The Washington Post
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Neighborhood: Clarendon
Cuisine: American
Price: $$ ($15-$24)
Sound check: 99 decibels (Extremely loud)
Crisp-crusted pizza is one of the popular lures at Liberty Tavern.
Our Review

2012 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Magazine
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

Every neighborhood should have a Liberty Tavern, a restaurant that can stand in for the home cook but also serve as backdrop for a special occasion that won't break the bank. “Aunt Em's" fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cream gravy makes me homesick for someone I don't even know, onion rings crisped in duck fat take every ounce of discipline not to finish, and unlike so much of its competition, the busy bar mixes cocktails, good ones, for under two digits. You come for the food -- crisp-crusted pizza scattered with zesty fennel sausage, a gooey dessert that goes down like Snickers -- but hesitate to linger after the plates are cleared: a sign of its popularity, Liberty Tavern is a den of din. The test of a great restaurant is how it deals with wrinkles. When the kitchen got backed up one night, my server responded with an extra splash of gratis wine in my glass. Love her. Cheers to Lady Liberty.

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