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Inn at Little Washington vs The French Laundry vs Charlie Trotter's...

Nick | Jul 18, 2003 01:36 AM

Since I made my trip here about a month ago (see [BROKEN LINK REMOVED]), I've checked up on the board every once in a while. I was interested to follow this thread: [BROKEN LINK REMOVED].

I think people are much too harsh on Inn at Little Washington. After having eaten at four Mobil ***** restaurants (granted only once each), Charlie Trotter's, The French Laundry, Gary Danko's, and The Inn at Little Washington, I had my best overall experience at I@LW. I enjoyed my food better than Danko's or Trotter's. It had easily the nicest decor of any of them. It had excellent service, including free valet, only surpassed by Trotter's. So for food, decor, and service it went number 2, number 1, and number 2. Not bad.

I do recognize that it's expensive. I paid $108, I think, on a Thursday. However, FL was $135 for Sunday lunch (they have a private room which is $300 per person, not a kitchen table, that requires at least 8 to reserve). Trotter's was $125 for a weekday (over $300, I believe, for the kitchen table, and you had to have at least 4, I think; and there was over a six month wait). Only Danko's is a fabulous deal at $74 any day of the week. Also, I don't drink so I can't compare wine prices. Though I don't know that it's entirely fair to count your wine as part of the price of a meal. What's it cost to bring your own? Was that the cheapest wine?

I also recognize that I@LW may change their menu less than these others. Looking through past reviews I started to wonder about that since a couple of the dishes I got appeared to have been around for a while. However, for someone going there for the first time from the West Coast, I loved it. I don't know if it's just because we get different stuff out here and you guys find it tired. However, I avoided Citronelle because to me it sounded like dishes that are rather common out here.

Anyway, just hope that you're giving I@LW a fair shake and recognize that it's a great place and that it just may be that it's been around long enough that *you're* bored with it, but people who haven't been there can still be impressed.

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