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Can anyone tell me what the most avant garde restaurants are in the Washington area? Any places that do high-end experimental, cutting edge cuisine?

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  1. alphabetically: Eve, Komi, Minibar. good luck getting reservations.

    cutting-edge in DC is not really a strong point, there is good food that's cutting edge, but you may be happier with the updated classic food like Blue Duck, Hudson, Vidalia (mixed reports all lately) or Montmartre.

    Proof has been getting good marks and for bistro French downtown Central is quite good - edgy, no. whimsical, yes.

    some of the most favored restaurants have crappy food and what is the worst seat in the house in many cities is the most coveted here. it's upside-down town Jake.

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    1. re: hill food

      There is plenty of excellent cutting-edge cuisine in DC. To suggest that there is not and someone should settle for "updated classics" at a mediocre/bad restaurant like Hudson or an old/tired bistro like Montmartre is absurd. While this may not be NYC or LA, we're not exactly in Prairie View, Kansas.

      Try Minibar, Citronelle, Citizen, Farrah Olivia (sp?), SushiKo, Source, Teatro Goldoni, Indebleu, Oya, 701, etc.

      1. re: Pappy

        maybe I'm a pessimist...while the choices are better than they were and getting better, I do hold that the over-rated 'lobbyist' and many be-seen places aren't really all that good.

        BTW I had some excellent Thai in Prairie Village, Kansas once.

    2. Minibar is probably what you are looking for.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Agree Elyssa.

        Pappy, agree about Hudson's.

        Not "cutting edge" but Rasika has a unique take on some of their Indian dishes.

        1. re: Jacey

          I would say Minibar. We called a month in advance to get our reservation- so make sure you plan early if you are looking for a specific date. We really enjoyed the experience there...

      2. I second Minibar, but there are great dishes (no reservations required, and less money) at Oyamel.