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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/18/2010

Getting Up Guide: Bailouts and Bacon Week

By Alex Baldinger

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Monday:

Steven Rattner
The man put in charge of the U.S. government's bailout of the auto industry discusses and signs his new book, "Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry," at 7 p.m.

The Informant!
The DC Labor FilmFest rolls along with Matt Damon's turn as conflicted whistleblower Mark Whitacre in Steven Soderbergh's darkly comic "The Informant!" If the sight of a puffy Damon wearing a Tom Selleck mustache isn't enough of a gag, the film's vaudevillian score, composed by the inimitable Marvin Hamlisch, will do the trick. The film begins at 7 p.m.

Bacon Week
Did you see those shots of the bacon-wrapped steak after the commercial break during the Redskins-Colts game last night? That was a snapshot of the offerings for Restaurant 3's Bacon Week, which features a three-course bacon-infused menu, bacon-making classes, bacon cocktail specials and bacon-maple ice cream. Appetizers include bacon-on-a-stick and bacon cheddar soup, entrees are bacon shrimp and grits or pork three ways, and the coda to the whole thing is a surprisingly well-balanced dessert that tops a bacon-studded waffle with maple-bacon ice cream.

--Justin Rude and Alex Baldinger

By Alex Baldinger  | October 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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The Week of Bacon menu offerings did not end up impressing me. Went with two friends: 2 of us got the menu, the 3rd got a salad, and we shared all. Really, the best thing was the bacon waffle. In it, the salt and sweet played well with each other, and the flavors were especially brought out in the ice cream.

The bacon-wrapped pork chop was dry and disappointing; we had to dunk it in the sauce of the bacon-shrimp-and-grits to make it chewable. And that 2nd dish was overly sweet, and the bacon flavor was lost in the tomatoes.

Love the idea; was disappointed in the execution.

Posted by: laurnieo | October 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree the the poster above me. What could have been an excellent menu, was hindered by poor presentation and execution. 2 of us went to Bacon Week, and neither of us left happy. The potato and bacon soup, was not rich and had little of the key ingredient.

The bacon wrapped pork, was the most ill thought out dish of the evening. There was little to no bacon wrapping the pork, and what little happened to be there was extremely undercooked.

The bacon wrapped shrimp and grits, weren't really that. I don't recall seeing to much bacon wrapping the shrimp, and the grits were more of a polenta. The "bbq" sauce was watery, and provided little flavor to the dish. The shrimp were borderline overcooked.

The only saving grace of the evening was the waffles with maple ice cream. They were delicious, but well it's difficult to mess up waffles.

All in all, it was an overly priced disaster. And I don't think that I will be returing to Restaurant 3 at any point in the near future.

Posted by: PicnicTime | October 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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