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RW- Harry's Tap Room

TerriS | Jan 14, 2004 04:24 PM

Had lunch at Harry's Tap Room in Arlington today. Who knew that DC restaurant week extended to Arlington? Had never been to the Tap Room before and in fact this was my first RW lunch.

Enjoyed it! Love the decor. Saw it described here as 70s - found it much more interesting and elegant than that. I thought it was a very lovely, enjoyable space. Love the open kitchen, with bar seating that has a view of the kitchen. There is also a semi-private table behind a stained glass wall of sorts. They clearly spent some money in there. We liked the little touches, like the funky dishes and other details.

Three of us had the RW special, which was definitely just a limited menu.

For the first round I got Five Onion Soup, while two other at the table had the shrimp ceviche, both of which were very very good.

Entree: one of the choices was a large order of the steamed mussels, which they prepare something like 7 different ways. These were great, and we all ordered a different version. I liked the Harry's version (white wine, garlic, and herbs) best. I know one of the other menu options was the twin beef filets.

Dessert was a choice of sorbet or berry shortcake. The berry shortcake was served warm and was absolutely fabulous. Sorbet was also very good. Also tried what I think was the brownie sundae, which was a giant slab of chocolate that was good, nothing outstanding, but nicely presented.

And a bonus - this included a glass of wine as an option - I think they had 4 or 5 options. The one I had, a sauv blanc, was very nice.

Two others had the soup/salad/half sandwich lunch special, which looked like a good deal. The red pepper and crab soup was also very good...with a very strong red pepper taste, not watered down or diluted much.

Service was so-so...the first wine glasses we got were clearly spotted and not clean. There was a flurry of activity when our mussels were brought to the table - much ado with stands and flame-heated pots. Was nice to keep the mussels warm, though! The servers we had were generally nice and attentive, with the occassional long wait for something, like a menu.

Still, I'd go back. I had little to no expectation of the place, and I think it exceeded them. :)

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