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Mintwood or District Kitchen???

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Elyssa Feb 29, 2012 07:35 AM

Hi Everyone,

My boyfriend and I have a birthday party in Adams Morgan this weekend and were interested in checking out one of the new restaurants in the area beforehand.

Both the menus at Mintwood and District Kitchen look great. Has anyone tried both (or either) and can give us a review/recommendation of which we should go with?

Also Mintwood appears not to take reservations. How difficult would it be to snag a table for two on a Saturday night (say around 7:30/8pm)? Same with District Kitchen if we choose not to make a reservation?

Thanks for your help!

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    donaldbabb RE: Elyssa Feb 29, 2012 01:26 PM

    Mintwood reservations http://www.mintwoodplace.com/reservat...

    I suggest you check the Washigton Post website -- it has reviews for both places.

    1. DanielK RE: Elyssa Feb 29, 2012 10:52 PM

      Haven't been to Mintwood yet, because the waits have gotten bad quickly on the weekends. But District Kitchen was very good, if not excellent on my visit there a few weeks ago. I think it's a very good spot for a pre-party meal, because they have lots of small plates you can assemble a meal out of if you don't want a app/entree/dessert setup. But I was there late on a Sunday, so I don't know what the waits would be prime time on a Saturday.

      1. hill food RE: Elyssa Mar 1, 2012 01:32 AM

        WaPo covered DK today (well Wednesday really - I'm up late)

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          Marty L. RE: Elyssa Mar 1, 2012 08:09 AM

          I think MP, but not DK, takes reservations for early and late tables.

          I've been to each once. DK was very good; but MP was better than that -- the dorade and the skate, in particular, were perfect. Weak spot of each, I thought, was the cocktails; but MP had good wines by the glass.

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            DanielK RE: Marty L. Mar 1, 2012 12:28 PM

            Second the weak cocktails at DK - sounded good on menu but not balanced well in glass.

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            Elyssa RE: Elyssa Mar 1, 2012 02:18 PM

            I was able to make reservation at Mintwood for 8pm---I guess they now take reservation on City Eats. I thought the menu looked more interesting and the write up in the Post sealed the deal. I'll make sure to report back.

            Would love to hear any reports on favorite items though.

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              Marty L. RE: Elyssa Mar 2, 2012 06:03 AM

              as I said, the fish dishes were fantastic the night I was there. Good, somewhat unorthodox key lime pie, too

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              Elyssa RE: Elyssa Mar 5, 2012 07:36 AM

              We went to Mintwood on Saturday night and I love, love, love this new restaurant!! I always loved Chef Maupillier's cooking at Central and his new restaurant doesn't disappoint.

              We had a late reservation (9ish) and when we got there the place was packed. Super loud, every seat filled, really "happening." Luckily we were off in a corner and the noise died down after a half hour when it started to clear out a bit. But on a Saturday night, this is not a quiet place.

              For starters we got the pickled deviled eggs and the smoked trout. The deviled eggs were really creamy and delicious---very different then others I've tried because the whites are put in pickling juice. (They turn pink!). You have to like pickling flavors to like this dish---which I do. The smoked trout was a really nice, light starter. It had a slaw and a horseradish sauce on top. Very good.

              For a main course I got the roast chicken----which is quite possibly the best roast chicken I've had outside of France. This was a simple dish done to perfection. It's served with just a few roasted vegetables, a whole head of roasted garlic (which I ate with the chicken) and pan gravy. It was comforting, juicy and delicious!

              My boyfriend got the salmon with lentils, mostly because our waitress said the lentils were to die for. This again was a wonderful simple dish done right. The salmon was crispy and perfectly cooked and the waitress was right, these were delicious lentils.

              For dessert we decided to go all out and get the hot fudge brownie sundae. This was a great, fun, decadent dessert. There were even sprinkles on top!!

              Overall it was a very enjoyable meal. Not overly expensive (all the entrees on the menu are under $30, except the pork, but that is meant to serve 2 people) and the service is quite good, considering they just opened a few weeks ago. I look forward to returning and trying a bunch of other items that looked good to me (hanger steak, chicken liver pate etc).

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