D.C. Restaurant Recap: Pre-holiday edition


Crawfish Etouffee at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (By Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Eager to hear where local foodies dined. But first, a look at where local diners ate last week and reviews from The Post’s food team.

blackandgreen braved a long wait at Estadio for scallops, open-faced smoked salmon, and crispy Brussels sprouts. It proved to be worth it though, absolutely delicious.”

Not exactly, local dining, but exerda reported having a lovely meal of white snapper with cumin butter and mango salsa while in Bangkok. Perhaps he can revisit his trip at the recently reviewed Thai X-ing.

Share your recent dining adventures in the comments. (I took a hiatus from restaurant dining this weekend so will live vicariously through you commenters). We’ll add some of our favorites to the next Restaurant Recap. And if you need inspiration on where to dine next, check out the recent restaurant reviews below the jump.

Last week’s reviews:

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. (By Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Where: 1612 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Tom Sietsema says: “Jumbo-lump crab cakes are among Pearl Dive’s best sellers. The two crusty seafood patties shored up with tangy greens and a puddle of mustardy cream sauce would please a Baltimore snob.”


A tuna panino at Azi's Cafe (By Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Where: 1336 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Justin Rude says: “Panini, served with a bag of chips, are also nicely done. The gooey ham and Swiss and the herbivore-friendly veggie were cooked just enough to melt the cheese while leaving the bread toasted but still soft under the crust. The tuna panino, a new addition to the menu, was a pleasant surprise: a tuna melt made more portable through pressing.”


Hazelnut Spumone and Coffee Work dessert at Elisir. (By Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Where: 427 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Tom Sietsema says: “Among the afternoon food lures are a twist on spaghetti carbonara featuring a poached duck egg and peppery cheese fondue, and skirt steak finished with a Gorgonzola-pistachio sauce.”


Metro City Wing House's famous buffalo wings with medium sauce. (By Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Where: 427 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Tim Carman says: “Metro City also offers a twist on a classic: Buffalo Nuggets, little breaded, deep-fried chicken poppers ($3.50 for a quarter-pound, $7 for a half-pound and $12 for a pound) prepared with 100 percent breast meat. They’re 100 percent addictive, especially when dressed with the lemony, black-pepper-flecked Obama sauce. Seriously, I could have OD’d on those things.”

And in honor of the holidays, catch up on Going Out Guide’s list of the best chocolate shops in the D.C. area. Perfect for those of you who (ahem) haven’t done your holiday shopping yet.

Happy Holidays, all! Remember you can always upload photos of noteworthy dishes to our dining out gallery.

Bethonie Butler is a producer and a reporter on The Post’s engagement team. She oversees online comments and has also contributed to The Style Blog and She The People.

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