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Aug 01, 2008

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bcarter3

This will be terribly helpful in planning the week. Thank you for bringing all this information together!

SA

Rasika is extending restaurant week too - up until the 23rd.

nlm

Just had dinner at Farrah Olivia and the Restaurant Week menu is the same as the Spring Three Course Prix Fixe Menu listed on the Special Menu section (under Menus) of the Farrah Oliva website.

Kimberly

I know this is still a work in progress, but I'm curious about the RW menu for Morrison Clark Inn. I've only been there once (non-RW) and it was wonderful and am wondering what they are offering (or at least typically offer) for Restaurant Week. Thanks!

Jon

Does that mean no dinner at Hook?

scott

I just called Il Mulino to make a reservation for this weekend. I know that it can be hit or miss, but they do have some great (and really expensive) dishes. When I called, they informed me that they have extended restaurant week for all of August, but they said that their full menu is available during RW, but is not included int he RW price. He didn't tell me the menu, just that it included "a lot of options." Maybe you could have better luck getting the details.

Mike Bober

Sorry, Jon - for the second Restaurant Week in a row, Hook is doing lunch only.

Last time, Barton Seaver actually created a unique menu for Restaurant Week with some really creative dishes.

Unfortunately, he has now departed Hook (and there are rumors that his chef de cuisine, Joshua Whigham, is leaving as well). It'll be interesting to see how they do with this RW coming so close to their staff change.

Jen

Joshua Whigham is gone. According to Sietsma's chat, he left to follow his girlfriend to NYC.

JC

DC Coast has posted their menu:

Lunch ($20.08) Includes Your Choice of the Following Appetizers:
Mixed Green Salad
Caesar Salad
Clam Chowder
Golden Tomato Gazpacho
Soup Du Jour
Warm Balsamic Shrimp
For Your Main Course You May Select Any of the Entrees From Our Lunch Menu.
There Is An Additional Charge of $5 for the Lobster Roll and $9 for the Crabcakes.
Your Dessert Options Are Listed Below.

Dinner ($35.08) Includes Your Choice of the Following Appetizers:
Mixed Green Salad
Caesar Salad
Clam Chowder
Golden Tomato Gazpacho
Soup Du Jour
Warm Balsamic Shrimp
 For Your Main Course You May Select Any of the Entrees From Our Dinner Menu.
There Is An Additional Charge of $9 for the Chinese Style Smoked Lobster.  
Your Dessert Choices Are Listed Below.
Key Lime Cheesecake
Almond Creme Brulee
Chocolate Pound Cake

JoeN

Hey guys....

I've been compiling my own list of Extended RW places for the Weekly Dinner - DC group [culled a few from yours, but also from DonRockwell.com and my own email lists I belong to. Maybe confirm as well?:

1 week
Jaleos (all locations)
Cafe Atlantico
CoCo. Sala [short one - 8/20]
Rasika [slightly short - 8/23]
Mie n Yu
Indebleu
Le Bergerie
Oyamel
Teatro Goldoni [short one - 8/19]
Willow [slightly short - 8/23]
Zaytinya
Zengo
701

2 weeks
Dino - August 31
PS 7's - August 30
Beacon Bar and Grill - August 31
POSH - August 30
Tabaq Bistro - August 31

Very Long Extension
Farrah Olivia - Aug. 1st through Sept. 22

JoeN

Hey guys....

I've been compiling my own list of Extended RW places for the Weekly Dinner - DC group [culled a few from yours, but also from DonRockwell.com and my own email lists I belong to. Maybe confirm as well?:

1 week
Jaleos (all locations)
Cafe Atlantico
CoCo. Sala [short one - 8/20]
Rasika [slightly short - 8/23]
Mie n Yu
Indebleu
Le Bergerie
Oyamel
Teatro Goldoni [short one - 8/19]
Willow [slightly short - 8/23]
Zaytinya
Zengo
701

2 weeks
Dino - August 31
PS 7's - August 30
Beacon Bar and Grill - August 31
POSH - August 30
Tabaq Bistro - August 31

Very Long Extension
Farrah Olivia - Aug. 1st through Sept. 22

David

Does anyone have any information on Equinox?

