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Restaurant in DC/Balto area you miss the most?

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Restaurant in DC/Balto area you miss the most?

GregJ | Jul 25, 2004 07:35 PM

While reading the thread, below, about Joe H. and Pappy's visit to La Paradou, Y. Cam's latest effort in downtown, DC, I was thinking about restaurants in this area that are no longer with us, but of which we might have fond memories. (In part, this is a result of an on-going Washingtonian Magazine poll that asks this question, among several others.) My fondest memory is of Rive Gauche, which was on the SW corner of Wisconsin and M, NW. This was true French "haute cuisine" circa mid-1970s. I only went once: in August 1977, when I was in my early-to-mid 20s. I went with a young lady, approximately my same age, for the first "top tier" dining experience of either of our lives. We were probably easily impressed, but we both loved it, though we were shocked by the overall price -- $80 (which included one drink and one moderate bottle of wine). I'd be interested in any comparisons other old timers might care to make about places of that era (or later), such as Sans Souci. A more affordable bistro in my neighborhood back then was L'Escargot (sp?) in Cleveland Park, where same young lady and I could eat (with a carafe of house wine) for $30 -- total. Same YL now informs me that her most missed restaurant is the Hot Shoppes on Wisconsin at Van Ness, near where she grew up, and that her most missed single menu item is the "Mighty Mo." Well, there's something to be said for that, too!

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