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Jan 27, 2007 05:44 AM

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!