Mike Bober

I just spoke with the folks at Equinox and their menu is set:

First Course (choice of one):
Three Onion Salad with Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
Rappahannock Corn Chowder with Gulf Shrimp

Entree (choice of one):
Barbecued Scottish Salmon with Summer Corn
Grilled Hanger Steak with Wilted Romaine

Dessert (choice of one):
Truffle Chocolate Cake
Marinated Berries

susan

any word on Notti Bianche? The Restaurant week website says they are participating, but their page doesn't say anything one way or the other as to whether they are serving a limited menu?

does anyone have any positive or negative previous RW thought about them?

rrb

any news about the menu at the four seasons restaurant?

Anna

Any word on the menu at Charlie Palmer Steak?

Mike Bober

Charlie Palmer's regular prix-fixe lunch menu is available on their site at http://www.charliepalmer.com/steak_dc/menu.php?i=272. It's normally $25, but it will be $20.08 during Restaurant Week.

Their PR team was supposed to send us their menus, but we haven't seen them yet.

Caraleigh

I'm trying to entertain an out-of-town guest with some dietary restrictions during RW; namely, no refined sugar. Very unrefined/honey/maple syrup/etc is ok -- but unfortunately, this disqualifies most desserts offered by RW restaurants.

Menu-perusing has he stumped so far. Does anyone with past RW experience know of a restaurant which might be better for organic/less-refined sugar dessert choices?

Bill

Does anyone know what Olives will be serving for lunch? I just noticed they are on RW. I had made reservations for PS 7 because the menu looks great but I've always wanted to eat at one of Todd English's restaurants.

We are in from out of town for a few days and really thrilled to find RW going on. I just made reservations for Dino for Monday night dinner since it's near our hotel.

A

Does anyone know anything about Le Mistral? It's on the list for restaurant week but I don't think it has been on the list before?

Raquel

Has anyone been to the Oceanaire for RW that can tell talk a little about the menu they offer? Thanks!

Cathy

Ruth's Chris menu is as follows:

House Salad

Choice of:
Petite Filet
Salmon
Stuffed Chicken

Choice of:
Sauteed Mushrooms
Spinach
Mashed Potatoes

Choice of:
Chocolate Sin Cake
Bread Pudding
Raspberry Sorbet

Ania

I just went to Oceanaire for RW last night and can share the following.

Choice of:
Mixed Green salad
Cesar Salad
Gazpacho

Choice of:
Grilled Salmon
Halibut with sautéed onion and blue cheese sauce
Rockfish with crispy shrimp (and some sauce that I do not remember)

Choice of:
Chocolate Pave with raspberry sauce
Strawberry sorbet
Bread Pudding


Now my review :)
The service was very nice and attentive. The waiter however was not very good at recommending any dish as was asked.

Upon seeing the mixed salad, it was mainly lettuce and red cabbage. Definitely very plain and not what I would expect of Oceanaire. The gazpacho was served in a tiny cup and tasted ok, but this would not be a place I would buy gazpacho again. The Cesar salad was probably the best option of the appetizers. The second course fish was nice, but it comes with no sides so you have to order those ala cart and make sure you specify small if you just want a small serving (still can share for 2). If you do not specify the waiter will automatically bring the large serving. We had mashed potatoes, string beans with almonds, and creamed corn. You can skip the mashed potatoes as they are fine but nothing to die for. The veggies were good but beware that the creamed corn was extremely sweet so you must like it that way.

For desert all option were really great and decent size.

I ended up ordering the crab cakes dinner as the RW menu did not impress me for the $35 price with appetizers that were subpar and me not really being a desert fiend. The crab cakes were excellent. 2 for $32 so ended up cheaper than the RW since I still had to order the side dishes. The check came in at $169. We did have 2 drinks each and one was $19 for Hennessey which I think is really really high.

mary

My husband and I just went to Il Mulino this evening for restaurant week and it was FANTASTIC. Before even ordering, we were presented with several small plates (in addition to our bread basket): fried zucchini with olive oil, several pieces of salami?, 2 small pieces of garlic bread, 2 pieces of bruschetta, and our waiter carved us 2 small chunks of fresh parmesan cheese. RW menu (I may have forgotten a few choices)...

Starters:
1. Mixed green salad
2. Eggplant Rotellini
3. Caprese (buffalo mozzarella/tomato)

Entrees:
1. Chicken Fra Diavolo
2. Ravioli Porcini
3. Veal Marsala
4. Salmon

Dessert:
1. Tiramisu
2. Flourless Chocolate Cake
3. Cheesecake

With our desserts, we were brought a complimentary glass of strawberry grappa.

