For sure, the menu is different from any other in the neighborhood. In addition to the prepackaged goods, including squid, mussels and cockles, diners can opt for branzino with a kimchi that pulls punches; macaroni and cheese tinted green with avocado (better than it sounds); a brilliant vegetable tart made tangy with goat cheese; a dense and dry pork chop; and succulent roast chicken. The crab cake is big and crusty, and a slice of chocolate layer cake easily feeds four.
What can I say? The restaurant is a mixed bag that seems to improve over time, but not fast enough for someone who lives to eat and is surrounded by choices, choices, choices.
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Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill: 1054 31st St. NW. 202-470-6606. dyllansrawbargrill.com.
Open: Dinner daily, lunch weekdays, brunch weekends.
Prices: Dinner $25 to $64, raw bar $2.75 to $25 (with tinned cockles for $120).
Sound check: 74 decibels / Must speak with raised voice.