Just got back from a wonderful 5 days in the District. Great planning on my part to be there during the IMF/World Bank protest and the Abortion march. Good entertainment and little impact on our itinerary.
We stayed at the Westin Grand at 24th & M which was a great location for walking. Arriving late in the afternoon we settled in and then decided to walk down to the Mall around 8:00, looking for a restaurant on the way. Ended up at the Thai Place on Pennsylavania. Food was good, service leisurely and inattentive.
Second night we had reservations at Marcel's. My salmon was about as perfect as fish can get, my wife's chicken also excellent but what she really raved about were the gorgonzola potatoes! I was pleasantly surprised to find a bottle of Archer's Summit Pinot Noir that was reasonably priced. Well, relatively speaking next to some of the outrageous items on the list. Dinner was expensive, but fantastic. Service was wonderful.
Friday we had late reservations at Kinkead's but canceled since we ended up staying in Annapolis and taking our Midshipman cousin out to dinner for a pretty mediocre and uninspired meal at Phillip's.
On our way down to the Mall again on Saturday, we stopped for a light lunch at Red Sage. Can't say there was anything to write home about. Maybe it's because we live in the Southwest and regularly visit Taos and Santa Fe.
Saturday night was Galileo which I approached with a little trepidation considering the bad press I've seen here lately. Our experience was good. We did the tasting menu and if not spectacular, everything was well prepared with good taste and manageable portions. the lamb and veal ravioli were the best of the tastes. I requested wine pairings but we got a flight of red and a flight of white. Not exactly what I wanted but a nice experience trying several Campania wines with which I was not familiar. Our service was wonderful even though there were two different servers taking care of us. I've experienced this before and there were no hitches, space-outs or missteps. All in all, we had a nice time.
One side note which was interesting considering some of the critiques that i've read here. The couple sitting next to us finished their dinner, paid the check and when the server brought the receipt they then began to complain. The woman told him that she was very unhappy with the Barolo that they had - this after they finished the entire bottle! She then pointed out that the cake they had for dessert was dry. I looked over and saw a few crumbs remaining on the plate. The timing seemed to be a little late on both accounts.
Sunday night we cruised down "M" and stopped at Penang for Malaysian. We loved this place! The mango chicken was a real standout as well as the shrimp with Chile - sorry I don't remember the official names.