I am sorry if this post offends others, but California generally has better food than most other places, including DC. Most of the restaurants we've been to in DC so far have been awful, despite excellent Yelp reviews. Case in point: Woodlands in Langley Park has 4.5 stars on Yelp with more that 80 reviews, yet the food was like a bad Hare Krishna lunch. The only conclusion is that people on Yelp in DC have terrible taste in food. This means they're not jaded and snooty like me, and now I fear that many of the Yelp reviewers have never even left Maryland before. Clearly, I cannot rely on Yelp for restaurant reviews.
The solution: I need recommendations from jaded food snobs like me (and you) from California who are really picky. You know the drill: really fresh seasonal food (new American/Cali style), authenticity if it's ethnic, simple menus.... service and decor are generally irrelevant: I seek FLAVOR
Also, good food doesn't necessarily mean expensive....are you listening DC?
yes, i'm a jerk: sorry :)