Just wanted say that I am having a great time reading your very informative posts on DC restaurants. My mouth is watering already, which is a problem, since I won't be in DC until late May.
I'll be in Washington May 23-28 with my parents and have been given the assignment (Yay!) of researching restaurants (my favorite part of a vacation). If I were travelling alone, I'd probably put Citronelle on my list as I really like to enjoy one true splurge; however, I'm not travelling alone and I don't think I can put it on my list this time. I'll be back, however -I live in the NYC area and I plan to take more mini-vacations to DC.
For now, though, I've got the following:
Central (ok, it's not Citronelle, but it is Michel Richard and it sounds like fun)
Komi (I'm not thrilled with the items on their extremely small menu but apparently the menu changes daily and it's getting way too many raves for me not to give it a chance)
I thought Zaytina and Cashion's were going to be definites as well, but now I'm seeing some very mixed reviews for both. With only 5 days, I'd like to find restaurants where there is more of a consensus as to how good they are. Jaleo's is also getting mixed reviews. Thoughts on these?
Colorado Kitchen seems like a really fun choice with a homey menu - is this a good dinner restaurant or is it really best for lunch/brunch?
Johnny's Half-Shell looks great, too, but I'm wondering if it's a better lunch spot (LOVE po boys). How's dinner? Looks like they don't have banana pudding anymore......too bad (LOVE banana pudding), but really everything else sounds out of this world.
Ideally I'd also like to try some Ethiopian (that's sure not something I can get on Long Island), but may save that for when I'm in DC again.
I know Palena's getting great reviews - not sure that we want to do two expensive restaurants in DC and I didn't think I'd lean toward any Italian places while down in DC (I can get tons of that up in the NY area). Still, it sounds delicious.
I'd appreciate any thoughts or tips you could give me - if there are other restaurants I'm missing, please.....I'd love to hear about them.