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Dec 17, 2008 05:41 AM


We are planning to dine here on December 28. Any comments?

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  1. Like the atmosphere and have had pretty good experiences so far. You must try some of the handcrafted cocktails which are excellent and the brie flatbread is delicious. Just be prepared that they are pretty new so some of the menu items still need a little work (never had anything bad just a few things that were just okay) and the service is a little slow...

    1. It is reliably good and a valuable option to have downtown. Don't expect too much and you'll be pleasantly surprised. I like the tomato and bread salad. Cherry tomatoes this time of year. Chicken pot pie is good, a touch sweet for my taste.

      1. No matter how much you like bacon and how good it sounds, the bacon appetizer is a bit much. Many, many, skewers of bacon. So good, but soooo much bacon.

        The chicken pot pie was quite good but was a little runny. I left wishing that I tried something else. I doubt that it is one of their best dishes. Everything I saw on other plates looked better.

        The menu is amazing and you are certain to find plenty to like.

        Yeah, the service is slow but quite friendly. It's a quite popular place so expect a crowd during the lunch rush.

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        1. re: malveaux

          Thanks for all the replies so far. We are looking forward to our visit on Sunday. It reminds me of a place in Baltimore called Woodberry Kitchen.

          1. re: BRI328

            I just ate there this weekend. One quick word of advice - desserts are TERRIBLE. I loved everything else and wouldn't let this stop me from eating here, I just would completely skip dessert. My friend and I got two (the apple turnover and the smores pudding, both highly recommended by the staff). The apple turnover was waaay too much crust - and not in a pleasant light, flaky, buttery kind - and very little actual apple. All I could think about is how much better the apple tart is at Blue Duck Tavern...the other dessert was so bad we both put our spoons down after 2 bites and asked about ended up being taken off our tab. The 'pudding' had NO sugar in the chocolate part, which was very chalky...I normally wouldn't mind something not sweet, as I love very dark chocolate, but this was just inedible. The graham crackers were literally halved crackers unimmaginatively set on top..the marshmallow was good, but not good enough to make up for the rest. Stick to what they're good at - the salads, burgers, meat, etc. Cocktails are great as well, and good service.

            1. re: tld373

              I actually liked the chocolate pudding-I thought it had a delicious bitersweet taste.
              My friend had the carrot cake and she said it was the best ever! (And she used to be a dessert chef.) I recommend the grilled cheese & tomato soup. I agree that the bacon appetizer was a bit much-although i did manage to eat every skewer.

        2. Went last night so I wanted to report my two cents.

          I like the decor we ate downstairs so I didn't see the upstairs dining room. It wasn't too crowded so the noise level was decent you could have a conversation which was nice. Although you also heard the conversations next door as the tables are a little close.

          I had the Farmer's Fizz cocktail, which was ok, but it didn't taste like what I thought it would with the ingredients listed, but can't say it wasn't tasty, I am looking forward to trying La Paloma next time. Fiance had the mint limeade, which is non-alcoholic and really liked it. I thought the mint did a good job of balancing sweet and tart flavors of the lime.

          We started with some corn bread and fried green tomatoes. The fried green tomatoes were ok, they had a lot of breading, and they just didn't really shine, they were ok, but from a Southern girls perspective nothing new or really inventive and not a premier representation. I did like the side of goat cheese and green goddess dressing that came with them. But it was a very heavy starter.

          The cornbread was very good, it had whole kernel bits in it, which I like, but Fiance isn't so found of, but I found that gave the bread a good sweetness, he mainly got it to go with his yankee pot roast and it was good with that.

          The yankee pot roast was a highlight because the vegetables were still crisp and very flavorful with you don't find in many roasts, but the carrots and celery were still crunchy, fragrant and resembling vegetables, which I really like, as I hate smushy veggies. The roast itself was tender, well seasoned and very homey. Although it was just a pot roast something easily made at home, it represented itself as a very good execution of the dish because of the quality of the vegetables and seasoning.

          I had the brie flatbread because I really wasn't very hungry and I really enjoyed the flavor combination between the brie, apple and onion jam. This is something I will be making for parties as it was very tasty and light but filling.

          Overall for the price we really enjoyed it I think it will be back, it was a pretty good bargain for a night out in DC. Nothing absolutely amazing that you must go for, but very fresh dishes, with good ingredients and a lot of fresh vegetables, which is something that I think is needed. I think I will be trying the vegetable sandwhich the persons next door ordered it and it looked very good. This would be a good place to take a group of friends that includes vegetarians as I think it has good options for both.

          1. I know the OP's dinner has come and gone, but if anyone else wants a recent report....

            First impressions: lovely, casual/scene- lots of expensive jeans, but no one frowned at a fleece jacket left on against the chill. The drinks were stiff, and the bar is quite impressive, with trays of fresh garnishes and an impressive spirits menu. I had their take on a Manhattan, Vater had the Farmer Jon, a signature drink of bourbon and fresh lemon juice and a few other things, served in a sugar-rimmed glass. Tasty. Water comes in an old-school thick glass jar for the table, which comes in handy throughout the course of the meal.

            Little bites: Kettle corn (two dollars!) was a sweet and salty delight. The roasted tomato soup has a hint of bite and more than a dollop of cream; it's lovely. The tomato jam/artisan cheese flatbread (which, sorry, I'd rather just call bruschetta- it's homemade ciabatta, cut finely, toasted and topped with nibbles. We were imagining sort of pizza a taglio, or a thicker, chewy crust for some reason.) Anyway, the tomato jam was stunning- little globes of tomatoes, spiced up and tarted to perfection. The "artisan cheese" was some sort of aged parmesan but more like cheese confetti; either it was simply overpowered by the jam or it wasn't terribly interesting to begin with. All in all, a hit. The "chips and dip" is great fun, it's three sauces in dishes and a whole basket of fresh-fried potatoes, giant slices of potato cut lengthwise on a mandoline. Slightly underdone tonight, but still a welcome twist.

            Meals: 17 vegetable salad. Great fun. Jicama was masquerading as an apple, and it took a while to realize that the cheese wasn't part of the 17, but it's a great blend of a gazillion vegetables and fruits, including legumes and cheese and eggs, for the vegetarian crowd. (As a note, it's one of the few salads or entrees without bacon; there are lovely vegetarian options but I suspect strict vegans would be hard come by here.) Frisco burger sans bun and havarti, due to allergies: extremely well received; they replaced the cow milk cheese with a dish of herbed chevre. The fries were matchstick-sized and excellently seasoned; the bacon inhaled. Ricotta ravioli: kind of comfort food? Lots of cream, bits of cauliflower and "Kentucky-bourbon creamed corn", which was subtle at best.

            Dessert: One of the dangers of dining with parents. Massive cake overload impossible. One slice of carrot cake, another of red velvet; of the two, the latter was far superior. The carrot cake was fine, but slathered in icing and about three inches too tall for me to handle. The red velvet was thick and moist and, while it suffered the same icing affliction, held up its end of the bargain far better.

            All in all, quite lovely. A welcome change of pace, in that it's not ridiculously expensive, and a charming, new space. Fresh ingredients. Good drinks. Get the popcorn of the day.