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By Phyllis C. Richman
Washington Post Restaurant Critic
From The Washington Post Dining Guide, November 1996

| 2424 18th St. NW
(202) 328-7194

Hours of Operation and Prices
Dinner: M-Th 6-11, F-Sat 6-11:30
Closed: Sun
Entrees: $12-$19.50

Other Information
• All major credit cards
• Reservations recommended
• Dress: casual
• Valet parking (fee) Wed.-Sat.
• Entertainment: Latin music, dancing Th evening
• Handicapped accessible

For years Cities has been a focal point of Adams-Morgan. Half an open-to-the-street bar and also a full-blown restaurant, Cities revamps its menu and dining room every once in a while to reflect a different urban setting. Over the years Cities has spotlighted Paris, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, to name a few. In doing so, it has always combined the wacky (note the whimsical renditions of the cityscape) with the wonderful (note the serious cooking). The restaurant has been a meeting ground for young and old, jeans and jewels, change and tradition.

With each new theme, authentic cooking from some part of the world has been combined on the menu with some of the city's best pizzas. Signature dishes - some with a Turkish bent to reflect the ownership - also stay through the transformations. Cities has long been known for its very good bread baked in a wood-burning oven. And its vegetarian platters are impressive enough that even carnivores have coveted them. The food is as decorative as the environment. Fronds of chives wave over the plate, salad greens are piled high and cigar-shaped pastries are poised in careful constructions. Thus, even when the cooking is erratic - where is it not? - it is continually interesting.

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