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Ris, Bluck Duck or Westend Bistro?

spinachandchocolate Oct 25, 2010 04:49 PM

Which would you choose for a dinner out? I tend to order fish/seafood and like healthier preparations.

Westend Bistro
1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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    startsev Oct 27, 2010 08:24 PM

    I have been trying to get to Blue Duck for quite some time and haven't been able to get a reservation. Haven't been to Westend Bistro. But Ris is great. I don't think you can go wrong there.

    Westend Bistro
    1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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      reiflame Oct 28, 2010 07:39 AM

      Blue Duck is not known for it's healthy/seafood preperations. I also haven't been to Westend so I would say RIS is probably your best choice.

      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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      1. re: reiflame
        daves_32 Oct 28, 2010 11:13 AM

        Westend Bistro has a great skate dish that is prepared in beer. Maybe not particularly healthy but an excellent skate.

        Westend Bistro
        1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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        Energy09 Oct 28, 2010 11:45 AM

        I like all three and the quality of food is somewhat similar, so I think it depends what atmosphere you want.

        Blue Duck is delicious, but more expensive than the other two and more known for meat than seafood. It is also a little bit fancier. I would pick Blue Duck for a bigger night out -- birthday, anniversary, etc.

        Westend is darker and more intimate. I would pick it for a date or for a meal with only a few people. I love the burger and the shrimp and grits.

        Ris is a bit more laid back. This is my everyday neighborhood place (I usually sit at the bar). The mussels and the lamb chop are excellent. Also, the homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie ice cream is incredible.

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        1. re: Energy09
          chefaddy Oct 29, 2010 08:42 PM

          I recently tried Westend and for a place that has Eric Ripert's name attached, I expected more awe. The salmon tartare appetizer was missing the fresh acidity and the slice of brioche underneath was too spongy/soggy.

          Is the food bad? No. It just seemed par for the course compared with the prices. I would be much more inclined to go to Blue Duck.

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