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August Restaurant Week 2010

Does anyone know what the dates will be for Restaurant Week this summer?

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  1. I *think* it's the 22nd through the 28th, but don't hold me to it. All I'm basing this on is an email I received from J&G about it with the dates, and the reservation I subsequently made but then cancelled. I'm pretty sure it was for the 25th.

    Didn't find anything Googling it - there is surprisingly little hype this time around, no? If Kushi and/or Againn are participating, I may try to go back there. Or Estadio, since it just opened. Otherwise, I've come around to everyone else's thinking about restaurant week - it's a little overhyped.

      1. re: MakingSense

        Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week
        July 23 - Aug. 1

        http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/beth...

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        Chevy Chase
        6200 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707

        1. re: MoCoMe

          Is there any restaurant worth going to for B-CC restaurant week (where a $30 dinner is something out of the ordinary)?

          1. re: Doh

            Most of the deals even in DC really don't amount to much - at best maybe the equivalent of a free dessert. That's usually about all you get for being treated disdainfully by the help. (Which I really don't get - isn't the whole idea to attract new customers rather than alienate them?)
            I would expect Persimmon, Mortons, Tragara and perhaps even La Ferme are likely to be deals compared to their usual menu depending on the specific RW menu and your tastes. (For me, at least the first two are worth consideration.)
            Yes, Mortons is a chain, but a pretty good one if you like steak. Persimmon already offers a $30 three course dinner Sun-Wed, 5-6 pm, entire menu included. A good deal. You can already get deals at others as well at least this summer: For example, a $29 3 course dinner and glass of wine at Le Vieux or a $29 five course dinner at Chef Tonys (I have never been at either but how much of a risk can they be?)

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            Tragara
            4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

            La Ferme
            7101 Brookville road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

        2. re: MakingSense

          Now that we have dueling dates for DC Restaurant Week, can anyone chime in to nail down the dates? We know why Raids thinks his/her dates are correct. MakingSense, how did you learn about your dates?

          1. re: MakingSense

            MakingSense where did you get these dates from?

            1. re: Elyssa

              Those were the original dates for DC Beer Week. Got an email this week changing the dates for Beer Week so that it didn't conflict with DC Restaurant Week which has now been scheduled for 8/16 - 8/21.
              Gotta admit that I'm surprised that the Restaurant Association is late this year coming out with the dates. I don't work with them so have no way of knowing why the delay. It will be OK since everyone loves this event.

              DC Beer Week will be 8/22 - 8/28 with food and craft beer events all over the city. So you get two weeks of fun and great meals.

              1. re: MakingSense

                I imagine they should be announcing the dates soon, since we are basically a month out at this point.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  My guess? They usually do full page ads in local papers so they're rolling the entire thing out at once rather than in dribs and drabs. Announcing just the date at this point won't do them much good - doesn't say anything much - and will take the attention off the big announcement of the participating restaurants.

          2. Any links for participating venues?

              1. The official dates and participants have been announced: http://washington.org/restaurantwk/

                Fire up OpenTable NOW! :)

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  Thanks for confirming the dates! I'm looking at J & G for dinner on Sat. and then Blue Duck tavern for lunch on Sunday (although I know myself and will probably just end up ordering brunch off the normal menu). Thanks!

                  1. re: mjhals

                    I went to J & G this past winter for Restaurant Week and we had a wonderful meal. I couldn't normally afford the meal I ordered but at RW prices it was perfect. The steak was delicious, the cocktails were fun and the service was top notch. I highly recommend it.

                    Afterward make sure to head up to the POV bar on the roof for an after dinner cocktail and the best view of the city.

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      Glad to hear it; I booked J&G for RW this year. It's such a great restaurant normally and it's nice to know they don't throw in the towel for restaurant week.

                    2. re: mjhals

                      Hmmm, just got a call from BDT that they're not participating in RW on the 22nd, so I'm going to cancel that reservations. J&G on Saturday night and then BDT the next day may have been a little much anyway. Unfortunately just got a voicemail, so I couldn't ask why they're excluding one day of the week.

                      1. re: mjhals

                        Well if it is a Sunday they are only doing "Lunch" so that might qualify as "Brunch".

                      2. re: mjhals

                        I believe Blue Duck Tavern is only participating in Restaurant Week, Monday - Friday. Regular brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday.

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                        Blue Duck Tavern
                        1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                      3. re: Elyssa

                        Okay, this time I'm booking Birch & Barley for a weeknight dinner, J&G for Friday lunch, and RIS for Saturday night dinner. I'm so glad she decided to participate! I feel like brand new restaurants still try for restaurant week.

                        Rasika was pretty much completely booked already, naturally.

                        1. re: Raids

                          I'm sticking to lunch reservations this year. Ever since the price for dinner creeped up to $35 I find that it ends up being expensive to go to more than 1 dinner during the week.

