I am a Boston-based hound in town for a conference. Thanks to you all and your wonderful recommendations, I had a series of fantastic meals.I would not have found many of these places without the input of this board. My husband is at the point in a strange city that he will only agree to go to a place if I can assure him that the Chowhound community has blessed it!
Dinner Day 1: La Tasca with some friends. This was a lovely room with pleasant service, and very importantly for my husband (who has trouble with ambient noise), not too loud for converstaion. Notable dishes included the bacon-wrapped dates, duck leg confit, Spanish tortilla, fried eggplant slices and the piquillos rellenos. The fried manchego was just ok, with an overly sweet orange dipping sauce. Also not so good was the cava sangria, which basically tasted like grapeade. All in all, though, it was quite a nice meal and I'd certainly go there again.
Lunch Day 2: Queen of Sheba. We were actually on the way to Etete, but came upon this first while walking up 9th St. Fantastic selection of veggie dishes and a dish we hadn't tried before, quanta firfir, which was delicious.
Dinner Day 2: Etete. No, I don't have an Ethiopian food addiction, why do you ask? I thought lunch was good until I had dinner here. The spicing was just that much better in each and every dish. We were with friends and got the vegetable combo along with doro wat, lega tibs (outstanding) and derek tibs. Everything was good, we ate way too much to try and get all the delicious sauce soaked into the injera. We followed dinner with some beers at Churchkey- they had a great selection and very knowledgable staff. I particularly liked the 4 oz glass option which allowed us to sample many more types. Again, this place was not at all loud and my husband was able to have a nice conversation with us all.
Lunch Day 3: Zaytinya. I had a squash soup, crispy brussel sprouts on a garlicy yogurt and pastirma (cured beef) wrapped around greens. Finished with apricots and yogurt and then had to nap for a while. Everything was fresh and delicious, and the service was wonderful
Dinner Day 4: I met a friend in Union Station at Thunder Grill and had acceptable beef fajitas. They were good, but didn't rock my world the way some of the other meals of the trip did.
Lunch Day 4: Teaism in Dupont Circle. I got the veggie bento box and a bubble tea. It was all very flavorful and fresh without being overly filling. There was a roasted squash and cabbage dish with a sort of sesame dressing which was superb.
Dinner Day 4: Rogue 24. I was by myself and got the 16 dish meal with the drink pairing. Each dish was tasty and several were outstanding. The drinks were good and well paced- one cocktail, a white wine, red wine and dessert wine in total. At the end I was pleasantly full and just a bit buzzed. A tiny part of me wished I'd gone for the 24 dishes, but I would have been so full that it wouldn't have been enjoyable. The service was absolutely great, with a real team dynamic evident throughout. Spendy, but SO worth it.
You guys have awesome restaurants, I can't wait to return and sample more another time!