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DC trip report

Hal Laurent | Mar 22, 2006 08:21 PM

We travelled down the parkway to DC for a few days last week to do the tourist thing. Here's the food report:

- Dinner at Citronelle: We were disappointed. The food was good, but not $85/person before wine good. For that kind of price we expect to be wowed, but we weren't.

- Lunch at TenPenh: Very nice! We ate at the bar, and split four appetizers between us. Everything was good, but it was too much food. All of the food here is visually gorgeous. Looking at other people's food made me want to order whatever it was that they had.

- Dinner at Bistro D'Oc: We accidentally had dinner here two nights in a row. Thursday evening was, unbeknownst to us ahead of time, a Billy Joel concert at the Verizon Center across from our hotel. All of the restaurants for blocks around were packed! Bistro D'Oc managed to squeeze us in, so we had a second dinner there.

I really liked Bistro D'Oc. The food wasn't as fancy as Citronelle, but it was much more satisfying for the price. Not to mention that it isn't often I have the opportunity to eat Cassoulet, so that was a nice treat.

- Lunch at Andale: Again, very nice! The food was tasty, and we don't see sopes on menus up here in Baltimore.

- Breakfast: breakfast at the hotel (the Monaco) was expensive (expected) and not terribly good for the money (not expected). And the first morning, the service was terrible as well. Stumbling around the neighborhood looking for a breakfast joint was frustrating, but we eventually found a proper greasy spoon, the Waffle House a couple of doors away from Bistro D'Oc. Good, cheap, honest breakfast food with good service.

We had intended to have dinner at Poste one night, since it was in our hotel, but our breakfast experience put us off of the idea. The restaurant wasn't at all visually attractive, and the food didn't promise to be good enough to overcome that.

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