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Farm to Table Recommendations

henmonster Dec 8, 2011 08:25 AM

Hello Chow Nation:

Thank you for your French bistro recommendations on a recent post. Now I'm coming to you with another fun query. Taking the Mrs. out for a romantic birhtday dinner and have reservations at Restaurant Eve. But I'm intrigued by the Farm Table seating at Vermillion and wondered if I've overlooked some terrific offerings out there that stress locavore fare done up with finesse. Variety, ambience, adventure and value are all sexy things -- so if you know a terrific tasting menu for the right price (or equivalent to three courses at Eve), then bring it on!

Thanks in advance.

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    hppyheather RE: henmonster Dec 8, 2011 08:55 AM

    We've only had wonderful experiences at Eola and found it to be more "farm to table" dining than most other offerings in the city.

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      Jeserf RE: henmonster Dec 8, 2011 09:13 AM

      Farm to Table? The Restaurant at Pawtomack Farms.

      Also, all of the restaurants in the goup that Vermillion is part of are fairly farm-to-table because they work with (or own?) a farm in Virginia that they source from - Arcadia.

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        henmonster RE: Jeserf Dec 8, 2011 10:17 AM

        Ah yes -- that's a great recommendation. I looked into it a while back and it just didn't stay on my radar.

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          reiflame RE: Jeserf Dec 9, 2011 06:38 PM

          Seconded Patowmack Farm; the food is very good and the setting is beautiful.

        2. ktmoomau RE: henmonster Dec 8, 2011 09:48 AM

          You do know that Restaurant Eve will also be very centered on local premium ingredients. That is part of chef Armstrong's ethic. The food at Eve really is amazing. http://www.americanfarmtotable.com/ev...

          I haven't eaten at Vermillion, but the Neighborhood Restaurant Group has very solid restaurants. Would they beat Restaurant Eve- not sure on that one.

          Not sure how farm to table Palena is, but that would definitely be comparable- look at the back room menu, not the cafe (while good the back room is closer to an Eve experience).

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            henmonster RE: ktmoomau Dec 8, 2011 10:13 AM

            Thanks and yes, of course -- I know of Chef Armstrong's values and share them. I just want to see what other options are out there -- so keep 'em coming.

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            Elyssa RE: henmonster Dec 8, 2011 12:06 PM

            Equinox always has a wonderful tasting menu with fresh ingredients for the season. If you let them know ahead of time that it's a special occasion they will treat you very, very well.

            That said, 4 years ago I had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Restaurant Eve.

            1. CFByrne RE: henmonster Nov 18, 2013 10:28 AM

              Coming in to DC in December.

              Love Fork and Wrench and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore.

              Reviving this older DC thread, I see Eola is closed. Pawtomack would be too far.

              Restaurant Eve and Vermillion look really good.

              Any other related ideas... possibly in DC itself rather than Alexandria (not that that's a problem really).

              As you can see I'm looking at farm to table type places. Not stuffy is a plus. Good craft beer is a plus. Price not a big issue.


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                CFByrne RE: CFByrne Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM

                We've also loved Gramercy Tavern in NY, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, and Michael's Genuine in Miami... if that helps.

                (No wise cracks about changing our trip destination please). :-)

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                  stockholm28 RE: CFByrne Nov 18, 2013 07:44 PM

                  I haven't been there in years, but Restaurant Nora is organic with lots of local food.

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                    Indy 67 RE: stockholm28 Nov 19, 2013 03:38 AM

                    Sietsema has been praising Nora's return to excellent cooking in his Wednesday chats. This restaurant began the organic, local, seasonal movement in the area but seemed to be doing little more going through the motions for a while. Sietsema claims the place is now better than ever.

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                      Elyssa RE: stockholm28 Nov 19, 2013 07:53 AM

                      Restaurant Nora is delicious...I went this past summer for the first time (finally) and I thought it was wonderful. Equinox is also still great for seasonal regional cuisine. Both of these places are on the higher end of course, but they are well worth the expense.

                      P.S. Michael's Genuine is also a personal favorite!

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                    Doh RE: CFByrne Nov 19, 2013 05:10 AM

                    Dino takes farm to table seriously, is not stuffy and has a decent beer list.

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                    Elder Berry RE: henmonster Nov 18, 2013 12:00 PM

                    Patowmack Farm out in Loudoun Co. is a unique experience...it really is a farm with a classy kitchen!

                    Also in the same vein is the Ashby Inn, out in the tiny Fauquier town of Paris, VA, which has got a new chef but has always had great local sourced food. It has the advantage of being a B&B so you can imbibe and stay over.

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                      Just Visiting RE: Elder Berry Nov 18, 2013 12:56 PM

                      If Patowmack is too far, then Ashby is out, too.

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                        CFByrne RE: Elder Berry Nov 19, 2013 01:17 AM

                        Thanks Elder but you must have missed this part of my post:

                        "Pawtomack would be too far. Any other related ideas... possibly in DC itself rather than Alexandria.

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                          VaPaula RE: CFByrne Nov 19, 2013 03:29 AM

                          How about Ris? We've been several times and never been disappointed. Everything tastes so bright & fresh.

                      2. monkeyrotica RE: henmonster Nov 19, 2013 05:23 AM

                        My two experiences at the Society Fair demo kitchen have been really enjoyable. Definitely not as high-end as some of the chef's tables around town, but not as expensive either, and I've never left hungry. And their sommalier knows his stuff.


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                          aaamanda RE: henmonster Dec 31, 2013 10:10 AM

                          They don't have a tasting menu (that I know of), but I really like Founding Farmers. They are farm-to-table with serious cocktail know-how. And not crazy-expensive, either. Been there twice, and loved it both times.

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