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Jun 12, 2008 07:57 AM

DC Restaurant Featuring Local, Seasonal Ingredients?

Anyone have a recommendation for a moderately-priced DC restaurant that features local, seasonal ingredients. I've been to some of the more expensive restaurants with this approach to food (e.g., Equinox), but I'm looking for something less expensive . . . something like St. Ex. Thanks, in advance, for any recommendations.

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    1. re: Jeserf

      Thanks, Jeserf. Sounds perfect . . . and I've never been there . . . so I just made a reservation.

    2. Cashion's use to do this very well...but I haven't been in over a year.

      Palena (you can sit in the cafe and order off of either menu. When I was there last I had their Spring Broth which was incredible....and the cheeseburger :) )
      Butterfield 9

      And I hear that the new Darlington House is doing seasonal cuisine but I haven't been yet so I have no idea.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        If you're into seafood/fish, hook would be a great option.

        1. re: Jeserf

          Or Tackle box for the extremely casual, but local and sustainable.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Hook may serve sustainable seafood, but that doesn't mean local; they get it from all over the world.

            1. re: mselectra

              They get their produce from local Mennonite farmers in the area. The fish is what is sustainable and comes from all over.

        2. re: Elyssa

          Hey Elyssa,

          Butterfield 9 is sadly, no longer in business.

        3. Please don't laugh at me, but Tom Meyer of Clyde's prides himself in making sure that fresh seasonal ingredients are always on the Clyde's menus. And at every Clyde's, you can ask for off-the-menu creations of whatever is fresh and seasonal. Tom actually explained that to me once upon a time....

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            1. if i'm not mistaken, Sonoma also does this. the food is quite good, moderately priced and the wine is good.

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              1. re: littlew1ng

                Yes, agree with Sonoma and that reminds me of a great dinner I had this week at Mendocino in Georgetown where they had a wonderful chilled asparagus soup.