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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/14/2010

The Dining Guide is here

By Justin Rude

In Tom Sietsema's Dining Guide this year, he dishes out the insider tips, tidbits and talents to know in the D.C. restaurant scene.

Check out all the new reviews, the video and two photo galleries, too, and then have your say at Sietsema's Table.

And let us know what keeps you coming back to your favorite spots:

By Justin Rude  | October 14, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Dining Guide  
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Food a service above all.

Food, obvious.

Service, especially if I have to deal with a reservation chick at Cafe Atlantico for Minibar, ooh "what is the time on your watch?" Gimme a break. She handles reservations for a fukking restaurant, she's not dealing with freaking national security nor anything of vital world changing importance.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | October 17, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Food a service above all.

Food, obvious.

Service, especially if I have to deal with a reservation chick at Cafe Atlantico for Minibar, ooh "what is the time on your watch?" Gimme a break. She handles reservations for a fukking restaurant, she's not dealing with freaking national security nor anything of vital world changing importance.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | October 17, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The food certainly. Above all else. I'd put two criteria. The first is that it be interesting. I don't have the time or money to eat out all that often and so I particularly appreciate the experience. I don't need to be educated (don't mind it), but I love being surprised. I still remember the pied de corchón I had at Central. Squid at Ris. Chicken two ways at Majestic. Pork belly at Honey Pig.

Once we're past the food (other than that Mrs. Lincoln…), I want to feel welcome. It's a little tricky for me to define sometimes. I remember one time when we went to a restaurant in Boston that was fancier than we realized. We weren't dressed for it, but were treated warmly. Ate well and tipped well.

I certainly look for good restaurants where I can go with the kids (4 year old twins). Eventide is very good. Firefly even better (though the kids' meal has a price tag). In both places, I felt like we were treated like a party of four, not two and two.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 18, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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