Spent the last few days in DC seeing my brother who came in from you Europe. We spent a few weeks combing through chowhound and came up with a short list.
1. Granville Moore's atmosphere and food was superb but lacking serious service. It is shame when come across a jewel to be dissapointed by service that included all areas of the house (hostess, waitress and manager).
2. Siroc is a new upcoming exceptional Italian restaurant that exceeding our expectations for wine, food, and service. I strongly encourage the DC area residents to give this small restaurant a try.
3. Attended a cooking class at "CulinAerie" - modern environment, excellent instruction - worth every penny. Check out some of the nightly classes if you want to improve your culinary skills. Place is first class! I wish they had one in Houston. www.culinaerie.com