We had a very good dinner at Cashion's Eat Place last night -- probably the best we've had within city limits since we moved to Washington, D.C. three months ago. The place is low-key and not outrageously expensive, either. The appetizer was the ubiquitous beet/frisee/goat cheese salad, but the beets were beautifully roasted and the goat cheese aged and of surprisingly good quality. My entree was halibut with wild mushrooms in a wine sauce that was really sublime; the accompanying very lightly steamed spinach was simple but well-done. My husband had a roast chicken with potatoes, made much richer by the addition of pancetta; standard bistro fare, nicely prepared. The weak link was dessert -- a very simple (and frankly boring) chocolate layer cake which was perked up a little by the addition of dried cherries in brandy. We had a half bottle of a Frog's Leap sauvignon blanc -- we were pleased to see how many half bottles were on the menu; unfortunately, they were out of 50% of them. But in any case the meal was first-rate and under $100.
We're going to Nora tonight (special occasion) and will report back.