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WestIndianArchie Dec 31, 2008 07:20 AM

Mine?

The Mussels Provencale @ Granville More
- plump mussels
- great broth
- yummy buffalo sausage

Along with great fries and horsey sauce, probably my best meal this year.

  1. ktmoomau Dec 31, 2008 07:59 AM

    Minibar.

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      Melanie Dec 31, 2008 12:34 PM

      I'm with ktmoomau on this one.

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      mnadel Dec 31, 2008 10:48 AM

      Tasting menus at:

      1) Le Paradou
      2) Marcel's
      3) Cityzen
      4) 2941

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        WestIndianArchie Jan 2, 2009 10:56 AM

        How was the 2941 meal?

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        Lauman Dec 31, 2008 11:15 AM

        Couldn't pick just one. Three were exquisite and memorable, each in their own way. All were tasting menus.

        CityZen
        Komi
        Marcel's

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          Pesel Dec 31, 2008 12:28 PM

          I can tell you what wasn't.....
          1. Cafe Mozu
          2. The Source
          3. Mrs. K's Toll House

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            rappel75 Dec 31, 2008 03:30 PM

            My first Ray's Hell Burger

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              mordacity Jan 1, 2009 04:35 PM

              Ditto.

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                Dennis S Jan 2, 2009 04:57 AM

                Since mine was recent, I'd have to pile on with Ray's Hell as well.

                I'd also have to say one of the multiple trips to HKP.

                On the higher end, I'd have to put Lightfoot on the list.

                Big miss of the year was Jackson's.

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                  bobovespa Jan 5, 2009 06:27 PM

                  Add me to the Ray's Hell Burger fan club. Otherwise this year had a whole lotta pretty good, nothing memorable.

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              Steve Dec 31, 2008 04:08 PM

              I took my kids to Oohs and Aahs and had my two favorites plus a new discovery:
              Grilled Shrimp
              Lemon Pepper Wings
              Broiled Crabcake

              The crabcake was the discovery; it took a VERY long time to cook and came out golden and crusty and spicy and juicy. A revelation.

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                chicken kabob Jan 1, 2009 09:12 AM

                Good to know, West Indian Archie- This place has been on my radar lately, and will probably try it for the first time in a couple weeks. Anything else you reccomend there?

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                  WestIndianArchie Jan 2, 2009 10:53 AM

                  I've had 3 samplings of the mussels and the bison burger. Stick with the mussels.

                  I think Brasserie Beck has good Mussels as well, but I can't personally confirm.

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                    Midwestkid Jan 5, 2009 03:56 AM

                    The mussels were disappointing when we were there.

                    The beer list, however, is well rounded.

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                  Ericandblueboy Jan 1, 2009 01:26 PM

                  Definitely Komi, followed by Restaurant Eve.

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                    Doh Jan 5, 2009 06:55 AM

                    I would agree definitely Komi. (Restaurant Eve, although good, was somehow not up to my expectations.)

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                    Elyssa Jan 1, 2009 09:07 PM

                    It's a toss up between Corduroy (best...scallops....EVER!) and Central (our meal was so indulgent, fun, and new). Despite the economy, this has been a great year of eating.

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                      4X4 Jan 2, 2009 05:11 AM

                      I can't really name any amazing meals I had this year, but I went to Matchbox for the first time this summer. I'm becoming addicted to their mini burgers.

                      1. Henry Spencer Jan 2, 2009 05:26 AM

                        Restaurant Eve

                        1. littlew1ng Jan 2, 2009 06:39 AM

                          roasted pork loin and butternut squash risotto at proof. just thinking about it sets my stomach ablaze, hahahah

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                            MDoodle Jan 2, 2009 09:18 AM

                            Kind of a random collection of things, but: the Crabcake appetizer at Equinox...the mini pot roast at Firefly...and chicken fajitas and margaritas at Alero (Dupont location only).

                            My biggest dining disappointment was 1789.

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                              fisherdm Jan 2, 2009 09:47 AM

                              I've enjoyed some of the newer places, Central's food is great, if not a bit hyped, and I finally made it up to Palena for a special meal (service was sub-par), but for my money, my favorite place to have dinner is Ray's the Steaks. I know he's expanded, with the burger joint and the companion restaurant in MD, but he hasn't lost the original mojo of Ray's the Steaks. Going in on a Sunday night for the three-course, fixed price menu is my favorite new tradition that my gal and I cemented in 2008.

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                                WestIndianArchie Jan 2, 2009 10:55 AM

                                Personally, I found the service @ Ray's Hell and Ray's the Steaks to be "gruff" to say the least. It's not outright hostile like some places in DC, but i've been to his establishments 4 times in the past 1.5 years, and as much as I like the food, i'm not running back.

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                                chadponie Jan 2, 2009 03:56 PM

                                palena tasting menu - or anything else chef ruta cooks
                                brasserie beck - lambic braised rabbit

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                                  DC Taco Jan 3, 2009 04:39 AM

                                  Aside from Adour, which was very good but not great, I didn't hit too many of the biggies this year (perhaps it was the twin boys born in November of 2007). Had some great casual meals at some of my favorites:

                                  Kotobuki on a cold night. Our first out without the kids since bringing the boys home. Eel Kamemeshi, sake, and moochi. Glad we waited.

                                  My first meal at Black Salt. Addie's mussels are awesome. Followed by brunch at Black Salt. Their scones and sticky buns are the best in town.

                                  My second burger at Ray's Hell burger. The first was underdone. The second was perfect.

                                  And I found my number one remedy for a cold: Ma Po Tofu at Joe's Noodle House with a scallion pancake.

                                  1. Meg Jan 4, 2009 05:08 PM

                                    My first visit to 2 Amy's. A margherita with mushrooms. Simple, exquisite and unforgettable.

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                                      WestIndianArchie Jan 5, 2009 07:25 AM

                                      Ooh, I forgot all about my first 2 Amy's experience. That's 1.B.

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                                        Meg Jan 5, 2009 09:40 AM

                                        I was so in love I went back the next day, and I live 30 minutes away ; )

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                                      hamster Jan 5, 2009 10:44 AM

                                      Nava Thai: crispy pork with chinese brocolli

                                      Restaurant Eve: mushroom veloute and crab cake salad

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                                        ries27 Jan 5, 2009 04:50 PM

                                        Obelisk - Just all around a great experience. The meal is advertised as a three-course affair, but with the host of pre-appetizer courses, and a pre-dessert cheese course, Obelisk offers a seemingly endless array of delicious food. I would recommend a few dishes, but the menu changes nightly.

                                        2941 - I can still taste the green lentils and bacon vinaigrette that served as bed for a perfectly cooked piece of swordfish. The foie gras with apricot reduction was a mighty fine appetizer too.

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