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Marcel's or Proof

Gatorandredraidr Apr 7, 2014 06:50 PM

Help! I have been scouring chowhound and trip advisor trying to decide which one to dine at. Coming in town and husband and I have reservations at both right now.
Have eaten at many other restaurants mentioned frequently on board.
The charcuterie at Proof sounds wonderful and that is one of our favorite things to order. We do NOT want to spend three hours eating though. It looks like Proof is all tasting courses ? Or can you order a la caret? The menu on site wasn't very clear.
We love any food. They both just sound so good! Which do you suggest? Price not a consideration. Thanks!!!

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    knitone RE: Gatorandredraidr Apr 8, 2014 04:02 AM

    I have eaten at Marcel and it was very good.

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      Steve RE: Gatorandredraidr Apr 8, 2014 04:51 AM

      Proof is a la carte. The small plates are extremely well excuted and more of a lure for me.

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        knitone RE: Steve Apr 8, 2014 04:58 AM

        Steve, have you tried the tasting menu? Would you do that or just order your own selection of small plates?

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          Steve RE: knitone Apr 8, 2014 06:00 AM

          I would only do a tasting menu if I were alone or there was no choice. With another person, any restaurant can be turned into a 'tasting menu.'

          Furthermore, I don't go to restaurants as my theatre. I am generally not in the market for long, elaborate meals.

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            Gatorandredraidr RE: Steve Apr 8, 2014 07:23 AM

            Thanks kniton and Steve. Agree with you Steve than any restaurant can be turned into a tasting menu. Just don't want a long drawn out dinner for this night. Also my husband does not care for small plates generally as he never seems to leave with a full stomach.

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              Worldwide Diner RE: Gatorandredraidr Apr 8, 2014 08:28 PM

              Order more food.

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        Elyssa RE: Gatorandredraidr Apr 9, 2014 06:37 AM

        You can order ala carte at Proof. You could just order charcuterie and cocktails/wine if you want.

        Marcel's on the other hand is all tasting menus but I believe there is a 3-course option. With Marcel's you could be in and out of there quickly---but I don't know why you would want to. Personally I would choose Marcel's----there is no comparison of the two. Marcel's is one of the best restaurants in DC---wonderful, high-end French/European cuisine at it's finest.

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