Originally Posted by lmaozedong
would love to hear your guys' food recommendations. i like zaytinya and central among others okay but i haven't had a meal here that really blew me away yet.
I like Zaytinya a lot. I mean, it's been hard for me to find Michelin-star type shit in DC, it seems. Not sure why that is, but at least there's a lot of really good mid-range stuff. Jose Andres does all his stuff better in LA at Bazaar, I think.
I also love Restaurant Eve. Probably the best meal I've had in the DC area. Glazed pork belly, sweetbreads, etc. New American done right. Amazing cheese course.
Found Citronelle to be really disappointing, especially for the price, but the GF took me there for my birthday so I of course acted super enthused. Now she's confused because she knows I'm a huge foodie with a relatively sophisticated palette and she's not, but she still found it underwhelming.
Other than that, I don't really know much. Jaleo is good for traditional tapas, but not astonishing (again, I think all the dishes at Jaleo that show up at Bazaar are done much better there, especially more subtly).
Cuba Libre is very enjoyable and not very expensive, but best not on a weekend night (the food quality suffers a lot when they're packed, it seems).
Still haven't been to Central, Cork, or a few other places I've been recommended.