Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore

Chowhound reprieve?

Warthog | | Aug 11, 2009 11:27 AM

We've all seen posts on this board and elsewhere saying something along the lines of "Don't even think of going to Name Of Restaurant Goes Here!" We all do it it. Once a place goes on our "list", it is sentenced for life, and we sometimes continue to pan it even years after our last visit.

But every once in a while such places turn things around. Today's challenge or question is this - What's your most notable turn-around discovery? What are the places that were once deemed to be the embodiment of "The Anti-Chowhound" that are now actually worth another try?

I ask because it seems like this is perhaps the hardest of undiscovered gems to find. The standard business advice says "it costs less to keep a customer than to get a new one", but this takes it one step further "It's REALLY hard to get a customer back once you've lost them!" But this goes for customers, too. We could be missing out on great stuff, because once we've rejected a place, we're naturally reluctant to go back, no matter how many raves we hear, or how trusted the sources of those raves may be.

So the question for the 'Hounds is this - which formerly outcast places do we need to go back to?

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