Service was impeccable and fast! What a bargain for restaurant week! (Dinner for 2 including 2 glasses of wine was $100 prior to tip).

mary

What is recommended for a weekend lunch/brunch? Anyone been to Hook or Acadiana?

rrb

I went to Seasons tonight--it's a beautiful space, although the Restaurant Week offerings were on the scant side.
There were two options for everything (excuse me if I misremembered something:

Choice of appetizer:
tuna tartare
"duo of tomato" (gazpacho shooter+tomato/mozarella/basil
Choice of entree:
halibut with fingerling potatoes& beans
roast chicken with asparagus and potato puree
Choice of dessert:
-apricot tart
-a cremeux of passion fruit, chocolate pudding, crispy topping

Service was very good, as were both appetizers. Dessert (particularly the passion fruit/chocolate parfait thing) was spectacular. Unfortunately, I wasn't crazy about my halibut entree. It was bland.

Bill

My family and I had lunch today at PS 7's. It was excellent. For starters, my son and I had the tuna sliders and my wife and daughter had Sarah's Salad. Both were great (the sliders were amazing). For entrees, we have the trout, fried chicken, short ribs and tomato mozzarella focaccia open sandwich. They were all great, but I will mention that I took one piece of the fried chicken to the Nats game with me tonight and found it was not cooked all the way through (red around the bones). Strangely, it was the smaller piece of dark meat - the huge breast was fully cooked, maybe even slightly overcooked.

We tried all 3 desserts (fruit crisp, which was apples and strawberry even though the waiter told us it was just strawberry, beignets, and chocolate souffle cake. All were excellent, but the chocolate cake came with some sort of bourbon cream that neither we nor the women at the neighboring table liked (I heard them tell the waiter they did not like it).

The meal was a major bargain at $20 and I definitely recommend that people check them out.

Only complaint other than the undercooked chicken - they give you some really good biscuits that have bacon and some other meat in them. They should warn people about that, especially when there are members of the party who have ordered an entirely vegetarian meal. The little rolls that they also give are also very good.

dd

Went to 701 for RW. Inviting place and good food (but not great). The crispy tuna roll and the short ribs were the highlights. Dessert and service were the low points.

Jen

Went to Zaytinya Monday night for RW and was pretty disappointed overall. My mistake may have been not sticking with the waiter's recommendations. First course was baba gannoush for me, fattoush for my friend, both were good, nothing spectacular. We both had the chicken w/walnuts and cilantro for the second course. It was cold, basically a glorified (and not that much at that) chicken salad. Least favorite dish. Third course for both of us was the shrimp with dill sauce - outstanding. Last course was scallops for my friend (perfectly cooked, good overall) and the beef for me. Mine was good, but was too heavily seasoned in some places and didn't have enough sauce. When you had the right amounts of both, it was really good - and it was also cooked perfectly. We got 1 each of the 2 desserts, both were very good but I would recommend the ice cream over the apricot dish. I had 2 good glasses of wine - a sauv blanc and a tempranillo/cab blend, but unfortunately those brought my total bill with tip up to about $70.

I've heard comments about Zaytinya going downhill a bit recently. I probably wouldn't choose to go back, but if invited would go. I'd stick to what was recommended though.

To Bill - I don't think your chicken was overcooked. Dark meat left on the bone is often red near the bone. By the way, I love PS 7's. Chef Peter Smith is awesome and I'm never disappointed when I eat there.

Dotts

My review for IL MULINO for RW lunch is unfavorable. The hostess was discourteous and the service was terribly poor. We were five minutes late for our appointment and she refused to give us a table. We questioned her decision and pointed that the place is not in capacity - it was 1:50pm and the lunch crowd has subsided. Then, all of a sudden someone cancelled and we can be seated. Coincidence or what?

Once seated, we waited for 10 minutes to have the bread with zucchini/eggplant (not sure), and it took our waiter another 20 minutes to take our order. By the way, we only saw him twice - when he took our order and when he gave us the check. He also forgot my coffee - I let this one pass. At this point, I was so ready to leave.

The food was satisfactory. Actually, we were not impressed at all. We know we can get the same quality and essence of food on the family owned Italian restaurant in the shopping center near our place.

Overall, I don’t recommend Il Mulino for RW or any day. Save you $$$ to another place deserving of your hard earned money.

PS: Hope no one gets offended with this review.

Julie

701 for dinner the other day. REALLY disappointed. Their site says full menu. Not even close! And even the carry overs were not exactly as they are on the menu (different sauces, accompaniments, preparations). I left a little hungry :-(

Carol

Does anyone have feedback on Acadiana's RW dinner menu?

