Shaw grazing: A&D and Thally
Dropped by that block of new eateries in Shaw, all that have sprouted up around Seasonal Pantry. My cocktail at A&D was just fine, and it was very relaxed and half-empty on a Friday evening; what a great respite if you're stuck without a place to sit somewhere on 14th Street!
Big disappointment eating at the bar at Thally. The service was amazingly slow, with no apologies or explanations, and the server was basically obnoxious. I would have forgiven all of this if the food were any good. Unfortunately, not the case. Basically none of the flavors were very good. The bread, which was just eh, was served with an odd lime-flavored butter. The burrata dish included a very disjointed spiced poached pear, whose flavor was just jarring in combination. The sope (2 itty bitty ones) were alright but served a bit cold, and I found the slightly blue-cheesey flavor of the "crema" not at all appealing. This place unfortunately reinforced my dining companion's complaints about how "high-end" food in DC is all hype.
I'm a shaw resident a few blocks from Thally (hence the handle), and unfortunately my experiences there have been similar to yours. I've been for dinner 3 or 4 times, and the food has never been great.
That said, I wouldn't put Thally in the "high-end" food scene. Take your friend elsewhere to show that we've got great food here.