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Any DC Restaurants Serving Beef or Lamb Shank?

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After watching yet another episode of the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, I now have an insatiable craving for beef or lamb shank. I want meltingly tender meat falling off the bone that has been slowly braised for hours on end. Can anyone provide restaurant recommendations for where I can order this in DC?

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  1. That show is like a gateway drug. I have heard the Food Network described as porn for food lovers - and that show definitely fits the bill!

    I don't have a specific beef or lamb shank recommendation - but last weekend I had the most amazing pork shank at Rosa Mexicana's at the National Harbor. It was scrumptious! The mixed drinks were great (pricey - but typical DC) and my date's short ribs were equally delicious! ... and of course, if you have been there, you know their tableside guacamole is a must have.

    Hope you find what you are looking for ...keep me posted!

    1. Lebanese Taverna has a great lamb shank on the menu, I think the dish is called Mouak perhaps? I had it a couple weeks ago in their Arlington location, but I assume it is on there DC menu too. It comes in a light tomato sauce with bulghur pilaf.

      If Tosca has it on their menu right now, theirs is fantastic, really, really fantastic.

      1. Man, I had the best lamb (any part) of my life when I had the lamb shank at the Majestic in Old Town Alexandria. It was on their winter 2008/2009 menu, and it hasn't been back since. I'm seriously contemplating begging them to bring it back this coming fall/winter.

        I haven't been able to find other restaurants that serve it braised either. Not too crazy about tomato sauce with lamb, as I prefer a "gravy" made from the shank's own juices or lamb/beef stock. But may be desperate enough to try the one at Lebanese Taverna soon...

        1. Try Central, I know they had lamb shank on the menu in the winter/fall and it was amazing! My husband ordered it twice in a row.

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          1. re: mjhals

            I have had this, it is really good. Very rich, but really good. Also I know Sette Bello in Arlington often has it with risotto, you might see if Sette in Dupont has it too?

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            Sette Bello
            3101 Wilson Blvd Ste 100, Arlington, VA 22201

          2. Lyon Hall, the new Alsatian restaurant on Washington boulevard in Calendon, has lamb leg on the menu.