Dotts

KINKEAD Rocks!

If you can still get reservation to Kinkead’s, please make your reservations now. Hubby and I were determined to eat here for RW. I called and ask if there is any time available and she said only at 12:30. We re-arranged our schedules like crazy just to accommodate this time, and I’m telling you it is worth rescheduling those meetings.

Everything was splendid – the hostess, waiter, bus boys, the bathroom and of course the star of the show, their food.

Every one was very nice and accommodating. The waiter was attentive and helpful. He made sure that the glasses were always full of our preferred drink, and we had the right utensils. The food came in on the right time and right temperature. Everything we got was FANTASTIC and truly DELICIOUS. I got the Tuna Soup, Salmon and Crème Brulee. The tuna soup is a little bit spicy to my taste (but oh so yummy) so hubby and I switch first course. Hubby got the Raviolis, Cod, and Chocolate Cake. This is the best $20.08 you can ever spend.

Overall, we were impressed with the place and thank you for the whole staff for a memorable experience.

By the way, their entire RW menu is in their website under News & Events.

Carl

So far this week, friends and I have gone to Ruth's Chris (Convention Center), the Monocle, and Kinkead’s – all three have been decent, but a big disappointing.

We’ve been to Ruth’s and Kinkead’s before, the Monocle was new! For Ruth’s one disappointment was that this year, they aren’t including the Rib-Eye – that was the one reason I decided to book! Regardless, service was competent and friendly, and the food was OK. We had the chicken (flavorful) and the petit filet mignon (flavorful). The sides, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, were OK, but seemed to have lost some of their luster. Dessert, HD ice cream and the chocolate sin cake, were OK; however, the sin cake seemed nothing more than a block of bland chocolate. This was my fourth or fifth time at Ruth’s, but nothing seemed to SING to me this time. The waiting staff was very attentive, and so all I can say was it was good, but not knock-your-socks-off!!!

As for the Monocle, we did have a few senator sightings. The waiting staff was friendly and accommodating; the food was fine, but again, nothing spectacular. The portions were generous for lunch, and everything tasted homemade – which went well with the 100-plus year old building. I’d probably not go back for what I had, but I’d be willing to try a few of the other dishes from the regular menu.

As for Kinkead’s, it was, for me, the biggest disappointment for the week. A friend and I used to LOVE Colvin Run Tavern, and made every effort to get there numerous times during RW. But since it closed 2 years ago, we try to make it to Kinkead’s at least once. The best thing this time was Jeremy, our waiter, who was HEAD’s AND SHOULDERS above the usual snippy guy we get. The appetizers, mine the lobster bisque, was surprisingly bland. No lobster in it; only a few croutons. I had to add salt and pepper to get any taste. It was smooth, but tasteless. The entrees were small; so you felt like you were getting your money’s worth; not like you were begging a bargain for the price! The fish and chips, which usually come with two pieces of fish, came with one and a big pile of fries, coleslaw, and more tartar sauce than I had fish. Although, the fish is AWESOMELY GOOD! My friend’s lobster roll, which has a $7.50 up charge, was half a lobster roll, although he said it was good! The desserts; crème brulee and almond cake, were decently bland, and on the small side. Lucky for me, the sour dough bread, which I believe is the best around, was up-to-par!

So overall, I’d say 2 ½ out of 5 for Ruth’s Chris, 2 out of 5 for the Monocle, and 2 ½ out of 5 for Kinkead’s. Back in the day, Colvin Run Tavern and Vidalia used to be solid 5’s…but Vidalia’s even not as good with the change in menus. Oh well! Life’s about more than food, honestly?

edude denado

Vidalia is a restaurant that kicks ass!!!!!!!!! Restaruant week menu is amazing, had 5 course, goat, rabbit, sea trout and a duck egg who else can do this in town but the staff and Vidalia they truly have it in them to kick the sh.....t out of all the restaurant thie week

susan

fabulous dinner at Poste - I had been concerned about the limited options, but each dish was remarkable. we'll be back.

phenomena

Yesterday I grilled new caledonian shrimp, bluefish, and profiteroles (mint ice cream with graham cracker and bitter chocolate sauce) at Hook. The three-course meal was exquisite plus the waiter said that the mean changed daily and that the restaurant extended RW until next Friday, August 22nd. Therefore, if you were booked this week, please clear next week's schedule!

