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

| 2915 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 332-8300

Hours of Operation and Prices
Lunch: M-Sat 11-4; Entrees: $6-$12
Dinner: Sun-Th 4-9:30, F-Sat 4-10:30; Entrees: $7-$19
Pre-Theater: Daily 4-6:30, $16
Brunch: Sun 10:30-4, $16

Other Information
• Credit Cards: All major
• Reservations: Recommended
• Dress: Casual
• Nearest Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo
• Parking: Free lot; valet (fee) Sat evening
• Handicapped accessible

Mrs. Simpson's has had a facelift, and it's a good one, the kind that you hardly notice except that the place somehow looks spiffier. This pretty and dignified Woodley Park mainstay is lined with photos of the woman who won a king right off his throne. And if Wallis Simpson was anything like this restaurant, she was a charmer.

The menu is filled with lightly dressed and seasonally fresh offerings such as grilled vegetables, bright salads, crab cakes, a few pastas, not-too-fussy fish dishes. At dinner as well as lunch, you can eat fully or delicately. And Sunday's champagne brunch is a neighborhood tradition. The food is contemporary but not especially adventurous, and comforting if not notable. Seasoning is low-key, sauces are at a minimum. Mrs. Simpson's is not trying to make culinary history; it is intent on being hospitable. Thus it is the service that most impresses. Mrs. Simpson's is serene and gracious, settled and reliable. It's a restaurant that's maturing handsomely.

© 1996 The Washington Post Co.

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