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grilledcheese Dec 15, 2008 07:35 PM

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. hill food Dec 15, 2008 08:19 PM

    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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      Pappy Dec 16, 2008 05:55 AM

      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.

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        hill food Dec 16, 2008 08:32 PM

        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.

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      Elyssa Dec 16, 2008 05:55 AM

      Minibar is probably what you are looking for.

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        Jacey Dec 16, 2008 09:09 AM

        Agree Elyssa.

        Pappy, agree about Hudson's.

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

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          CLV Dec 17, 2008 06:11 AM

          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. discojing Dec 17, 2008 01:26 PM

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

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