Park Cafe in DC
Has anyone been to Park Cafe in DC? If so, was it good? I'd like to go for my anniversary Friday, and we'll be taking our 3 sons (21, 26, 19) and a girlfriend of the oldest. They live in DC and have been wanting to try this restaurant.
There is a place called Park Cafe on Capital Hill, right on Lincoln Park. It's been there for a very long time. It is tiny. I have never been there, and I don't know what they serve.
Could you be thinking of Cafe du Parc, which is a fairly new French Bistro? If so, I suggest you do a search on this board.
I live walking distance from it. We all supported Vinet in his battle with the Church over the antiquated liquor law which prohibited restaurants serving alcohol within a certain distance from churches and schools. (Montmartre had a similar conflict with Hines Jr. High when they opened at Eastern Market and I'm not exactly sure of the status of this liquor regulation today.)
For years, Park Café had moderately priced, great food, made better because you could BYOB. Walking distance from everybody's houses and the kids could play in the Park across the street while we lingered over dinner. What a deal!
After Vinet got his liquor license, the food prices crept up, the style changed and having to buy alcohol made it less of a bargain, I suppose. Fewer people hung out there and maybe it just retained the image of the neighborhood BYOB with the tortilla chips.
Since the new chef has arrived and reworked the menu, the food is supposed to be terrific but I haven't been. People in the neighborhood complain about the price level compared to what we have available within 5 or 10 minutes - all of Capitol Hill, Penn Quarter and downtown East of the White House. Could be the lingering image of the old BYOB.
It supposedly has an excellent cellar with good prices, fine food and could be an undiscovered gem.
I've eaten there several times and have never been dissapointed with the food, wine, or service. It is is little expensive for what you get, but not by a lot. To me, it's worth the little extra I pay to not have to travel very far for a pleasant meal with great wine.