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Looking for a DC restaurant with good Summer Menu

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dc_col Jul 8, 2011 09:54 AM

I'm in a supper club where other members challenge each other to find a particular cuisine. The challenge presented to me was a good summer menu - light, seasonal fare, that must include a cold soup, preferrably something other than gazpacho. I've done numerous searches, but searching for "cold soup dc" only got me so far, and many results were out of date. Any restaurant suggestions that fit my challenge would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Jeserf Jul 8, 2011 10:25 AM

    At first I thought Dino simply because of the wonderful use of summer produce but I don't think have a cold soup.

    However, looking online it looks like Palena Cafe has asparagus vichyssoise as well as a couple other items that look very summery. I'd try that.

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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      dc_col Jul 8, 2011 11:08 AM

      Thanks, Jeserf! I know Dino has a great menu, but one of our supper club rules is to not go to the same restaurant twice, and we've already crossed that one of the list. Other restaurants that the group has been to are:
      Zengo, Mourayo, Bombay Club, Zaytinya, Hook, Corduroy, Rustico, Cava Mezze, Tallula, Nicaro, Visions, West End Bistro. Founding Farmers, Thai X-ing, Proof, Ris, Mio, Estadio

      I'll check out the menu for Palena.

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      Elyssa Jul 8, 2011 10:30 AM

      Equinox changes it's menu regularly with local, seasonal ingredients. They also almost always have a soup option (they have excellent soups!). Not sure if it is cold but you can check their menu.

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        MrsWheatie Jul 8, 2011 10:59 AM

        Contact Corduroy and explain your challenge (you never know). He makes wonderful soups and seasonal fare.

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        Corduroy
        1122 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          msr3017 Jul 8, 2011 11:33 AM

          Ripple has the following soup on its summer menu:

          chilled corn soup, charred octopus, gaeta olives, cilantro 9

          Sounds pretty yummy to me!

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            Guy Incognito Jul 8, 2011 12:22 PM

            Ripple is great, especially since Logan Cox started cooking there. The menu is definitely seasonal and changes often, so there's no guarantee that soup will be on the menu....

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            hppyheather Jul 9, 2011 12:36 PM

            Also look into Eola. They do a daily changing menu, so if you put in a call ahead of time to the chef, you may be able to get them to craft a menu just for your group. My meal there was outstanding.

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              dc_col Jul 9, 2011 02:42 PM

              Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think Ripple looks best for our group, but all the other restaurants listed look great - I will definitely try to check them out soon!

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                mselectra Jul 10, 2011 02:58 PM

                Just to add to your list -- I had a cold cucumber soup at Cashion's last week (I think) that I enjoyed a lot. My partner had a soft shell crab there that he really liked, too, fyi, so it was pretty summery menu. Also, maybe not the kind of place you're looking for, but we go to Radius in Mount Pleasant a lot ($5 pint and slice happy hour special is fantastic) and they've had a seasonal cold soup for a while -- asparagus last month and now cucumber. They always have a seasonal pizza, too, etc.

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                reiflame Jul 9, 2011 04:37 PM

                Would you consider Bethesda? Because I went to Grapeseed last night and they have a corn tasting menu with a cold avacado soup that was really lovely.

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                Grapeseed
                4865 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

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