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thanksgiving at 15 RIA - long

sunshine | Nov 29, 2002 05:11 PM

i had heard some good reviews of 15 RIA, the washington terrace hotel's new restaurant, and thought i'd get a good taste of what they offer at a value price by trying their $34 price fixe 3-course thanksgiving meal. i wasn't disappointed:

4 first course appetizer choices: a thick creamy butternut squash soup, popcorn shrimp and calamari with spicy remoulade, a pear and bibb lettuce salad with grated goat cheese and candied pecans and the fourth was another type of salad which we didn't try so i forget.

the entree choices: roast suckling pig (moist, silky pork with a slab of crispy skin), molasses braised short ribs (a huge portion, sweet, and falling off the bone tender), cider glazed turkey and red snapper.
with the entrees, we could choose 2 from a list of 10 side dishes: we tried the sage apple stuffing, the andouille sausage stuffing, asparagus, candied yams, collard greens and the buttermilk bleu cheese onion rings (all delicious).

dessert choices: a chocolate hazelnut ganache cake which was dense, crunchy and fudgy; traditional pumpkin pie in a pastry crust, a waffle ice cream sandwich, and sorbet.

every one of these came in big portions, and i'm told that much of this stuff is on their regular menu. the ambience is alright for a hotel lobby restaurant. not too big or loud or chi-chi, comfortable chairs, contemporary decor.

they also have great cocktails (though pricey at the $8-$10 range) - we tried a cinnamon and vanilla infused bourbon that comes in a very large glass and a tiny martini (mini shaker and glass), the cherry sidecar. both very good.

if you haven't been, worth a visit. kudos to the chef, jamie leeds.

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