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Best restaurant in DC

joe.frost Aug 1, 2008 12:19 PM

What is it?

  1. Pool Boy Aug 9, 2008 04:04 PM

    Palena
    Komi as runner up

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      newtoCP Aug 9, 2008 01:30 PM

      Out of towner here and I have not been to half the restaurants on the list. But Palena! 3 visits to cafe

      Favorites:
      Roast Chicken- OMG. I dream of the brown skin and the crackly flavors. So moist. Sounds like I am writing porn!!!
      Salads - I have picked greens from a garden that were not as fresh. Where do they get such ripe tomatoes?
      Charcutreie - Best pates I have ever had
      Pasta - I would have to write more porn to do it justice. Creamy mushroomy thing one time, gnocchi another. OMG.

      I will try Komi soon!

      1. Chuckles the Clone Aug 8, 2008 12:33 AM

        Not technically in DC but close enough: Tastee Diner at 3am.

        1. monkeyrotica Aug 3, 2008 01:27 PM

          The best halfsmoke is at Weenie Beenie.

          http://dcist.com/2006/05/19/itsy_bits...

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            BigEats Aug 8, 2008 07:35 AM

            Better than Ben's Chili Bowl?

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              monkeyrotica Aug 9, 2008 01:42 PM

              To me, yes. Even though both use Manger's halfsmokes from Bmore, I prefer Weenie Beenie's version. They actually split their down the middle, giving it a nice grilled char. Although there's much to be said for Ben's (love the snap/burn of the hot grease after a long grill session), I find myself craving Weenie Beenie's halfsmoke and fried egg sandwich, their burgers, their breakfast sandwiches (particularly the scrapple). There's also one off Kenilworth Avenue that I have yet to try because it's always closed on the weekend.

          2. Joe H Aug 2, 2008 08:47 PM

            Komi-Johnny Monis nominated for national Beard Rising Star chef of the year award in '08.
            Citronelle-Richard won the national Beard chef of the year in '07.
            CityZen-Beard Mid Atlantic restaurant of the year in '08.
            Central-Beard national new restaurant of the year in '08.
            MiniBar-most difficult reservation in the United States.

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              nwdchound Aug 2, 2008 09:11 PM

              MiniBar most difficult in the country? Have you tried booking at French Laundry?

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                Joe H Aug 2, 2008 09:16 PM

                We've been twice.

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                  nwdchound Aug 3, 2008 11:07 PM

                  Touche. We've been minibar twice also--each time not a big challenge. Guess you just never know and, of course, things change.

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              AnnArtiste Aug 1, 2008 08:34 PM

              L'Auberge Chez Francois, McLean. Very special.

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                dcfoodie13 Aug 2, 2008 08:46 AM

                Chez Francois has a wonderful atmosphere, so if that is what you are looking for I would try it. However, the food is only mediocre. These restaurants have excellent food:

                Restaurant Eve is definitely the best in Old Town, and is actually my favorite restaurant in the DC metropolitan area.

                The best french IMO is Marcel's.

                Other "best" restaurants I would look into are Palena, Komi, Citronelle.

                For very good restaurants at a slightly lower price range, I recommend Central, Blue Duck Tavern, Brassiere Beck, and PS7s.

                I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few but other Hounds should be able to include them.

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                nwdchound Aug 1, 2008 03:48 PM

                Agree it's kind of an impossible question and that most haven't tried all the top restaurants and that it's subjective. There are a bunch of "Top" lists already on the board. I'd have to put into categories to get to my own subjective "best" so, in the spirit of being at least a bit willing to play along (without doing one of those loong lists):

                "best" japanese: Makoto
                "best" really special occasion: Inn at Little Washington
                "best" higher end food/value priced: Palena Cafe
                "best" of Old Town: Restaurant Eve
                "best" fish and chips in the region: Eammon's (two for Cathal Armstrong)

                That's all for me!

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                  Elyssa Aug 1, 2008 12:38 PM

                  Um that's kind of a loaded question. I'm sure you'll get a million different answers depending on your definition of "best".

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