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DC Restaurant Week-January 2011

It's that time of year again.....the dates for the 2011 Winter Restaurant Week have been announces: January 17th-23rd.

The full list of restaurants can be found here: http://washington.org/restaurantwk/

Note that January 17th is MLK Day. This could affect your planning, for example I made a reservation for Bourbon Steak...a place I usually can't get to during the day since it's in Georgetown.

I also made a lunch reservation for Casa Nonna.

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  1. I have a rez at rasika and RIS
    called blue duck tavern but they aren't taking RW rez for 2 more days. they said they are still working out details and may offer RW dinner this year.

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    RIS
    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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    1. re: MoCoMe

      I went to RIS last year for RW lunch. It was great! Tons of food...I think I had a salad for dinner, if anything.

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      RIS
      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

      1. re: MoCoMe

        My husband phoned Blue Duck Tavern just a little while ago and learned the is planning to offer the RW deal fewer days than currently stated on the web site. Specifically, the restuarant will only offer lunch Monday through Friday. (At the moment, the offer includes Saturday lunch.) There is no plan to offer dinner.

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

      2. Woohoo! We now have reservations for dinner at Againn and Kaz Sushi.

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        1. re: SandyCat

          Dinner at Againn in DC was great! They had quite a bit of the regular menu on the RW menu, which was encouraging. I started with the beet salad, which was yummy, light; a decent start. My boyfriend started with the country pate, which we both found to be tasty, but a bit one-dimensional. Not sure if the mustard it came with masked the complexity, but it's country pate... it should be nice and strong in all its flavors. For entrees, I had the pork belly with cracklins, and that was super yummy, especially with the grits and pork jus. I found it to be a tiny bit oversalted, but I definitely still devoured the whole thing in record time. Boyfriend had the hangar steak with some sort of compound butter and fries, and it was excellent. Steak was tender, butter was a great addition, and fries were crisp and hearty. For dessert, I had the banoffee pie, which came in a cute little jar and was simple and delicious. Boyfriend had the sticky toffee pudding, which was also done quite well. Overall grade: B+ It was generally quite good, even with RW craziness, and the RW pricing seemed good, but nothing completely floored me, and it seems like at full price, it might seem less enticing. It's tasty pub favorites done really well, with a locavore/eco-friendly eye, but it's still pub food.

          The next night, we went to Kaz Sushi Bistro. Had the scallop ceviche to start (good, too much onion), some toro, salmon, and seared salmon belly nigiri (fave was the salmon belly, others were tasty), and a spicy tuna roll and an unagi roll (meh), and for dessert, had espresso tapioca (tasty) with bourbon ice cream (lies! was not bourbony at all). Boyfriend had salmon carpaccio (tasty, but not spectacular), and I'm not sure I remember the rest of what he had until dessert, at which point, he had lychee sorbet with some other stuff in it. If this review doesn't sound enthusiastic, it's because it isn't. Overall grade: B/B- Not spectacular, not underwhelming, just whelming? The quality of the fish was fine, which is why the nigiri was tasty, but the rolls were very boring, and the desserts didn't impress me at all. And since I wasn't so absorbed by the food, I had time to notice that the ambiance wasn't very good. The speaker system sounded tinny, the actual restaurant felt like a dental office in terms of acoustics and wall decorations, and the lighting was too bright for dinnertime.

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          Kaz Sushi Bistro
          1915 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

        2. Looks like reservations for Rasika are already gone for the entire week. Boo!

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          1. re: startsev

            You may want to try calling the restaurant directly.

          2. I noticed last night that Blue Duck Tavern is taking rez at opentable for RW. So the hostess did not give me accurate info.

            We have to go to AGAINN in Jan to use up a groupon (or something like that) offer. Love the corned beef!

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

            AGAINN
            1099 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            1. re: MoCoMe

              Againn is great. You just might want to double check that you can use the GroupOn during Restaurant Week. Many GroupOn's have restrictions for this type of thing in the fine print.

            2. Yeah, Ris was great during RW last summer. This time, I booked reservations at 701 and Birch & Barley.

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              1. re: Raids

                Have you been to 701 for RW before? I always have it on my list and I always end up elsewhere. It's one of those places that I keep saying I need to try but never get there. I'm curious if their RW is worth splurging on since I usually only try to do 2 lunches now that they have raised the price.

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    I went to 701 for RW last summer for dinner. They had most of their menu available. Very good!

                    1. re: spinachandchocolate

                      Do you remember if they offered their steak on the menu last year?

                      1. re: xena1441

                        They offered their whole menu, maybe with one one or two up charges for certain items.

                        1. re: xena1441

                          Also, just an FYI, our table ordered the steak and the venison last time, and we all thought the venison was the real standout, even my beef-and-potatoes husband.

                          This time, I'm not leaving without ordering the proscuitto-wrapped quail - the person who ordered it last time was not a sharer (don't get me started), and it looked amazing.

                      2. re: Elyssa

                        I have not, but I've heard good things about their RW menu from people in the industry and figured I'd give it a shot since I had a really great time when I was there for dinner.