DC Hound Needs Recs -
Hi all -
A DC hound is coming to town next week and I'm looking for recommendations. I have been to Boston a few times and my mileage has varied. I’ve eaten at Sibling Rivalry – Chef’s tasting menu – and it was excellent. I’ve also eaten at Icarus and though the food was awesome, the space wasn’t all that great. My favorite meals have been at Franklin Café so far. Awesome space and the food was spot on delicious. So, though I’ll be sure to go back there this trip, where else should I visit? There is one other place I visited – The Silvertone or something like that – it was underground near Boston Common I think – fun place, but the food wasn’t very impressive.
Thanks for you help -
re: Small Plates
In DC there are plenty of places I like - David Craigs (Bethesda); Dino, Indique, and Lavandou (Cleveland Park); Blacksalt, Blacks, and Addies (ok, I actually love Blacksalt and like the other two); Comet Ping Pong (pizza); Two Amy's (pizza); 1789; Breadline for lunch; Chef Geoff; Old Angler's Inn is an awesome setting - and sometimes the food live's up to it --- However, I find that Boston has stuff or a feel that we just don't have here in DC - smaller places with some fine attention to the food but w/out being stuffy. In DC Blacksalt is my current favorite.
Yes, if you've been a couple of times, why not branch out over the river. My first stop would be Oleana, our favorite fine-dining over here. Central Kitchen is our favorite for moderately expensive (~$40+/pp) new American, but we also love West Side Lounge, Gargoyles (more experimental), and EVOO. A half-step down in price and reliability are the Blue Room and East Coast Grill, although when they're on, they're really on; ECG also has a very different atmosphere than any of the others above. You also ought to try some of the Brazilian and Portuguese places in Inman Square/East Cambridge. Lusophone cuisine is to Boston what Ethiopian is to DC.
East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Gargoyles On the Square
219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143
1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
West Side Lounge
1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138