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Next to Palena, WORST DC RESTAURANT WEBSITE EVER!  :lol:

Spend ten minutes at Kinkead's with your speakers on.

I just did the tour, speakers on: Palena, Kinkead's, IndeBleu

Rocks, I have to respectfully disagree. Indebleu's website alone is so obnoxious that it would dissuade me from eating there, let alone buying a Membership.

Palena's is just poor. I agree the Kinkead's piano music is mind numbing, but IndeBleu is a full-scale assault on the eyes, ears, and patience.

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I just did the tour, speakers on: Palena, Kinkead's, IndeBleu

Rocks, I have to respectfully disagree. Indebleu's website alone is so obnoxious that it would dissuade me from eating there, let alone buying a Membership.

Palena's is just poor. I agree the Kinkead's piano music is mind numbing, but IndeBleu is a full-scale assault on the eyes, ears, and patience.

I looked at IndeBleu's web site before it opened and was appalled. Mrs JPW, the graphic designer, was even more appalled.

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I don't think Indebleu's is worse than Zaytinya's (aside from the garish colors on Indebleu's site).

Am I the only person who keeps their speakers on mute just in case some site has obnoxious music? And I classify any website music as obnoxious. It makes most sites go down much easier.

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Most restaurant web sites are just god-awful. The best that I can think of if Sonomas, but even then they use flash. Flash is the most overused plugin on the internet today. I don't understand the need to have some fancy flash intro that takes a minute to load over a broadband connection.

Even worse though are the places that use those inner scroll bars like Citronelle. I HATE them. I'm constantly trying to use my scroll bar and then I realize that I have the use their stupid scroll bar and it's slow as....

Another pet peeve...Music in the background -- especially slow jazz.

I was very happy that davidgreggory.com got a makeover recently. Until then, I'd say it was the worst restaurant web site on the internet. But at least I haven't been able to find anyone using the "blinking text" tag recently.

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Flash is the most overused plugin on the internet today.

Even worse though are the places that use those inner scroll bars like Citronelle.

Another pet peeve...Music in the background -- especially slow jazz.

Colvin Run Tavern has got to have the most unintentionally ill-conceived background "music." Makes me want to . . . well, let's just say that it's supposed to be soothing and does not have that effect exactly.

Rosa Mexicano is just plain annoying. Not only does it fry the eyeballs and assault the ears, but notice how cleaverly they have managed to hide the actual restaurant menu, as opposed to the "on line shopping" list of products.

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I was very happy that davidgreggory.com got a makeover recently. Until then, I'd say it was the worst restaurant web site on the internet.

I don't know, dude ... I've heard Corduroy's new one is going to be even worse. :lol:

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I don't know, dude ... I've heard Corduroy's new one is going to be even worse. wink.gif

My last web site would have been the hands down loser of this thread. The pressure is on, but I can feel my new web site designer getting motivated . I know he'll do his best. Thanks for inspiring him Don. Edited by RWBooneJr.

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Looks like the website for Gerard's Place is no longer around. That one was beyond belief-- there was a big picture of a hot dog on it (?!?).

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Most restaurant web sites are just god-awful. The best that I can think of if Sonomas, but even then they use flash. Flash is the most overused plugin on the internet today. I don't understand the need to have some fancy flash intro that takes a minute to load over a broadband connection.

The use of Flash is also stupid because this is Washington. Many people work for the government. Many government workers view these sites from their office. Many government workers do not HAVE Flash and can't add it in because they work for the government and are accessing from the office. Ta da.

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I'd like to nominate Hank's as a simple model of what a restaurant site should be. Notice how the crucial details (hours, phone, address) are at the bottom of every page. That's usually all I need. But you've got a nice story of the place, a fairly accurate menu, some press clips and even a nice contact form that doesn't automatically launch Outlook (my biggest peeve). Nice n simple...

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Rosa Mexicano is just plain annoying. Not only does it fry the eyeballs and assault the ears, but notice how cleaverly they have managed to hide the actual restaurant menu, as opposed to the "on line shopping" list of products.

What's amusing about the music is that it is the Gypsy Kings singing. They are a French band that sings Flamenco songs, not Mexican!

An unintentional message about the authenticity of the experience, isn't it.

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The best that I can think of is Sonomas, but even then they use flash. Flash is the most overused plugin on the internet today.

If you read the whole page, you see that Sonoma's site offers a "Skip Flash" option at the bottom of the home page....

I agree that Hank's is clean and recognizes that people just want basic information from a restaurant website.....

Along the same lines, Cashion's......http://www.cashionseatplace.com/

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Most restaurant web sites are just god-awful. The best that I can think of if Sonomas, but even then they use flash. Flash is the most overused plugin on the internet today. I don't understand the need to have some fancy flash intro that takes a minute to load over a broadband connection.

Rasika. UGH! By the time I got to something I could click on I didn't even want to be there anymore! Which is a shame, because once you finally get in, the site seems somewhat unique. But by the time I got there, I was just so turned off. The least they could do would be to put in a "skip intro" button. But I guess, then, the web designer wouldn't get to show off his/her work.

I would NEVER hire a designer whose portfolio included flash intros like these.

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Rasika. UGH!
Worse than the intro is how when you click on a link in the website the view pans aroundthe screen and then zooms in. I immediately felt unbalanced and thought I was going to become seasick.

Websites should not require Dramamine in order to view them. Terrible.

**Upon further review, I thought the section they had labeled "CRITICAL ACCLAIM" was amusing in its presumptuousness (is that a word?). Edited by RWBooneJr.

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When I saw the title of this thread, I immediatley thought of IndeBleu. Although, Palena should ALSO be given consideration for NOT giving their roasted chicken recipe under their "Recipes" section! :)

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I like Equinox, but the web site is amateurish.

I wish Colorado Kitchen's site wouldn't keep disappearing.

Edited by JLK

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Whoa. I just went to the Rasika site to see what all the hullabaloo is about. That's not right. Excuse me while I go lay down until the room stops spinning.

[Exaggerating--only slightly.]

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Blame From Scratch. Apparently they have won awards for their dizzy-making sites. It actually doesn't bug me that much. Looks like their offices are right near mine so feel free to send me your letters of complaint to deliver. :)

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Whoa.  I just went to the Rasika site to see what all the hullabaloo is about.  That's not right.  Excuse me while I go lay down until the room stops spinning. 

[Exaggerating--only slightly.]

It made me want to gouge my eyes out. I guess I'm not alone :)

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The Rasika site is stylish, current, and highly navigable. But for the letter I's introductory feminine dance sequence, I think it's terrific. You guys are nuts.

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The Rasika site is stylish, current, and highly navigable.  But for the letter I's introductory feminine dance sequence, I think it's terrific.  You guys are nuts.

I like it too - once you get in. The wait while all the splash pages do their thing is a pain and almost negates the positives.

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I like it too - once you get in.  The wait while all the splash pages do their thing is a pain and almost negates the positives.

I can't get into the site at all. I mean, I can get the intro and the dancing I and all, but when I click on Menu or Bar or whatever, nothing happens. I don't have the level of Flash required to view the page... and I never will because I can't put new software on a government computer!

Only of trifling importance, I suppose. I mean, how many government workers could there be in DC? :)

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