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  1. And a lot of the people eating at those places don't get people like us spending hundreds of dollars for a meal. To each his own.
  2. The Cajun Pasta is my go to meal there. It's pretty good. Of course it's not in any way authentic, but who cares? It's a great place to go with a family when everyone wants something different, they're amazingly consistent (for better or worse), they have big portions and cheery service. That's what many people look for when they dine.
  3. Stopped here for lunch after hiking in Cunningham Falls Park. My quick takeaway...keep to the pork and the sides, and you'll have a really good meal here. Delicious cup of cream of crab soup to start with. Reminded me of a thicker version of Ray's crab bisque, which is a pretty high compliment. The pulled pork and ribs were both excellent...nice bark, juicy and smokey. Liked all the sides we got, but the collard greens were a standout...really good kick of vinegar and heat, and full of tasty pork morsels. The brisket was a little dry, and sliced too thin for my taste. Pretty good flavor, and better after we added some sauce. The smoked pit beef was our least favorite. Not much flavor, and really fatty and hard to eat. I'd certainly go back next time we're around...the soup, sides, and pork made for a really good meal.
  4. One of the big differences is that pupusas are generally eaten covered in pickled cabbage and a finely blended red salsa. Don't bother eating a pupusa without both. Agree with many of the suggestions above, but if you work in DC and get lucky, the El Tipico food truck has some really nice ones as well.
  5. I ate in the new Dupont location last week. Had the fish and chips...really good fish, nice batter, very tasty. I'd go back for it. The chips, on the other hand, were unremarkable and over-seasoned. Can't say anything else on the menu really called to me, and as it's been pointed out, Surfside makes some really good tacos right around the corner.
  6. Great...so we can look forward to the tasting menus doubling in price, and the reasonable four or five course prix fixe going away?
  7. Fair enough...the dining room is certainly a bit kitschy for my taste...but I was referring more to the overall experience. Driving out to the country, wandering around the town, walking through the gardens looking at the produce, dessert outside when the weather allows, etc. As for why it's so beloved, I think it has nice all around balance. Fancy, but not stuffy. Interesting food, without it being over the top. Balances the traditional luxury ingredients... lobster, foie gras, truffles...with seasonal/local ingredients. And it used to be a reasonable price. As I've said here before, I liked it better when they had a prix fixe menu, with more choices per course than it has now. But I've also had some fantastic food there. I can remember an amazing truffled mac and cheese, a cold peach soup that actually stunned me, a beef short rib that was one of the most intensely flavored things I've ever had, and many other dishes. I think the prices are simply reaching a point where expectations are getting too high.
  8. Depends...do you mind paying a LOT more money for food of the same quality, but with fewer choices than you had last time? I think the Inn's food is excellent, but not transcendent. Slam dunk yes at the $160 or so I spent last time. At $238, I'm not so sure. I do love the ambiance there though, and if you can convince yourself that you're really paying for the whole experience,then go for it.
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