Two ends of the spectrum. Fri. my boss took me and a co-worker out for drinks at the Fed to thank us for working so hard on a grant. I thought we'd get a couple appetizers but he decided he was hungry and wanted to sit in the warmer dining room and since he was paying... It was much better than the other time I was there. The menu choices were more exciting (to me) and the room felt more comfortable than when it was the totally happening place. It wasn't packed but it was fairly busy and our waiter was great and personable. The brown bread, rolls and butter were delicious and we got an amuse bouche of shrimp tempura. Two of us split the crab cakes which were a little over fried, one person had a Caesar salad. I had venison which was very good altho the berry sauce was a little too sweet and a bit overpowering. But the side of foie gras was delicious as were the mascarpone gnocchi and sweet potato. The potato stick coated salmon was great and the beef wellingto tasted very tender in my bite. The waiter suggested good glasses of wine and was put on the spot for dessert but he came thru. The vanilla and butterscotch creme brulees with pear sorbet on the side was amazing. Tiny cookies came with the check, a really nice meal.
Took my MLK holiday a week late so figured it was a good time to hit Charlie's on Columbus Ave., first time in 6 years. Was tempted to get pancakes again, theirs are huge and almost too perfectly shaped. Saw him frying up some turkey hash tho and decided to get that with eggs and toast. Very good, nice crispy exeterior, a ton of it for $6.95. The man next to me had a grilled hot dog with onion rings that looked pretty damn good too. They have a little bit of everything on that menu. Wish it wasn't such a hassle to get into on Saturdays.