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Feb 1, 2011 04:50 AM

Brasserie Beck left out?

I was just looking at the Washingtonian 100 Best list this morning. Did I just miss it or did Brasserie Beck not make the list? Is this a surprise to anyone else?

Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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  1. Nope.

    And if I'm remembering correctly, they are even on the list of restaurants that were taken off this past year, no?

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    1. re: Raids

      I missed the list talking about those that were left off the list. Based on my experience on these boards, most of us enjoy Beck. Just curious what everyone thinks is the rationale. The last time I had a full dinner, I had to send back the rabbit loin for being too salty. They were very apologetic though and brought me something else so no harm done. I just thought that Beck should be included because, IMO, it is the leader of the Belgian beer and food in the area.

      1. re: daves_32

        Hmmm...I don't have my copy on me, but I believe it's in an inset toward the end of the article. They took it off to make room for newcomers. For instance, there aren't that many beers at Beck that you can't get at Birch and Barley, the food I've had at Beck was just not great.

        From what I've seen opinions around here vary quite a bit - I have gotten the impression that it is a divisive subject. What I assume is that the people who like Beck have just been there on better nights than me, but I don't feel like that invalidates the not-so-great experiences that I've had. We didn't really have any specific complaints to be addressed about the things we ordered either time I've been there - it was just that nothing was really that great, everything was kind of bland. I also don't like the atmosphere in the restaurant, although the patio is nice.

    2. If they were left off I can't really understand why. I think they have consistently great food. They even changed around the menu a bit when I was there last (2 months ago). Given it's not particularly seasonal and they don't change the menus items that often but it's still very good.

      But then again I could think of a handful of restaurants I would replace Brasserie Beck with on the list (ahem Kushi).

      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I noticed that Siroc also got taken off the list this year -- has anyone noticed a downward trend over there? Would be a shame, as that has been a very dependable, reasonably priced lunch spot.

        I like Beck, but then again I always order the mussels so the rest of the menu might be lagging.

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

        1. re: Bob W

          I thought the hip atmosphere and the prices Beck charged were kinda out of line for a supposed Belgian bistro. I much prefer Wiedemyer's Brabo Tasting Room in Alexandria. Their mussels and tarts are very good, has a short menu, and service is very good. Only thing missing is they don't have a deep fryer for the fries, so they give you fresh baked bread (from their brick oven) instead.