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Mar 29, 2010 07:51 AM

What's New & Innovative?

Hello DC Hounds:

I'll be arriving for an annual jaunt to DC in a couple of weeks and am looking for good dinner recommendations (both new and old stand-bys are welcome). I'll be staying downtown and have fairly eclectic tastes. My price point is approx. $50-75 pp.

Many thanks, and I'm looking forward to my visit!

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  1. Minibar is the most eclectic eating event in the area, but reservations are a hard score. But you can call and get on the waiting list for a cancellation? It is inside Cafe Atlantico which is a little eclectic itself.

    Poste is doing a 20 bites menu at the bar that looks very innovative (although they clearly stole a course from minibar) for $75 pp. I don't know if there are reservations open?

    Birch & Barley and Churchkey are new.
    So is Ris, Againn, Plume. I haven't been to any yet.

    Cafe Atlantico
    405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

    1. Try Rasika for a very inventive and modern take on Indian food, and Brasserie Beck for wonderful mussels and frites and a great Belgian beer list.

      Churchkey is a new bar with a wonderful beer selection ... and so-so bar food. The beer is the reason to go; it's very popular -- there is often a line out front to get in for those who don't arrive early enough. Birch and Barley downstairs is said to have very good food and great desserts - I haven't been there yet.

      Masala Art is new and has excellent Indian food (take the Metro to Tenleytown).

      Rasika Restaurant
      633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Masala Art
      4441 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, MD 20016

      Birch and Barley
      1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005