El Chalan Reviewed at New Blog

We love El Chalan. Kat and I have eaten there about 4 times now and said “we should do a review!” everytime, but always get distracted long before meal’s end.

ANYWAY, looks like someone beat us to the punch!  Brand new DC-dining blog DC Dives covered El Chalan, and had this to say:

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Circle Bistro: Great for Restaurant Week [FoBo Feed]

Note: Circle Bistro is just one of many area restaurants that are extending their Restaurant Week deals into next week, so don’t feel like you’ve missed out yet.

The Price: Again, until the 6th, a three course dinner is $35.09. An average three-course dinner without the special would come to around $45-$50.

The Good: The Restaurant Week menu is great — it’s the whole menu (I love when they do that), so the portions are generous and you don’t have to sacrifice preference for price.  

The Not-So-Good:  Circle Bistro is attached to a hotel, and so — not surprisingly — it does feel like you’re eating in a hotel restaurant.  It’s good food and service, but the ambiance seems to be just a little bit off.

The Noms: 3 out of 5 Noms. Nom Nom Nom.

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Juniper: Bees & Steaks (RW menu!)

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Note: Juniper is just one of many area restaurants that are extending their Restaurant Week deals into next week, so don’t feel like you’ve missed out yet!

The Price: Well, until the 6th, a three course dinner is $35.09. An average three-course dinner without the special would come to around $45-$50.

The Good: The portions in their RW menu are generous, and the prix fixe menu includes top dollar items like the Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes. Juniper offers a selection of homey Americana cuisine, make with fresh and high quality ingredients. Dishes are familiar and simple, emphasizing the flavors of the main ingredients rather then relying on over seasoning to pack a punch.

The Not-So-Good: Happy hour cocktail prices only apply at the bar and certain tables, so drink and then get seated. This is made especially frustrating in the outdoor seating area, where half the tables are for happy hour and the other half for dining.

The Noms: Four out of five noms. Nom nom nom nom.

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Wasabi: Good to Go [FoBo Feed]

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If you’re  fan of the original Wasabi restaurant in Farragut North, with it’s awesome conveyor belt dining experience, you should at least try out the Wasabi To Go location at 2000 Penn in FoBo (they also evidently have an even smaller To-Go place inside of Duques Hall, at 22nd and G.)

The Price: Under $15

The Good: For a long time, the only sushi you could get “grab and go” for lunch in the FoBo were those chincy california rolls inside the Marvin Center (21st and H).  Wasabi provides much higher quality sushi fresh and pre-made.

The Not-So-Good: The prices seem to be the same at both locations, so even though you’re paying the same price as you would in Farragut, you’re not getting the cool atmosphere and novel lunchtime fun.  Also, if you’re ordering a specialty roll, expect it to take a bit longer.

The Noms: 3 out of 5 noms. Nom Nom Nom.

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Vidalia: What’s Up Doc? [FoBo Feed]

Vidalia restaurant, at 1990 M Street, is a sort of fine-dining staple in the area.  If you’re a fan of nicer restaurants, then Vidalia belongs under your belt.

Vidalia is an expensive, southern influenced modern American restaurant that provides excellent service and has some of the most bizarre and satisfying treats I’ve ever had while dining out.  This place could stand on it’s amazing deserts alone (even if they are a bit over priced…), but luckily has several other dishes that help hold the bar high.

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