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May 19, 2008 01:04 PM

Hudson Lounge or West End Bistro?

I want to try a new restaurant next week when my sister comes into town and am debating between Hudson Lounge and West End Bistro. We are going for dinner and are both foodies so we are more interested in the quality of the food than decor (I know that the decor at both places are beautiful). Any thoughts???

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  1. If you're looking for better food, I would head to West End because it's an Eric Rupert restaurant. If you want a more "fun" atmosphere, Hudson's might be better. Their food is just so-so and pretty overpriced.

    I would actually go to neither place. If you give us more details, we can probably make more suggestions.

    I'm sure someone will mention Firefly, but I would definitely stick with West End Bistro over this.

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    1. re: Jacey

      So I'm being somewhat difficult and I'm definitely limiting myself as I want to try something new...familiar with Mio? If so, better than West End?

      1. re: Jacey

        Agreed, neither restaurant are really worth visiting. In that neighborhood, Blue Duck Tavern is much better than both.

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          Good to know that neither are worth visiting and I'm no longer planning to go to either place.
          Ericandblueboy--love, love, love BDT, thanks for the suggestion but looking for something new (or maybe not since can't seem to think of anything else!!)
          I guess it's back to the drawing board!

          1. re: joann.hill12

            I don't mind Hudson, but I agree with a lot of folks that it's inconsistant at times. I also go mostly because it's in my neighborhood and therefore not out of the way.

            In the area, while not new, possibly better foodwise while not suffering in ambiance is Firefly.

            If you want to go into Georgetown, how about Hook?

            There is also always Central, which I love, PS7 (newish) or CoCo Sala, which has been getting good reviews.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Been to all the ones you mentioned, Elyssa, but thanks for the suggestions. I'm actually one of the few that didn't love CoCo review was less than favorable. But my husband and I absolutely love Central and Hook.
              Do you know anything about Mio?? I've heard mixed reviews...

              1. re: joann.hill12

                What about Proof? Have you been there yet? It might fit the bill. I haven't tried Mio yet, but I really want to I have heard good things, but not a ton of word of mouth on it or reviews. Good luck and have fun.

                PS just saw Giada's Weekend Getaway where she went to Zengo in Denver it looked really cool. It is now on my list of not new places, but places I haven't been yet.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  Love Proof--it's one of our favorite places to go to eat really good food and drink fabulous wine. Unfortunately, my sister is pregnant so she won't be drinking much. Kinda feel bad bringing her to a wine bar in her condition :-)
                  On a different note, definitely go to Zengo! Every time I've been, the food is delicious and the portion sizes are actually really big! In addition, the decor is beautiful. Their calamari is absolutely amazing.
                  BTW, if we decide to do Mio, I'll let you know how it is!
                  Thanks for your help!

                  1. re: joann.hill12

                    And thanks for saying how good Zengo is will definitely go! Def post back if you go to Mio, I am hoping that Micheal has learned some good tricks from his father :)

                    1. re: joann.hill12

                      How about some place on U St. I hear great things about Marvin (haven't been though) or Creme (which I love).

                      There is also Brasserie Beck which is great. Even if your sister can''t enjoy the beer list, she might be perfectly happy with their fries!

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        I swear you just read my mind! I was just thinking about U St. We used to live over there but moved about a year and a half ago and I'm amazed by all the great new places that have opened since.
                        Maybe we'll try Creme!! Care to share your faves???
                        BTW, really like Beck so if all else fails, sis may be eating some really good fries!

                        1. re: joann.hill12

                          There is a mushroom appetizer at Creme which is so simple but absolutly incredible!! I've really enjoyed their roasted chicken and short ribs. I know their shrimp and grits are a favorite but I personally found them too watery.

                          Oh and if the coconut cake is on the menu....get it! It's one of my favorite desserts in DC!

              2. re: joann.hill12

                Have you already been to Circle Bistro? It's in the same hood.

                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                  No, I haven't been to Circle Bistro. Do tell...

                  1. re: joann.hill12

                    Ranked 26 in Washingtonian. An editor's pick. Unpretentious bistro. Not pricey....not sure what other criteria you need to try it out.

                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                      Hmmm, affordable, good, and unpretentious?? Sounds like a winner to me. Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely look into it!

                      1. re: joann.hill12

                        Where did you end up going? Went to Circle Bistro tonight. Service was very slow. Took 2 hrs for 3 courses. Started with foie gras (delicious), then duck confit appetizer portion (this was excellent), then tagliatelle with morels (good). Wife had garlic soup (weird, it was green, not creamy), scallops (nicely charred on the outside), and ny strip (flavorful and nicely cooked medium). $150 for 2....not bad by our standards.

                        1. re: Ericandblueboy

                          So we ended up going a completely different direction and went to Rasika. We did the 6-course tasting menu and everything was great. The fried spinach salad and cod were incredible and all of the curries were excellent, although we all felt the fish one was a bit too hot, and we all tend to like spicy food. None of us are huge Indian dessert fans, although we loved the cardamom ice cream. We had some some great cocktails, as well as fabulous wine.
                          We'll definitely try Circle Bisto eventually...hope the service is better our go-around!

                          1. re: joann.hill12

                            There was only 1 waitress last night and there were maybe 7 tables full, but one was a large party of 10 or 12 people. Most of the other tables were for 4 people. I don't know what happened, whether the kitchen was slow or that one waitress just couldn't handle the rush. We didn't get to place a drink order until we already figured out everything else that we wanted.

                            Rasika is certainly interesting. We might be the only people that didn't like the black cod - just didn't like the seasoning.

          2. Based on one visit each, I found Westend Bistro much better on all counts, except perhaps affordability. (Don't miss the macaroni and cheese.)

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            1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

              MMMMMM! Lucky for me I LOVE mushrooms and short ribs! And the coconut cake doesn't sound half bad either! :-)
              Thanks so much for the recommendations...I'll make sure report back to you soon!

            2. I don´t see why west end bistro isn´t worth going. Everything I´ve had there has been good. Is it Le Bernardin good or creative? no. It´s solid bistro-ish food. If you´re into inventive food and trying new things, then West End Bistro is not for you. Maybe you would be interested in Vidalia. I just had lunch there a week ago and had an excellent meal (and the best soft shell crab I´ve had so far this year).

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              1. re: cleveland park

                Went to Westend Bistro on Friday night - loved it. I had the tuna carpaccio with olive oil and chives, and the wife had the mini pork pies and we both loved them. I've never seen tuna pounded that thin in my life, Had the skate with brown butter, and the wife had the Chesapeake stew for entrees. Both were excellent. The wife had the mac/cheese side and I had the ratatoiulle, both very good. Desserts were also very nice - strawberry shortcake on a brioche and the pineapple upside-down cake with the coconut sorbet. All in all, I'd go back there tomorrow, but unfortunately I am now back home in NJ. Had a great four nights in town, with Komi, Olives, Capital Grille and Westend. All hits, no misses, but Komi did take the crown, for sure.

                1. re: Wallowing Gourmet

                  We also had the tuna carpaccio, mini pork pies, and the bay stew. If Ripert's name isn't attached to this restaurant, I would be okay with the food. I prefer Bistro Lepic and La Chaumiere over this branding gimmick.

                2. re: cleveland park

                  thanks for the post on west end--I still plan to try it, just not for a special occasion (i.e. b-day, anniversary). We went to Vidalia for NYE and enjoyed our meal; although it really wasn't memorable and for the price, we prefer many other restaurants like Blue Duck Tavern and Central, just to name a few.