i've been spouting out effusive praise for the meals i've had recently, but it's been totally scattershot and incoherent (like, omg, that food was DELICIOUS, kthxbai). also i've been eating out so much that when garrett asked me out to lunch the other day i basically punched him in the face. but nevertheless, here's a roundup of where i've been eating:
-hank's. becks and kriston and i went here when a couple of unfogged folks were in town. i can't recommend this dupont neighborhood seafood joint enough. and apparently their $1 oyster happy hour is back. get the fried oyster plate and the clam chowder. best part is that townhouse is around the corner so you can go get sloppy drunk on budweiser afterwards. which we did.
-butterfield 9. we went here primarily because they had an early restaurant week special that fell near my birthday, and i'm a cheapskate. it was really good, though i don't think spectacular. i had roast pork that was perfectly cooked and had some delicious plummy sauce to accompany it. warren had roast lamb that was cut up into medallions. the lamb itself was good (not as good as the pork, though), but it was accompanied by 2 or 3 medium-sized shredded beef-stuffed tortellinis that were like OMG DELISH KTHXBAI. no better words. i had started off with squash soup with goat cheese (very good) and warren had a scallop. a single scallop. i mean, it was tasty, but really? his dessert was a very standard creme brulee, and mine was a kinda dry pecan caramel brownie.
-hook. i guess i raved about this a sufficient amount in my earlier post, but, what the hey, i'll do it some more. basically, you have to go. calamari was grilled and served with a really excellent pesto; the desserts (like i said, we had the pannacotta and the red wine poached pear) were great, and they should be considering the pastry chef worked at citronelle; if you're a beet fan, the beet salad is incredibly tasty and fresh. all the entrees looked good, and our mahi mahi with squash risotto and bluefin tuna on a potato fritter were really good - though not as good as the appetizers or desserts. and also, the service was great - our waitress was just really kind and knowledgeable and friendly. and omg barton seaver came out and served the table next to ours and he's kind of totally hot.
-ps7. i didn't so much as eat here as i had two drinks here the other night, but i had the incredibly-recommended tuna sliders and they were indeed totally amazing. i could have popped 20 of those things in under 5 minutes.
-central. i didn't have a full meal here either (tracey invited me, kriston and jennifer to her organization's welcome back congress party held there with catering from the restaurant) but the food passed around was enough to convince me that i need to eat there properly, and soon. we sampled lobster burgers, cheeseburgers (best bite of a cheeseburger i've ever had), fried skate, salmon quesadillas, balls of perfectly friend chicken, mushroom risotto, cheese puffs...it was great. since we were only there on tracey's kindness and didn't have to talk to anybody else, the three of us just kind of stood by the kitchen door and tackled the caterers as they came by. and got tipsy off manhattans.
oh and also now i weigh 200 pounds.