Can't say I was overly impressed. Friday night, game on at MCI Center, fine, good number of people there, tis expected. Managed to snag a table for 4. While the bottle beer list was extensive, the "on tap" list wasn't all that exciting. I was hoping for some really out there, good beers on tap, but really alot of ordinary beers on tap, Stella, Guinness, Mad Dog, Red Hook, Tuppers, Boddingtons etc. A lot of beers you can find else where in DC on tap. Despite reports of bad service, our waitress was friendly and helpfully.
So menu was ordinary, we had some wings that had a tasty, mildly spicy sauce, but nothing outstanding. And really very poor apps menu for the people that want to get a couple of beers and a couple of apps before a game at MCI (which to me seems like a core constituent).
The real problem with the place is: is it a restaurant with a extensive beer list or a bar with an extensive beer list that is trying to serve creative food...it meets neither. It feels and looks neither like a pub (like Fado next door) nor a restaurant, just sterile.
and to make matters worse, we had a table for 4, the 4th arrived later with a couple of other friends...the hostess won't seat the whole party (fine understandable), but then told the 4th, sorry the others can't come in and get drinks at the bar, even though there was plenty of room at the bar come 8pm (after the game at MCI had started). So they all left and went to Fado and proceeded to drink and eat for the next 3 hours (result: lots of money for Fado, no money for RFD).
Seems like if you've only been open for a month, you would be welcoming people with open arms, not turning people away at the door with snotty attitudes.
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