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dacwdc Nov 1, 2007 02:37 PM

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 -

  1. Small Plates Nov 2, 2007 06:58 AM

    As a reference point (we just moved back from DC this year) what places in DC do you like??

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    1. re: Small Plates
      dacwdc Nov 2, 2007 10:35 AM

      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.

    2. DavisSquare Nov 1, 2007 06:18 PM

      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

      EVOO Restaurant
      350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

      Blue Room
      1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

      Central Kitchen
      567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

      West Side Lounge
      1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. Rabbit Nov 1, 2007 03:04 PM

        If you liked Franklin, you might like Central Kitchen (Cambridge). Great spot. I also like Toro (Spanish tapas) in the South End, and recently had a stellar meal at Pomodoro in Brookline.

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