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uwsister Jun 2, 2010 10:12 PM

Hi,

Decided to make a separate thread as it comes down to one decision - to do Vidalia this Saturday or not? We already have a res at Vidalia (not 24, unfortunately, had it been the case it would've been no brainer) but after reading more than a few average reviews on Yelp, I am a little concerned. Does anyone have a suggestion? Any cuisine OK except for Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and Korean. Looking for upscale to mid-range place (Vidalia's price range or lower) in Capitol Hill, Dupoint Circle, or Downtown Area. Must not be completely booked for this Saturday.

Or if you DO love Vidalia and think we should stick to it, please let me know why and tell me what you love there!

Thank you so much for your help!

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Vidalia
1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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  1. littlew1ng RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 06:15 AM

    hey, i replied to this on your other thread but wanted to make sure you see it...skip Vidalia and go to Plume. Completely different types of food, but similar atmosphere/prices and Plume (french) is a million times better.

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    Vidalia
    1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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      rappel75 RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 07:55 AM

      I just had a very good dinner at Vidalia, not table 24. Never been to Plume but they are obviously apples and oranges when it comes to types of food.

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        Elyssa RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 02:09 PM

        Personally my last meal at Vidalia was only so-so. I would go somewhere else (even though I've heard rave reviews about the Vidalia 24 I almost feel like that is a different meal).

        My recommendations would be to see if you can snag a reservation at Corduroy, Central, Rasika or Blacksalt.

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

        Vidalia
        1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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          mjhals RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 02:36 PM

          I've never been to Vidalia, so can't comment directly on that I'm afraid- but what about Equinox? I just heard they re-opened (on the WaPost Tom Siestema chat), although I don't see them on opentable yet. I went last summer and had the best salmon of my life there.

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          Vidalia
          1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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            uwsister RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 06:12 PM

            Thanks everyone. I made two back-up res at Proof and Corduroy. I'll make a decision in the next couple days. We already have a res at Central - can't wait!

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              Joe H RE: uwsister Jun 3, 2010 06:34 PM

              Vidalia is indeed, excellent. Chef Cooper won the James Beard award as best chef in the Mid Atlantic two years ago-this was before he started his 24 course chef's table. You should go to Vidalia. It is one of this city's absolute best.

              Did Yelp win a Beard award?

              And, wherever you don't go please make sure to call and cancel.

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              Vidalia
              1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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                uwsister RE: Joe H Jun 3, 2010 09:53 PM

                I don't put a whole lot of stock on Yelp reviews, but when there are many less-than-favorable reviews, there's usually a reason.

                And duh, of course I will cancel. Hence "I'll make a decision in the next couple days."

                Still hoping for a miraculous party-of-two cancellation for Vidalia 24. Girl can dream!

            2. crackers RE: uwsister Jun 9, 2010 07:14 PM

              Possibly "somewhere else" for now. Chef RJ Cooper has left Vidalia.

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              Vidalia
              1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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                uwsister RE: crackers Jun 25, 2010 05:24 PM

                Wow! That was unexpected. Hope he's merely taking his "24" elsewhere.

                Am resurrecting this old thread to thank you guys for great recs, we had dinner at Proof one night and Central the other, both fantastic except for overcooked duck dish at Proof (ordered medium rare, it came to us as medium-to-well, we sent it back, then it came super-rare. *sigh*) Loved Central in particular, it was super close to our hotel, waitress with a great attitude and knowledge about their sourcing, their fried chicken was all that cracked up to be, etc. Thank you again and hope to come back to D.C area soon!

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