino

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              round hound Jan 3, 2007 05:58 PM

              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.

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                dinwiddie Jan 3, 2007 01:14 AM

                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

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                  Pappy Jan 3, 2007 02:23 PM

                  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)

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                    dinwiddie Jan 4, 2007 12:42 PM

                    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.

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                      Smokey Jan 4, 2007 03:07 PM

                      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.

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                        dinwiddie Jan 4, 2007 06:33 PM

                        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

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                  Pappy Jan 2, 2007 02:51 PM

                  BLT
                  D'Acqua
                  Central
                  La Pata Negra
                  Mendocina
                  Saravana

                  1. Meg Jan 2, 2007 02:23 PM

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

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                      Dakota Guy Dec 29, 2006 08:21 AM

                      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. biscuit Dec 29, 2006 05:08 AM

                        (order unspecified):

                        Rasika
                        Ray's the Classics
                        Obelisk
                        Maestro
                        Palena

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