I had the pleasure of an astounding meal at Colvin Run Tavern in Tysons Corner the other day. It was organized by and for members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a gourmet club that I joined years ago and rarely get to participate in. (One of the club's quirks is that members are expected to wear colored sashes that denote their status in the club--thankfully I packed mine away somewhere years ago and haven't a clue where it is...)
While this meal was not necessarily replicable on a regular night by regular customers, it demonstrated to me the incredible skills of the chef and his team. Every dish that came out was as close to perfect as you could hope, and incorporated a relatively broad range of ingredients. Particularly memorable was a perfectly-fried soft shell crab with a Thai dipping sauce; halibut with fava beans with a smoked tomato sauce; and squab with sweetbreads. The dessert was a wonderful peach tarte tatin along with little mignardises, each of which was sublime. If you have not been to Colvin Run, you might want to give it a try!