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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 11/21/2011

D.C. Restaurant Recap: Where did you eat this weekend?


Szechuan Hot Pot with housemade noodles at Mala Tang Restaurant in Arlington. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)
This past weekend was the coldest we’ve had in a while and I, for one, was in search of a hearty dish. I was in New York for the weekend and found it in a stick-to-your-ribs Brazilian stew. On Sunday, I had a shrimp and asparagus omelette while indulging in the obligatory Manhattan brunch.

And speaking of brunch...

• Last week, imzadi told us last week about the “delicious” crab cake Benedict at Founding Farmers in Potomac, noting: “The eggs were perfectly cooked with nicely runny yolks, and the cakes were pure crab with little filler. The Hollandaise needed a little salt & pepper, but that was easily remedied. Hash browns with leeks were nice and crispy.

christy42 wrote that she was pleasantly surprised by the Mid-Atlantic fare at The Madison Hotel’s restaurant, The Federalist. Post food critic Tom Sietsema reviewed in Sunday’s edition of the magazine and wasn’t as impressed (see below the jump for an excerpt of his review).

Your time to dish — where did you eat this weekend? And what did you think?

Tell us about your experience in the comments and be sure to upload photos of noteworthy dishes to our dining out gallery.

Last week’s reviews are below and in the spirit of last-minute Thanksgiving orders, check out the Going Out Guide’s roundup of the best pie in the D.C. area. Because it just isn’t Thanksgiving without it!

Last week’s reviews:

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Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post
Mala Tang

Where: 3434 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. 22201

Candy Sagon says: “The chili-dusted tofu fries, with their crisp exterior and soft interior, are another great invention. A friend asked, ’Is this hurting tofu or helping fries?" I have no idea, but I can imagine munching these with a cold beer and a football game on TV.’”


The Federalist. Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post
The Federalist

Where: 1177 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Tom Sietsema says: “Trout splayed over amaranth with the consistency of porridge tastes as beige as it looks, despite the inclusion of a few green beans. Barley risotto bests the flabby duck leg it supports, and braised, shredded veal beneath a saucer of pastry (the aforementioned meat pie) grows tiresome after two monochromatic bites.”


Little Serow. Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post
Little Serow

Where: 1511 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tom Sietsema says: “The happy traffic jam commences with airy fried pork skins and a basket of fresh herbs and vegetables, some more familiar than others, for use as wraps and sops for the sauces; in the mix is a cluster of pea eggplants, the size of blueberries and pleasantly bitter.”

If you’re seeking modern American fare, you might look to the politically-themed burgers at BLT Steak. Justin Rude offers a roundup of burgers with names like the 99% and the Bi Partisan. Political candidates (Perry, Romney, Cain!) also get a nod with eponymous creations.

Happy eating and Happy Thanksgiving!

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