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Steak Tartare in DC?

Anywhere that does this well? Please don't send me to Le Halles.

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  1. I can't give you recs for tartare, but the next time you eat at Etete, try the kitfo (which is an Ethiopian version of tartare). It's very good.

    1. Kibbe Nayee (sp?) is the Lebanese version. Its one of my favorite dishes at Lebanese Taverna on Conn, but I have not had it for several years. Do and have other Lebanese restaurant recommendations for this dish?

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      1. re: deangold

        Kibbeh Nayeh is available at Layalina Restaurant off Wilson Boulevard. Good stuff, but only on weekend or call ahead by request. Worth it though.


        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Wow... looks good. We will try ti before our next play at the Signature.

          1. re: deangold

            The Kibbe Nayeh at Neyla is quite good as well

      2. Capital Grille offers steak tartare. They have locations downtown, at Tysons, and Balto.

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        1. re: hungryT

          Sorry I should have mentioned no crappy chains.

          1. re: jpschust

            What don't you like about Les Halles, and what makes Capital Grille a crappy chain?

            1. re: bensherman

              Yeah, I can't speak for Cap Grille's steak tartare, but they have some very good steaks. Their delmonico rib-eye is pretty amazing.

              While I'm not a huge fan of the DC Les Halles, their steak tartare is pretty good, and they make it at the table so you can get it how you like.

              1. re: bensherman

                I don't like Les Halles since the two times I've been there the service has been terrible. I don't like Capital Grille because it's overpriced, the steaks are mediocre at best (If I'm going to pay that much for a steak it had better be well aged and have some solid flavor), and the atmosphere is snooty.

                1. re: jpschust

                  i agree that the Grille is somewhat heavy on the wallet but I have found the service, especially the Tysons location, to be very much on the ball. Considering these days how up and down service can be in any top notch restaurants. Its almost as if service suffers because the servers are more concerned about the money they are making.

          2. Also many Korean retaurants ahve a raw beef appetizer.... made with Asian pear, seaame oil and served cold. I forget its name but it is very rich and very good. One order is usually enough to feed four.

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            1. re: deangold

              Called YookWhe. Use to love the stuff but these days too chicken to eat it.

            2. You might want to check out Bistrot du Coin - I believe they had it when I lived in DC - not my favorite place, but better than Les Halles.

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              1. re: MMRuth

                Bistro D'Oc most likely has a steak tartar dish....they have a lot of traditional french cuisine including calfs brains...don't see that on a menu every day. White I haven't had the steak tartar there I imagine its very good since all their food is very traditionally french bistro and delicious!

              2. Not in DC, but Restaurant Eve does an excellent tartare appetizer. Not sure if they do an entree version, but it was substantial for an appetizer. Worth the drive/Metro/cab fare.

                1. Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria. Had it this past Friday and it was amazing,

                  1. I believe the newish Michael Richard place, Central, at 11th and Penn NW, has it.

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                    1. Good Beef Tartare appetizer at Poste inside Hotel Monaco. Goes great with their infused vodkas...what doesn't?

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                      1. re: clfost

                        I don't go great with clear liquors but their infused bourbon is amazing :)

                      2. Agree with Eve's steak tartare being excellant..I had it on Monday night and it was great

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                        1. re: tthumpern

                          Going to Eve tonight but sitting in the tasting room, not sure if we will get it.

                        2. Viridian has it and its pretty good..... although die hard tartare fans may object to the hard boiled egg it comes with. Kitchen policy, no raw egg.

                          1. We had steak tartare last night at Vidalia. It was very good, but did not include raw egg.

                            1. la ferme in chevy chase serves it the old fashioned way, with raw egg on top, condiments on the side. not on the dinner menu, but the cooks will make it for you if you ask the waiter. i should know - i used to cook there

                              1. Not sure if it qualifies as a "crappy chain," but I have had good steak tartare at Daily Grill.

                                1. I had the Steak Tartare at EatBar a week ago. It was fantastic. My GF who doesn't even like the raw meat enjoyed it.

                                  I've had the tartare at Les Halles and though it was quite good. Bourdain regulary states that the tartare is the foundation of their menu. They do a nice presentation tableside.

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                                  1. re: buckeye

                                    They do it right up at NY, here in DC they don't even listen to what you want when they prep it.

                                    EatBar's version is awesome!

                                  2. The version at Central is different from any I've had before, and very good. It's filet mignon, cubed rather than ground, with lots of mustard seed and citrus for a bright, tangy flavor.

                                    1. i'm new to dc but had the best tartare ever at bistro du coin (better than all places i tried in nyc). it was delicious and is always on the menu when i go there. i highly recommend it! i loved les halles when i was in nyc, and used to go there all the time, but felt it went downhill while i was there. ever since they expanded it, it wasn't the same...

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                                      1. re: jmarx

                                        had it at bistro du coin and hated it. i've only had it once before and as an app not an entree but loved it the first time (in nc).

                                      2. In Frederick (I know- not DC) I had excellent tartare at The Tasting Room.

                                        1. I enjoyed the tartare at Bistro Bis; it was served with house made potato chips.

                                          1. My dad just had it a Bistro Bis.