Sk

Went to Olives for RW last night. RW week menu very limiting. Go somewhere else for RW.

mary

Went to Tosca tonight- I had the black ink ravoli with crab, the lamb shank, and chocolate dessert- my husband had the pasta bolongnse, the veal, and the panna cotta Everything was wonderful (but we both thought my meal was better than my husbands)- would recommend!

Phenomena- thanks for the update about Hook!

Of note, for anyone booked tomorrow/Sunday- Acadiana is serving their regular Sunday brunch tomorrow - their restaurant week menu only starts at 5pm.

mandoo

We went to Zola on Tuesday -- meh. The service was exceedingly slow, the food was "okay," nothing spectacular. I was glad it was restaurant week, because otherwise, it would not have been worth it.

Tonight, we ventured out to Bezu and our meal was fantastic. Not offering the limited menu, but all the gold stars are on their RW menu, including the Fuzu noodle dish and the mango beignets.

Rodrigo

This is what I wrote on my blog about RW (with a little edit):

DC Restaurant Week just finished and I just finished the BEST week of eating. For those on a limited budget (like me) DC RW is by far the easiest way to sample our area’s top restaurants. You basically get to taste culinary excellence at a fraction of the cost. And 3 courses is plenty, more than what I normally eat and at $20.08 for lunch and $35.08 for dinner DC RW is a STEAL.
I got to sample 4 great restaurants in DC and it ended with a bang at Smith & Wollensky (S & W). Now I’m not a huge steak fan as I used to be … I eat lots of fish and veggies but I do crave a nice steak once in a while. After eating at S & W, my steak craving jumped from infrequent to frequently - especially if it’s a steak from Smith and Wollensky.
Yesterday Dottie and I were treated by my mom and dad to S & W. The restaurant week menu was simple. For starters your choice of classic ceasar salad, iceberg wedge salad or soup du jour. I ordered the iceberg wedge salad - a chilled salad which consisted of a wedge of iceberg lettuce and a slice of tomato covered in blue cheese dressing. The fresh crispy wedge and juicy tomato came alive thanks to the blue cheese dressing which was very light but full of flavor. I tried Dottie’s ceasar salad which was excellent as well. Romaine lettuce topped with ceasar dressing and aguette slice with toasted garlic and topped with anchovies. Great starters for the table.
Mom always says when you eat at a steak place order steak, when you eat at a seafood place order seafood etc. Simple advice right. So guess what everyone ordered from these choices - fillet mignon, salmon or chicken? Yup, fillet mignon for the table. I was definitely in the mood for “tender and flavorful USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged and butchered on site.” When the steaks were served, plated with fried onions and sauce, my mouth was drooling. The first bite is always the best - the fillet was so TENDER that I couldn’t remember in all my years of eating steak, biting into a steak this tender, incredible! “Oh my gosh” “Wow” “MMM” said mom, dad and Dottie. It was as though we’ve never had food this good before. What brought out the flavor even more was the sauce, which tasted subtly sweet … my guess a red wine reduction. The fillet was perfect, tasteful and absolutely delicious.
Next came dessert with the choice of apple strudel or cheesecake. Mom and Dad were so full that they just took their desserts home. Dottie and I ordered one of each which was more than enoughfor the four of us. Typical Filipino style - two desserts and four forks. The rich cheesecake melted in my mouth, not too creamy or hard in texture, just right. The warm apple strudel, wrapped in a flaky, light dough and filled with raisins and apples, tasted great. Not too sweet like some desserts. Dad was the only one that ordered coffee but they served a mini-pitcher for dad. And in true Filipino style, we all shared Dad’s coffee because mom could not see the whole pitcher going to waste. I just had a sip … or two.
It’s easy to see why Smith & Wollenskydons excellent write ups from the Washington Post and the New York Times. With only 9 locations in the US, Smith & Wollensky is a must for everyone, even flexitarians like myself. During DC Restaurant you will get a sweetheart of a deal - 3 meals for only $20.08! Their normal menu is expensive but it’s easy to see why. An excellent steak house and IMHO one of DC’s best!
4.5 out of 5 Stars!

BB

We really enjoyed our RW meal at Darlington House this weekend (except for the tuna carpaccio, which was a disappointment as it was terribly underseasoned).
The service was very friendly and everything we had (other than the tuna) was quite good.
FYI- They are extending restaurant week an extra week through the 24th.

Paul

Great post so informative. Im going to check out a place or two this weekend!

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