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congressionalfoodie Jul 27, 2009 11:22 AM

DC Restaurant Week is up (http://washington.org/restaurantwk/), and I've been meaning to get to both Vidalia and Georgia Brown's. I suppose I have two questions here: 1) which is better overall, and 2) has anyone had a great or not-so-great restaurant week experience at either?

Thanks!

  1. Trip Klaus Jul 29, 2009 01:17 PM

    I would actually suggest for RW Vidalia's partner Bistro Bis which is one of the few restaurants to offer full menus rather than scaled down versions.

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      Elyssa Jul 29, 2009 01:31 PM

      Another solid choice. I've been to Bistro Bis for RW a few times. For some reason I usually sit at the bar (great service there). It's a solid choice and they offer almost the whole menu. Although beware, in years past there have been a lot of upcharges.

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        emmaleeb Jul 29, 2009 01:41 PM

        I just checked their RW menu which is up on the site, and almost half of the items for lunch have upcharges, and half a dozen or so on the dinner menu.

        Vidalia has no upcharges this year, except for a selection of cheese in place of dessert ($5)

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        emmaleeb Jul 29, 2009 01:10 PM

        Vidalia's RW menu is up, under Other Menus.

        http://www.vidaliadc.com/index.html

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          Elyssa Jul 29, 2009 01:48 PM

          Oh wow...thanks for posting. That menu looks so good, how does one choose? Now I'm excited for my dinner there but I have to wait a month!

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          Elyssa Jul 29, 2009 08:56 AM

          This just in: Vidalia will be extending their RW menu through Labor Day. So maybe you can try both :)

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            emmaleeb Jul 29, 2009 10:07 AM

            Ah this rules! I'm scared of making reservations because my boyfriend's work schedule is flaky and I don't want to pay that cancellation fee (there is a fee, right? They asked for my CC # on OpenTable). It'll be great to have that extra week.

            I am at peace :-)

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              Elyssa Jul 29, 2009 10:50 AM

              They did? That's strange, when I made my reservation they didn't ask for my credit card number. What day of the week were you making your reservation for? (Maybe there is a cancellation fee for only the weekends or something). I'm going on a Tuesday, and one thing I found particularly surprising (but greatly welcomed) was my reservation was a 1,000 point reservation. :) (Same with Art and Soul). I couldn't believe they were still offering 1,000 point reservations during Restaurant Week.

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                emmaleeb Jul 29, 2009 11:00 AM

                Whoa! What? I tried to make one on Tuesday and they asked for my credit card number, stating that there would be a $15 cancellation fee per person, and a $10 fee even if you gave 72 hours notice. It was for lunch though ... perhaps it's different for dinner? Maybe they took it down. I will try again.

                And congratulations! I didn't hit any 1,000 pointers :-(

                Where did you read about Vidalia's extension?

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                  Elyssa Jul 29, 2009 12:46 PM

                  I read about Vidalia's extension from Chef Cooper on DonRockwell.

                  I made my reservation on OpenTable sometime last week. It's for a Tuesday night.

          2. ktmoomau Jul 28, 2009 07:32 AM

            I went to Vidalia for RW a couple years ago and was so disappointed that many of the menu items had upcharges, but I have heard that they have stopped doing that in recent years. I don't really prefer either, but I would go to Vidalia over Georgia Brown's for restaurant week due to the fact that Vidalia would be a much better deal over their normal dinner prices.

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              foreverfoodie79 Jul 29, 2009 06:42 AM

              tosca has fabulous rabbit pappardelle if vidalia doesn't...

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              DCDeb Jul 27, 2009 09:57 PM

              Definitely Vidalia. Have been there for regular and RW. Always happy with it.

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                Elyssa Jul 27, 2009 02:28 PM

                I went to Georgia Brown's once for RW and thought the food was quite good. But my major memory was that is was SOOOOOO loud in there. It was totally filled to capacity and my boyfriend and I were practically screaming at each other in order to have a conversation. Our service and food was great. But it was too damn loud to be totally enjoyable.

                I'm hoping to check out Vidalia this year for Restaurant Week. I haven't been there in 6+ years and I hear they do RW right.

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                  littlew1ng Jul 27, 2009 02:35 PM

                  elyssa — if they have the rabbit pappardelle at vidalia when you go (and you don't have an opposition to eating rabbit) you should definitely get it. it was divine, leaps and bounds and leaps and bounds better than anything else we had there.

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                    Elyssa Jul 28, 2009 07:11 AM

                    Ooooo good to know! I have no objection what-so-ever to eating rabbit (nor most other things :) )

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                      alkapal Jul 29, 2009 05:34 AM

                      the rabbit was "leaps and bounds and leaps and bounds better"
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                      oh littlewing, LOL!!

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                      ps. mr. alka just had hare (or maybe they called it rabbit?) and pappardelle at i ricchi, and he loved it. but he likes the wabbits generally!

                  2. littlew1ng Jul 27, 2009 02:11 PM

                    i had a not-so-stellar restaurant week experience at vidalia, but have never been to g'brown's for restaurant week. i've always enjoyed it for regular dining, though.

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                      sfernando Jul 27, 2009 02:05 PM

                      IMHO, it's not even close: Vidalia. Many great meals there over the years, while Georgia Brown's has been just OK. Can't speak to Restaurant Week per se.

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