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joe.frost Aug 1, 2008 12:19 PM

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    Elyssa RE: joe.frost 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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      nwdchound RE: Ericandblueboy 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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        AnnArtiste RE: joe.frost Aug 1, 2008 08:34 PM

        L'Auberge Chez Francois, McLean. Very special.

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          dcfoodie13 RE: AnnArtiste 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.

        2. Joe H RE: joe.frost 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 RE: Joe H 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 RE: nwdchound Aug 2, 2008 09:16 PM

              We've been twice.

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                nwdchound RE: Joe H 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.

          2. monkeyrotica RE: joe.frost 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 RE: monkeyrotica Aug 8, 2008 07:35 AM

              Better than Ben's Chili Bowl?

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                monkeyrotica RE: BigEats 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. Chuckles the Clone RE: joe.frost Aug 8, 2008 12:33 AM

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

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                newtoCP RE: joe.frost 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. Pool Boy RE: joe.frost Aug 9, 2008 04:04 PM

                  Palena
                  Komi as runner up

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