                          I have made reservations at Bibiana, Oval Room, and Zola. Has anyone been to any of these restaurants for Restaurant Week? Any thoughts on these 3 restaurants?

                          I went to Bibiana in March and LOVED my meal there, so I thought it would be nice to try it again at a more affordable price. The Oval Room is one of those places that I haven't been but always mean to try out. And Zola is a restaurant I haven't been to in a looong time but always enjoyed it.

                          I was hoping to get to Kellari since they are right across from my office and is usually considered an expense account restaurant. Unfortunately they are only offering dinner this year.

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                          Bibiana
                          1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            Just went to Bibiana a few weeks ago and they have a pre-theater menu (3 courses) for $30 which is an excellent deal.

                            We had a stellar meal there and I still think about the salted caramel gelato.

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                            Bibiana
                            1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                            1. re: Jeserf

                              the Bibiana menu looks pretty boring - the pre-theater one is better. Ugh. We have accidental reservations at rasika. Anyone know if we can eat off the regular menu there during RW or should I cancel them? (we eat vegetarian, so our dinners there are usually the same price as RW or less)

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                              Bibiana
                              1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                              1. re: Jeserf

                                I would call to make sure they will have the regular menu before heading over there.

                                1. re: Elyssa

                                  yeah, I'm going to wait to see what is posted. Otherwise, I'll cancel the reservation.

                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                    I just saw the Coco Sala menu and it looked pretty veggie friendly.

                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                      Some colleagues and I hit Rasika for RW. The entire menu was also available.

                                      This was my first time dining at Rasika, and I thought the food was very good. The highly touted crispy spinach lived up to expectations, and the breads were great. Even dessert -- I got the carrot halwa -- which I rarely bother with at Indian restaurants, was good.

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

                                  2. re: Jeserf

                                    See I thought the Bibiana menu looked great...especially because there are so many items that are normally on the regular menu on the RW menu. I don't like when restaurant clearly create a whole new menu with cheaper cuts of meat etc just for RW. If at all possible, I like getting a taste of what a restaurant normally offers, just for a more affordable price.

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                                    Bibiana
                                    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                                2. re: Elyssa

                                  We had Bibiana reserved on Tuesday at 8, but just had to cancel due to a rained out softball game make-up, if anyone is interested (table for 2). Replacing it with Siroc on Thursday, their RW menu looks great (I love their poached pear for dessert and it's on the menu).

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                                  Siroc Restaurant
                                  915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                                  Bibiana
                                  1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                                  1. re: mjhals

                                    Just got back from Siroc (had to re-reschedule), and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Seriously, their pastas never disappoint, and tonight was no different even though they were pretty bustling with the RW crowds. I had the crab cake to start, which was good, and a small enough portion that you won't be too full to enjoy the rest of the meal. Husband had the potato torte which I preferred slightly over the crab cake- it just had amazing flavor and richness. I had the lobster stuffed rigatoni which was absolutely amazing, I'm already thinking about when I can go back and have it again. Good sized portion of rigatoni stuffed with chunks of very fresh, very sweet lobster meat and a little fennel. Finished with a very light and smooth (not thick) tomato sauce (with a little cream?) Really excellent dish. Husband had braised short rib agnolotti, which was excellent as well, would have paired so well with a hearty red wine (he prefers beer). And I love their poached pear for dessert. Service was excellent, on pair with their normal service, even though they were extremely busy with RW, Highly recommend for RW and beyond that, I think it's some of the best Italian in the city right now.

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                                    Siroc Restaurant
                                    915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                                    1. re: mjhals

                                      Did the lobster dish have an up-charge?

                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                        No upcharge for the lobster rigatoni, it's not big chunks of lobster, more like ravioli filling. I think Siro is pretty reasonably priced, so it's one of the places that isn't a huge bargain for RW (but for the quality I'd say it certainly is for the remainder of the year).

                                        Has anyone been to J and G Steakhouse this year for RW? They don't have their menu posted, so I'm curious what they're offering. They have their pre-theater menu posted, I'm wondering if it will be the same. The starters don't look too interesting to me (pea soup or watermelon/feta salad) for their pre-theater.

                                        1. re: mjhals

                                          I went to J & G Steakhouse for RW this past winter and thought it was great! I had a wonderful filet with a great dipping sauce. I thought the food and service was very good---and clearly it was a deal.

                                          1. re: mjhals

                                            J&G has a menu posted; there's a link to it on the front page. I've got reservations on Saturday. Hopefully it's as good as when we went last year for my birthday.

                                            1. re: reiflame

                                              Just got back from J&G; while the menu wasn't exactly the most enticing, every course was well executed, tasted great and the service was very nice.

                                              Glad to see they put a good foot forward for RW - they're such an amazing place regularly that it would be a shame to see them phone it in for RW.