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Jan 12, 2010 10:17 AM

Non-RW Recommendations Needed

RW is a great idea. I encourage it. But I hate it. Service is often rushed, best items are often off the menu, ... It is not the same. So ... my question ... what is the best non-RW restaurant? [Price, value are not factors here].

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  1. Citronelle, Proof, Komi, Palena (back room), Central, Marcel's, cityZen?

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I'd add Corduroy and Brasserie Beck to that list.

      1. re: reiflame

        Thank you. These are all great places at which I have dined many times. I think my mind went blank after I called three places I wanted to go only to be told that they have "special" menus during restuarant week.

    2. I would go to Komi, Central, Brasserie Beck, Corduroy, or Palena.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I know that some people go to RW and do wine pairings for a special night on the town.
        My special night on the town would be avoiding RW and going to Brasserie Beck with beer pairings! I will go further and offer you my own pairing suggestion: A trippel on draft and the rabbit braised in kriek beer.

        1. re: daves_32

          If I were to answer this post yesterday at this time, I would include Brasserie Beck on my list. However, last night a group of us had an underwhelming experience there. We went precisely to avoid RW crowds etc, much like the OP. Our service was unfriendly and sometimes even cold. I was shocked because I usually find Beck's servers to be knowledgeable, talkative and helpful when it comes to the beer list and menu. Last night, if we got three or four words from our server at a time, it was a lot. Very bizarre.

          Usually, I am willing to forgive sometimes cold service for excellent food and Beck has never underwhelmed in this department either. However, I have to say that last night was mediocre, at best. My friend's lamb shank was dry and a little tough. I ordered the cassoulet, which is one of my favorite dishes anywhere, and it was very one note. No help offered on beer suggestions and when we asked for some advice we got one or two word responses. All in all, I was less than impressed, which is a shame because Beck is usually one of my favorites. Hopefully it was just an off night.

          1. re: caphil07

            I am sorry to hear that. Did you speak to someone about your concerns? I have had good luck with them accomodating me when I have had a miss there. It doesn't seem to me to be a place to totally write off.

      2. I recommend Creme on U st. They have a new chef ( he was at Mark & Orlando's) and from what I've seen he has revamped the menu. Hopefully though, he's kept the shrimp and grits. I'm planning on checking this place out this week as like you, I don't want to go to a RW restaurant this week but still want to dine out.

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        1. re: botnot

          Oh, so that may explain why I had such a terrible dinner at Creme a few weeks back. I was really disappointed. The lack of attention to detail for my and my boyfriend's entrees was quite shocking to me for that price point. Of course, my expectations are very high, so take this with a grain of salt. My ridiculously fatty short ribs (yes, I know they should be fatty, but this was truly excessive and it was so dark in the restaurant that I could barely see my plate to cut off the major fat sections) were served with tasteless, oil-drenched steamed vegetables. I was shocked. My boyfriend's roasted chicken was similarly uninspired, and served with the same offensive vegetables. My appetizer salad was fine, nothing special. And the coconut cake was pretty good, if you're okay with coconut extract. The texture was really nice.
          Although we live right down the street, we will NOT be returning to Creme for dinner. Maybe brunch though. My brunch experience a few years back was quite good. Though maybe this new chef will change that?

          1. re: hamster

            Your review sounds a bit scary and not much like the Creme I know. That's why I want to go to creme for dinner, I need to be reassured (hopefully) that things there are still good. I hope he didn't do much with the Brunch menu.

            1. re: botnot

              I would like to hear your review when you go. My experience may have been an off night, or it may be that my expectations are a bit too high since I so rarely spend $25 on an entree. But we were really both surprised by the mediocre level, after hearing the raves about this place for so long.