I come to DC every year or so to see family. I've been to most of the big restaurants in town but the recent(ish) crop of Rose's Luxury, Bad Saint, Dabney, Tail up Goat I've missed since I hate waiting in line for dinner.
I happened to have an 8pm reservation at Tail up Goat last night and I really just loved the place. One of the better restaurants I've been to in ages. We live in NYC and recently spent a week in London and Paris and this nearly came out on top.
Every seat was packed when we arrived. Staff held our table and we were seated right away. Felt that the server gave us the spiel a bit and it felt a little forced but the service was overall excellent and friendly. We had the charred carrots which were helped with creme fraiche and a ginger cookie crumble? The brown rice bread was loaded with a mound of ricotta and greens. We ate it with our hands and it was a little messy but oh so worth it. The carrot ravioli were standouts though for $18, 3 large pieces were a bit skimpy. The cavatelli with goat was heavier and more substantial and filling and delicious. The dessert of pineapple with carrot cake had to be the best dessert I've had in ages. We had to leave a 1/3 in the bowl because it was so large and sweet. I've rarely been so impressed with a dessert.
The margins were massive and it was hard not to see how much money the restaurant can make charging those prices for vegetables and breads...but with such inventive cooking and such a nice night out, it was worth every penny.
Brunch at Le Diplomate this morning was surprisingly delicious as well. We had a good reservation and had no wait. Our gibralters were solid if a bit not as strong as I prefer. The pastry basket had some of the best pastries I've eaten in quite awhile. The chicken club sandwich was a knockout as was our quiche florentine.
It's not rocket science food and we normally hate brunch but Le Diplomate is awesome.
Great time in DC!