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Comment by Ed Albetski on August 15, 2014 at 6:28pm

And we finish the week at Lincoln at Vermont and L Street NW. American cuisine with the whole organic, local grown thing going. Starters included roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil and garlic, an assortment of deviled eggs, and a red pepper crab bisque. Mains were a trout BLT, a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich, and chicken pot pie. Desserts included a honeydew sorbet, a chocolate fudge brownie cake, and butterscotch pudding. Very impressive, actually. A good week spent with friends in some of the best eateries in Washington. And we'll do it again in January.

Comment by Ed Albetski on August 14, 2014 at 6:32pm

Ici Urban Bistro is the restaurant in the Sofitel Hotel on 15th Street NW.  The choices were limited but well executed. Starters consisted of an heirloom tomato salad or a chilled shrimp and corn bisque. Mains were a choice of swordfish with olives and an eggplant confit or a chicken breast with spinach in a lemon butter sauce. Dessert was a strawberry and thyme tart. Service was a bit spartan, but the foo brought no complaints; a great meal. Tomorrow: Lincoln.

Comment by Ed Albetski on August 13, 2014 at 4:57pm

Toro Toro at I and 13th Street is a Pan Latin Bistro with a great Express Exec Lunch which they offered for $20.14 fir Restaurant Week. It is a buffet featuring cold meats, cheeses, fruits, and breads along with a hot section with chicken, sausage, vegs, and a special meat of the day; Wednesday was leg of lamb. Great food and atmosphere. The bar looked like a great afterwork possibility. Give this one a try. Tomorrow: Ici Urban Bistro, we're going French.

Comment by Ed Albetski on August 12, 2014 at 9:24pm

The Oceanaire Seafood Room was a very pleasant surprise. While many high-end restaurants serve "elf food" (tiny portions) for Restaurant Week, Oceanaire embraces the concept of wooing you to return. We all had the NE clam chowder as a starter. Mains were moule frites (mussels and French fries), a dirty (blackened) shrimp Cobb salad, and the steak sandwich. For dessert we chose the key lime pie ( a huge tart slice!) and the cheese cake. Great experience! Tomorrow: Toro Toro.

Comment by Ed Albetski on August 11, 2014 at 7:57pm

First day of this summer's Restaurant Week in DC. Our first visit was to the Old Ebbitt Grill on 15th Street, NW. A restaurant in the local Clyde's group, the Ebbitt is famous for it's political relics as well as it's menu. Our selections included the Italian beef sandwich (not part of their RW menu), the swordfish steak, and a fantastic mussels over linguine with an olive infused sauce. Desserts included peach cobbler and a chocolate chip bread pudding, both with ice cream. Tomorrow we will be at the Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Comment by Henry Brown on June 19, 2014 at 10:35am

Houston is offering their version of Washington Dining Week except it is for a full month Houston Restaurant Week(s)

Looking foward to the first and last week (will be on a 3 week vacation to Germany including a Rhine River Cruise from the 5th to the 26th

Comment by Ed Albetski on March 25, 2014 at 4:35pm

Back from a cruise to the Western Caribbean. To avoid "formal nights" (where you have to wear a suit or tuxedo) we opted for the upcharge restaurants on board where the dress code is Smart Casual. These were a Chops steakhouse, the Italian choice Giovanni's Table, and the Japanese Izumi. Chops was really like Fleming's,  Ditka's, or Shula's steakhouses. Big aged steaks, sides served "family" style, and big fancy desserts. Service was slow, but the food was great. Worth the $30 charge.  Giovanni's was all served "family style and the food was ok. Being from an Italian family (on my mother's side) I consider cheese on fish a mortal sin and Giovanni's was more Olive Garden than real Italian. $20 pp, not a bargain. Izumi was al a carte and a great deal.  They had combo menus for $15 that included soup, a sushi roll, a main course, and a dessert.  Well worth the charge.  I f you like cruises, take a look at the fancy offerings the specialty restaurants have.  Some are worth the time.

Comment by Jason Hastings on March 24, 2014 at 8:38pm

I made Atomic Buffalo Turds this weekend (I didn't name them). Jalapeno halves stuffed with cream cheese/cayenne/paprika, topped with a little smokey, and wrapped by a piece of bacon. Backed them on low heat in the oven until bacon was done (not crisp). Got rave reviews from family as well as the co-workers when I took some to work today.


Comment by Ed Albetski on January 18, 2014 at 12:10am

We finished the week at The Bombay Club on Connecticut Avenue. Starters: Hariyali fish with tomato kachumber; Lamb Goli Kebab with Onion, cinnamon, clove; Reshmi kebab (Chicken, garlic, green chili pepper, garam masala); Avocado sev puri (Flour crisps, yogurt, date-tamarind chutney); Palak tikki masala chhole (Spinach, ginger, chick-peas).

Entrees: Tandoori Salmon (Yogurt, garam masala) or Tandoori Chicken Chop 

(Chicken breast, clove, cinnamon, black pepper) or Saag Gosht (Lamb, onion, garlic, mustard greens) or Fish Moilee (Coconut, clove, cardamom, curry leaf ) or Malwani chicken curry (Malvani spices, onion, tomato) or Bombay Thali
(market fresh vegetables, paneer & dal).

Desserts: Banana crème brulee with cardamom ice cream or Gulab Jamun (Milk dumplings, rose syrup, vanilla ice cream) or Mix Sorbet (Mango, coconut, pomegranate).

An amazingly tasty and flavorful meal, redolent of spices. A great end to a great week!

Comment by Ed Albetski on January 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Todd English's MXDC boasts modern Mexican cuisine near 14th & G St. NW. Our starters included their homemade guacamole, chicken tamales with black beans & corn, and cauliflower soup with goat cheese. Entrees were a choice of ancho glazed pork shoulder, chile glazed chicken, and baked salmon with rice. Dessert was churros or tres leches cake. The flavors were fantastic. My only criticism was the pork was served with a grilled avocado and was topped with pickled onions. Fine and good, but it was so rich, it really need something like some crisp greens to offset the fattiness. The light airy cinnamon dusted churros with their side of caramel sauce were flatout superb.



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