Tom Sietsema's Spring Dining Guide May 2010

Then & again

Tom Sietsema revisits 20 local restaurants -- old favorites, recent flops and one of the tiniest dining rooms around.

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American
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Silver Spring, MD
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
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Vienna, VA
2 Stars
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Modern American
McLean, VA
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Chinese
Wheaton, MD
2 Stars
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French
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Great Falls, VA
2 Stars
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Italian
Washington, DC
2 Stars
$$$
Pizza
Seafood
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Southern
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Thai
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Adelphi, MD
Alexandria, VA
Modern American
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
American
2 Stars
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Great Falls, VA
McLean, VA
Modern American
2 Stars
$$$
Silver Spring, MD
Vienna, VA
American
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
American
2 Stars
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Seafood
2 Stars
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Southern
2 Stars
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American
2 Stars
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Modern American
2 Stars
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Modern American
2 Stars
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Italian
2 Stars
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Wheaton, MD
3½ Stars
3 Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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McLean, VA
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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2½ Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Wheaton, MD
2 Stars
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2 Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Great Falls, VA
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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1½ Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Silver Spring, MD
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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½ Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
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Vienna, VA
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
$$$$
Great Falls, VA
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
$$$
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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McLean, VA
2 Stars
$$$
Washington, DC
2 Stars
$$$
Silver Spring, MD
2 Stars
$$$
Washington, DC
2 Stars
$$$
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
$$$
Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Wheaton, MD
2 Stars
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Bethesda, MD
2 Stars
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Washington, DC
2 Stars
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Vienna, VA
2 Stars
$
We combed The Post's archives for older reviews of these restaurants. Click the links in the "Then" column to see how they compare to this year's Dining Guide.
NAME
THEN
AGAIN
Adour at the St. Regis
After drumroll, disappointing
2008 Review
Annie's Paramount Steak House
Tradition preserved
1988 Review
Ardeo
Reinvigorated by new chef
2006 Review
Familiar, not flashy
2010 Spring Dining Guide
The Bistro at Restaurant Eve
Casual, comfortable, adult
2006 Review
Suave service, pedigreed ingredients
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Buck's Fishing & Camping
Greenwood aces iconic eats
2008 Review
New chef, new food, new mood
2010 Spring Dining Guide
DC Coast
Ode to the sea
2004 Review
Georgia Brown's
A comforting presence
1999 Review
This is the South?
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Hollywood East Cafe
Good, better
2005 Review
Best (for dim sum)
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Inox
Creating a tall order
2009 Review
Filling a tall order
2010 Spring Dining Guide
L'Auberge Chez François
Old World classic
2002 Review
Still a treasure
2010 Spring Dining Guide
The Original Ledo Restaurant
Pizza unlike any other
1988 Review
Pizza never disappoints
2010 Spring Dining Guide
The Monocle
Old-fashioned politico hangout
1988 Review
Old-fashioned politico hangout
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Mrs. K's Toll House
A mass-production kitchen
1988 Review
Alternately strange and satisfying
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Nora
A magnet for complaints
1996 Review
The Oval Room
Pushing the envelope
2007 Review
Primi Piatti
Italian for purists
1987 Review
Sometimes magical
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Redwood
Failed the taste test
2008 Review
Worth anticipating
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Rock Creek Restaurant
Healthful and satisfying
2005 Review
Thai X-Ing
Not-fast food
2006 Review
Patience rewarded
2010 Spring Dining Guide
Vienna Inn
Crummy but good
1997 Review
Dive has seen better days
2010 Spring Dining Guide
RATINGS CODE: A Guide to Tom Sietsema's Star Ratings and Decibel Levels
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