Monday, February 4, 2013

The Most Bang for Your Buck: Where to Eat for Restaurant Week

I am not going to lie to you, Restaurant Week generally produces an eye roll, followed by an, "Ugh" met with some other annoyed gestures and overall, "I'm really just so over for Restaurant Week" conversation.

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When I first moved to D.C. the idea of $35 dollar dinner THRILLED me. I made plans for a few lunches, some more dinners, and was all sorts of Kimmy-K excited about getting my friends together.

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Then, my naive self realized, the service is bad, the menu is dismal, and the atmosphere is generally less than thrilling. But, yes there is a but, that was before I figured out the system to Restaurant Week, and some places are better than others. So while my enthusiasm isn't as unbridled, I am also not as snobby about Restaurant Week either. (Somewhere my sister is reading this and saying Thank you Jesus, she's not a horrid wench).

Hands down THE BEST place to check out for Restaurant Week in D.C. is Filomena in Georgetown. Not only is it preferred by all sorts of D.C. famous (Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush) but "REAL" celebrities too, check out the gallery here. Heck, even the Travel Channel profiled this "pasta paradise."


Now for Restaurant Week, the menu is a bit abbreviated, but the portions are beyond GENEROUS and the three course meal comes with complimentary bread, soup, and if memory serves me correct, a shot of delicious booze post-dessert.



My second pick, Tallula (dinner only) comes highly recommended for Restaurant Week. While I've had the (beyond amazing) food during regular business hours, my roommate was highly complimentary of not only the food she ate during Restaurant Week, but the service as well. Now, this is in Virginia, so some of our DTD readers may not want to venture all the way out here, but I tell you this, you won't be disappointed.
 
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Speaking of disappointed, I warn you to avoid PS 7's AT ALL COSTS. This was hands down the worst Restaurant Week experience I've ever had... and it was at lunch. Looking at the full restaurant week participation list, I don't think they are included this year, but just in case I'm missing something, I give you this fair warning.

For a full list of restaurants participating this year, click here.

Happy Restaurant Week, let us know your favorite places to eat in the comments below!

 

5 comments:

  1. OMG I have such an unhealthy Filomena obsession -- so much food, and that Beef Brisket Ravioli is the BEST. I also had really good experiences at the Oval Room and WestEnd Bistro!

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    1. Filomena is beyond delicious. It is my "MUST EAT" for visitors.

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  2. PS7's actually closed recently, forcing mixtress extraordinaire Gina Chersevani over to Barracks Row to serve her signature sips. She's worth the trip over there.

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    1. I thought Gina's departure preceded the closing (or at least in the press it did). Maybe she knew something in advance, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised if her departure was a factor in their closing, since my friends and I only ever went for her drinks and their bar bites.

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  3. I had a terrible experience at PS 7's during restaurant week too! Horrible service--my fiancee and I were told that they needed our table in an hour so we would need to be done by then...so rude. And the food was majorly disappointing. Not sad to hear it's closed.

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