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Oct 20, 2010 11:09 AM

PJ Clarkes -- K Street Now Open

Anybody got any first reports??

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  1. The menu reminds me of Billy Martin's in G'Town, a non-chain.

    I can't imagine how this place could be good, hope I'm wrong.

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    1. re: KevinS

      I didn't want to go to PJ Clarke's, but a couple friends were a bit insistent, so i tried it. It was not good. Three people had burgers, and one a chopped salad. The burgers came out on these tiny plates (weird!) with no fries, or chips or nothing. They were sort-of greasy and the rolls..... oh, the rolls. They have better rolls at McDonalds. Plain white bread roll, no sesame seeds, not toasted, nothing.

      The sides were also a nothing special. The best part of the meal was probably the pumpkin pie we shared, which the waiter told us was not made in-house.

      Also, a waiter was lifting a table next to us (over his head) and moving it to a different part in the restaurant. In the process he whacked a glass light fixture, which shattered and sent glass everywhere. The waiter and managers were quick to see if everything was ok, and it was, but this could have seriously hurt someone.

      I'm mostly disappointed that the restaurant I wanted to try was the cafe at Palena... next time I wont' give in!

      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    2. Sorry for the reply to an old thread but went to dinner there tonight (Mother is in town and seemed like a safe bet) and it was really bad. I really don't think anything was made in house. The caesar salad was clearly out of a bag. The calimari were cut in large chunks, something i've never seen before. I assume cut and frozen. I got the French Dip Sandwich. The beef was ok but the "jus" was clearly their french onion soup. I assume this means that the beef was not roasted in house so they had no cooking jus. And while not terribly expensive it was not worth the price at all. I mean, almost 14.00 for the french dip sandwich served with stale chips? Not so much. Service was good though, so that was nice.

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      1. re: cambridgeMike

        Good to know, as I go here somewhat often, but only for the raw oysters and beer during happy hour (hard to screw up raw oysters). So if I get hungrier some time, I will just leave and go elsewhere! I do like the ambiance and the bartenders, though - and their oyster selection is pretty good.

      2. Is this the PJ Clarkes from NYC???

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        1. re: c oliver

          Yes, but it feels nothing like it to this former New Yorker.

        2. As someone who doesn't know any better (never been to the NYC location), I go here not rarely for lunch. I'd put it on par with, say, Clyde's, and it's a little pricier. One day I got the gumbo, though, and it was pretty great. Otherwise, yeah, I'd say it's as described. Service is good.

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          1. re: Raids

            I'm a transplanted New Yorker living in Baltimore. Used to frequent PJ's on 3rd Ave back in the late 60's,early 70's. Jackie O and others used to drop in. hamburgers were great and so were the hash brown potatoes. Visited the NY place again about 2 years ago. Needless to say, Jackie O was gone and so unfortunately were the great burgers and potatoes. can't imagine the new DC place is much better.

            1. re: michael4ny

              There was a period of time, in the '70s, that having the bartender at PJ's know your name and your usual drink was about the largest badge of honor anyone could possibly acheive in all of NYC.