I'm a mentor for a colleague at work, and we've decided that I should mentor him every couple weeks at the finest restaurants in DC that serve lunch. We're near Metro Center, but everything from Georgetown to Capitol Hill is fair game. So far we've been to (some of these were a year ago):
Citronelle--My lunch there was much better than the time I went to dinner with my wife. At dinner, the squab four ways was so dry it tasted like roadkill pigeon. My tuna at lunch was the best I've ever had.
Vidalia--I love the bread and the shrimp and grits, but it doesn't seem as good as it was a few years ago. I haven't been since the renovation.
Gerard's Place--I was very pleasently surprised at how good it was. Best halibut I've ever had.
Bombay Club--Good, but not up to the other places listed, and I prefer more traditional Indian food anyway.
I Richhi--I love the focaccia. I don't recall much about the food.
Galileo--The service is so bad I'm only going back to Laboratorio. The food has always been great.
Tosca--Good service, but the food is not up to Galileo standards.
D.C. Coast--Good, but nothing memorable.
Kinkead's--I've always been disappointed here, both in the food and the service.
What restaurants am I missing? I'd like to try Marcel's, Melrose, Bistro Bis, Taberna del Alabardero, and Equinox. I don't eat beef, so there's no point in going to Prime Rib. I understand that Palena and Obelisk don't serve lunch. I've never really liked Ten Pehn for lunch. Any other suggestions?