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eh on Johnny's Half Shell

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eh on Johnny's Half Shell

Melissa | Jul 6, 2002 07:10 PM

After a number of recommendations, we tried Johnny's Half Shell last night. Disappointing and frankly rather expensive for the quality -- whoever thought of putting it on the anti-Washingtonian cheap eats list clearly has an income far outstripping ours.

I had cod with sugar snap peas and potato croquettes ($17.95, I believe). The cod was well-prepared if simply (some sort of unexciting cocktail sauce adorned it) and the sugar snap peas were very good, but the potato croquettes were inferior tater tots. My husband had the rockfish ($18.95), which was simply grilled; he liked the sauteed vegetables that accompanied it, but was underwhelmed by the preparation of the fish. By and large, we were bored, except by the veggies. The people next to us were very excited by the chicken wings, but it would not have occurred to me to order them at a restaurant specializing in seafood.

I guess our feelings are this: if it were $5 cheaper, we would have been reasonably satisfied if unenthralled, but we'd like a little bit of excitement for $65 for two entrees and two glasses of wine.

We just arrived in DC (Dupont Circle) from NYC and are trying to explore as much as possible, but we've found that places are considerably more expensive for by and large mediocre food. I'm confident that over time we'll be proven wrong -- we're certainly willing to pay if it's of high quality. Loving Fresh Fields, though ...

Recommendations will really be appreciated; I've been taking notes on places you've been excited about (can't wait to try Moby Dick's, for instance).

Thanks.

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