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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