In another post (search jondubus) I'd asked DC CH'ers to review my list of restaurants to hit for my trip to DC. last week(6/29 thru 7/3).ALL were helpful, so I wanted to give back feedback of my impressions. Impressions only-not fair to judge a restaurant on one visit.
Final lineup and subjects for this thread:
Oohs & Ahhs-lunch
El Pollo Rico-lunch
Taqueria Nacional-lunch again
I'll start with Jose Andres Cafe Atlantico: short wait at the bar waiting for my table sipping a well-made Mojito made with Splenda at my request. Started off with the fois gras soup-fair amount of fois gras, beautiful broth with puffy corn islands; nice but pricey. Next up-grilled octopus ap-crunchy texture, very agreeable presentation ,with clean seafood taste but didn't knock my socks off. Finally, main was Feijao Tropeiro-"deconstructed" Brazillian pork stew with black beans, rice, oranges & other ingridients. It was deconstructed in that it was served as a whole pork chop, with the other ingredients served on the side. Pork chop was quite juicy but a bit overdone,IMO. In retrospect, I'd rather the stew was not "deconstructed". Quite well made, but not thrilling. Best dish here for me was the fois gras soup.The diner next to me got doused with an unknown libation.
Oohs & Ahhs
Great lemon-pepper wings, but disaponted there wasn't other deep-fried chicken pieces-they'd be spectacular. Better collards than those served under my chicken at Palena Cafe! Satisfying mac & cheese. Hole in the wall place that's rightly proud of it's food and takes care of it.
I'm assuming readers will check restaurant websites or search other posts for more details. I'm just adding recent experience and my .02. Reviews of the other restaurants listed above in this post will follow.....