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The Reef in Adams Morgan

Louise Z. | Aug 7, 2002 09:28 AM

Liz Mc. and I were there last night and had a great and remarkably inexpensive meal. The Reef is on 18th in the old Star of Siam space. There's a roof deck which was already crowded by 8:00, so we opted to eat inside. The room has huge windows and we had a good view of 18th Street. There are several large fish tanks in the room, which is stylish and comfortable, with lots of big booths. It is, however, a bit smoky.

The food is really delicious. There's a long explanation on the back of the menu explaining the kitchen's dedication to fresh ingredients, organic meats, sustainable agriculture. I didn't have my reading glasses, but that was the gist. I ordered the Tilapia. It was delicately and expertly fried and came with a very good crunchy salad. All for eight bucks. Liz Mc. had the Buffalo Hangar steak and fries. The meat was delicious, medium rare and tender. The fries were great. Thin, crispy, very fresh, made with excellent potatoes and bits of rosemary and other herbs. That was thirteen bucks. No kidding. The portions are not big but they are certainly big enough.

Our friend ordered a beet salad and the cheese plate; both around six dollars and both good. (But not quite so good as the roasted beet salad now on the menu across the street at Little Fountain cafe OR the select-your-own-cheese plate at Bardeo, but I digress)

There's a long list of beers on tap, many Belgian. I ordered a vodka martini, which was way too big, but really cold, and a bargain at 7 dollars.

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