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daves_32 Aug 15, 2008 04:37 AM

Good morning,
I would like to grab the restaurant week lunch at Vidalia this afternoon.
Today, I will be eating alone. Does anyone know if it is possible for me to get served restaurant week (ie full menu) at the bar?
please let me know (or suggest a different RW lunch menu where i could sit at bar/eat alone)

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    Elyssa RE: daves_32 Aug 15, 2008 05:35 AM

    My boyfriend has eaten at the bar for lunch during RW at Vidalia a number of times.

    I also have eaten at the bar at Bistro Bis for a RW a few times. You can also try Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, Hook, and DC Coast (never been but hear good things). All places I know you can eat at the bar and get the full menu (I imagine that would include RW...but you might want to double check with a quick call).

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      daves_32 RE: Elyssa Aug 15, 2008 05:48 AM

      I am not a big red meat fan. I was debating between Ceiba, Bistro Bis, and Vidalia. I really don't know anything about Hook in reality even though I pass it at least once a week and understand the theoretical behind the place. Should i consider Hook more than any of the other three?

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        hilldenizen RE: daves_32 Aug 15, 2008 07:04 AM

        I ate at the bar at Bistro Bis at lunch on Wednesday. The meal (marchiere salad w/ goat cheese, trout w/ caper butter, and cheesecake w/ blueberry compote) was out of this world. They also have special wines by the glass. I had the special stainless steel tank Chardonnay and it was delightful. I think this is now my favorite restaurant, especially since it is so close by.

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          Elyssa RE: daves_32 Aug 15, 2008 07:07 AM

          Personally I would go with Bistro Bis. I love their food, they have great bartenders in terms of service, and they have a lot of options for RW. That being said, you should check out their menu first. I do recall seeing a bunch of up-charges on the lunch menu.

          If you like seafood then I think you should consider Hook. I had an incredible meal there. This was before Barton Seaver left though. When I ate there, Seaver wasn't even in the kitchen that night and I haven't heard definitive reports that the cooking has slipped, but it's something to keep in mind.

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            daves_32 RE: Elyssa Aug 15, 2008 07:32 AM

            I did check out the Bistro Bis menu. There are a lot of upcharges. Unfortunately, the items i would be most interested in are upcharged. Alternatively, all the items that look good to me at Vidalia are a part of the plan. I will do Hook some other time and probably just go with the fish. I could also go sometime next week. One more question about Vidalia, though. on the menu they identify the meal deal as a "tasting" menu. Does anyone have any insight on if that means the portions are much smaller? I certainly don't need a huge lunch but I don't want two bite courses. thanks.

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              daves_32 RE: daves_32 Aug 16, 2008 05:34 AM

              I went to Vidalia and ate at the bar, as promised. It was really fantastic! I had the yogurt cucumber soup with an island of citrus cured salmon, salmon roe, and onions. All were nicely cooked and the julienned onions added a nice crunch. The cucumber soup was the best chilled soup I have had in a long time. They even poured the soup in front of me. nice fourish for lunch. Then I had the pork belly. it was really nice with a classically crispy skin. I also enjoyed the rye berries and virginia peanuts. Though I eat pork belly very rarely, I enjoyed the dish. I finished with a lemon chess pie with berry compote. a strong lemon bar with a nice flaky crust. excellent!! My lunch took me an hour but they were careful to pace it out. great service at the bar included a glass of the house peach infused (flavor of the day) lemonade
              this was an incredible lunch deal!

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