good dinner and GREAT dessert
i'm one of the fans of Cynthia's, which is now open on Montana Ave. i think the Blackberry Cobbler (the name does no justice) is the way to go, but i know someone else that loves the chocolate tart.
Chaya - chocolate croissant bread pudding or the banana banana banana
Primitivo - chai panna cotta
Mastro's - butter cake
Minotaur - bread pudding
Rock Sugar - banana custard cake
If you're willing to go farther east, lots of great stuff at Grace.
Cynthia's on the Corner has some a la carte options that will make it affordable in the sense that you can choose to have one fried chicken breast for 6 bucks and pair with a side.
Primitivo and Minotaure are tapas-style, so you can choose how much you want to eat and spend...
Rock Sugar has plates in the 20's range.
Mastro's is the most expensive of the list.
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