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Nov 3, 2007 09:44 AM

Visiting Baltimore/D.C. next week...

I'm in town on business for a few days and am looking for some suggestions as to where to dine. I will be dining alone and thus far have a reservation for Pazo and Michel Ricard. Are these great places to go, or should I cancel and explore a bit?
I would really like to see the culinary landscape D.C. has to offer, as I've never explored it before.
FYI: I have a pretty lengthy restaurant background (both working and dining), so am very adventurous! Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Which MR restaurant did you book? Central is good, but Citronelle is the real deal. I also love Restaurant Eve in old town. The Source is the new Wolfgang Puck, but I think reservations are hard to come by because it just opened and Eric Ripert's bistro opens next week, I am sure it isn't as good as Le Bernadin, but...

    Also Scott Bryan is doing some wonderful things out in Falls Church VA. Went there last night and had an amazing meal.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I booked @ Central. Thanks for the info! I will follow up!

    2. Where are you staying? That will determine what the best bets for you are because the DC dining landscape has really come a long way and thus has much to offer in each area of town. Personal faves: Obelisk (dupont circle), Palena and Dino (cleveland park), 1789 (Georgetown).

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      1. re: DCDOLL

        I'm staying in Baltimore, but will be back and forth to DC all week. Do you think I should cancel my reservation @ Pazo in Baltimore and focus on DC?

        1. re: NewYorkDame

          If you're staying in Baltimore, do you really want to eat dinner each evening in DC and then schlep back to Baltimore afterwards? Depending on your mode of transportation it's at least 45 minutes. Yes I'd keep Baltimore on your culinary itinerary.

          1. re: NewYorkDame

            Bordeauxfan has a good point, it is no fun driving DC to Baltimore after a nice long meal (and there is no good public transport options). If you're dining alone, I'm not sure I'd choose Pazo. It's a bit of a scene space and it's pretty dim inside, so not great people watching and I don't recall ever seeing anyone eating at the bar. A better solo dining experience in the Wolf empire might be had at Charleston or Cinghale both are in the same neighbourhood.

            What sort of food are you looking to try in Baltimore? Seafood? Old Baltimore style? Ethnic? Are you limited to an area in town bc of transportation? - this will def determine where you eat in the evening.

            1. re: aussiewonder

              I don't agree with the no public transport comment-amtrak from Union to Penn station is perfectly do-able. Marc is no good though.

              1. re: fishie

                I guess it depends on how late you want to stay in DC (10:45pm is the last train out) and where you're staying in Baltimore, but IMO the public transportation between the two cities and then around Baltimore once you get here isn't user friendly, esp for out of towners, is limited, expensive and not as safe as other major cities. It's certainly not a prospective headache I would want to deal with after a long day and a good meal.

        2. I just had one of the best meals I have had in a while in Baltimore at Three over by Patterson Park. I gather the chef used to be at Pazo. It's a much cozier atmosphere than Pazo and might be better for solo diners.
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          1. re: aubzamzam

            I agree that Pazo would probably not be the place. Of the Wolf/Forman empire it is my least favorite. Cinghale in the enoteca would be a nice eat at the bar place I would think.

            For DC I think the Bar/Lounge at Citronelle would be a better place to experience Michel Richard's cuisine. The lounge at Palena is also a good DC spot for solo diners if you can get a seat at the bar.

            1. re: Annapolis07

              Rumor has it that Chef Wolf has rescinded the limited menu at the bar at Charleston, and that you can order fully off the (roll-your-own) tasting menu. If so that would be a nice option for a solo diner.

              1. re: Annapolis07

                I agree with eating in the lounge at Citronelle. No reservations necessary. A la carte. Start off with the vichyssoise, and then go on to the mushroom cigars, soft shell crab, and tuna naoleon. I assure you, you will be in heaven.

            2. Where are you staying in Baltimore?

              1. The Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore