Below is the link to an incredible article from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. This is a lengthy article which originally appeared in Decanter in July of this year. In it he says:
"When I was younger I went to every two and three (Michelin) star restaurant in France but I got tired of the whole thing and the food didn't live up to what I expected. I think the quality of the top restaurants has declined significantly and continues to decline-I've had meals at Daniel and Bernardin in New York and CITRONELLE IN WASHINGTON that are far better than any three (Michelin) star meals I've had recently in France."
This quote is from the man who most consider to have the greatest individual ability and knowledge of anyone in the world to evaluate wine. For many he is the first and last word in wine, having an unrivalled palate to discern taste. The first sentence of the aticle is that "Parker is as passionate and opinionated about food as he is about wine."
Citronelle. A Washington, D. C. restaurant that, for Parker, is better than any current three Michelin starred restaurant in Paris.
Parker also lists his five favorite restaurants each year. The following five "regularly crop up:"
+ L'Ami Louis, Paris
+ La Regalade, Paris
+ Daniel, New York
+ Citronelle, Washington, D. C.
+ Mark's Duck House, Falls Church, VA ("for the sumtuous Cantonese din sum and other extraordinary dishes made primarily from fresh seafood."_
Yes, he did say Mark's Duck House in Falls Church.
D. C. has come a long way. I wonder if he has been to Maestro and Laboratorio?
The link is below.