Had two memorable meals last week when we visited from Boston. First was lunch at Central Michel Richard. Got there on Friday at 1:30pm and place was packed. Waited 15 minutes for a table. Great basket of bread and butter to start. Three of us had the Tuna Burger and one had a regular cheeseburger. Tuna burger was outstanding. Cooked perfectly (medium rare towards the rare side. Seasoned but not overpowering and served on delicious roll. French fries were outstanding. DC who had burger enjoyed it and said it was also cooked perfectly.
Liked this place a lot. Upbeat atmosphere, friendly staff and good solid food. Decent wine list too but I stuck to a couple of beers.
Dinner that night was at Obelisk. We stayed at Hotel Palomar and it was a short walk to the restaurant. Very small, unassuming room but I expected it given the other reviews posted here.
Greeted by a friendly hostess who asked us to sit at the 4 stool bar and wait a few minutes for our table to open. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we didn't sit until close to 9, but we were having fun and opened a bottle of wine at the bar.
Dinner was outstanding. Everything said about this place on the board is true. Had soft cheese course as a mini starter and a delicious gnocchi appetizer. DCs had mushroom ravioli and everything was fantastic.
Main meal for me was a beef dish I had never heard of : coulotte. Fantastic!!! Great balsamic, wine reduction sauce and some delicious potatoes. Others had the duck breast which was so-so. Didn't come close to comparing to the meat I had.
Really, really good cheese course followed (don't remember specifics).
Dessert was also very good (pudding I think), but truth is we were 2 bottles in of a delicious '00 Brunello di Montelcino and by that time we were having a ball and I stopped paying attention to the food.
$65 per person price fixed I thought was reasonable for what we got. Friendly service. While we were all in our late 30's, we brought the average age of the place down around 25 years! If you're looking for a great meal in a really small place and don't care about the best atmosphere, I heartily recommend this place.
Another dinner at Saint-Ex was had before a show at the 9:30 club. This was a much more laid back experience and we split some mussells, calamari and had a couple of burgers. Everyone was good and the multiple Stone IPAs certainly helped us get ready for the show. By the way, we came to DC to see Citizen Cope play and wouldn't you know he was also having dinner at Saint Ex before the show. Got to say "hello" and it added a little extra nice flair to the evening.
Thanks for all the recommendations on the board. It helped made our DC trip memorable from a food experience. Isn't that what this place is all about....