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Nice Cream Factory

The post on Ice Cream Jubilee below compelled me to write about the Nice Cream Factory in Clarendon. As a former pint-a-day guy, I'm serious about ice cream, and in my opinion, this is the best ice cream I have ever had.

They make your ice cream to order, using liquid nitrogen. It sounds gimmicky, but the result is extraordinarily creamy. And this is purists' ice cream. They have no toppings, offer no cones, and offer only four flavors at a time. Winners -- and they have nearly all been winners -- include Honey-Lavendar, Lemon, Pistachio, Nutella, Peach, Strawberry-Basil, and Peanut Butter.

It's on Clarendon Blvd., across the street from Crate and Barrel, where Red Mango was.

Best Chef's Table?

Volt Table 21, if there's only 6 of you and you can get in. You can't go wrong with Cityzen. Consider Tosca. If it's during the week, have Yannick Cam cook for you at Bistro Provence in Bethesda.

What are some "shouldn't miss" dishes at Proof?

The sablefish with miso glaze.

Bistro Provence -- any recent reviews?

I had dinner there two weeks ago tonight. I thought to food was outstanding. Yannick Cam is in the back cooking, and every course was memorable. I'd love to go there for an off-the-menu tasting that would recall Le Paradou. (I understand they will do this but not on the weekend.) In terms of atmosphere, they could use a little music or something, particularly on an uncrowded Sunday.

If I have to pick only one for dinner, what will it be? Minibar? Komi?

Neither. Both are worthwhile, but if you can only pick one dinner, I say pick Table 21 at Volt.


I had lunch there on Friday. I thought it was fine, but nothing special. I had the fried oysters and the bouillabaisse. For the money, I think you can do much better.

Best shellfish dishes DC/NOVA

Fried oysters at Johnny's Half Shell.

Indian food?

Tandoori Nights in Clarendon makes a sensational mulligatawny soup.

Where to get a Patty Melt?

You can get a respectable one at Metro 29 Diner in Arlington.

Michel Richard's Central

Recently added to the menu is a Chicken Nuggets appetizer. So good.

dinner near JW Marriott DC ( 13th st)

You are a two block walk from Tosca, and you should not miss it. You also a short walk across the White House plaza from the Oval Room. These are two of the best tables in the city right now. And Central rarely disappoints.

Best Dining at Bar / Traveling alone

Tosca fits the bill perfectly.

CityZen, Equinox or Corduroy?

Citizen, hands down. Equinox is solid, but five years past its prime. Corduroy is solid too, but not really for the special occasion it sounds like you have in mind. Only Cityzen is really an event.

Tandoori Nights - good Indian in Clarendon

I would add that the mulligatawny soup is the best I have been able to find in this area.

The Federalist

Has anyone been?


We went on Saturday night. We were pretty disappointed. They've done a nice job with the space, and it is quite a scene. But the food was not memorable. The four of us had fifteen courses between us. They ranged from decent (the foie gras, the parpardelle) to fair (most things) to poor (the clam crudo, the risotto with rubbery cod -- both of these on the four course tasting menu). I always regretted not making it to Maestro. Now I will wonderr what all the fuss was about.

What happened to Cafe Asia Rosslyn?

It is still open.

Best Dessert in DC?

Outside of DC proper, but: The banana split (with waffle) at EatBar in Arlington.

Tasting Menu

Yeah, it is was weird because they took my reservation. Today they called me and told me they would be closed. Disappointing.

Aug 30, 2010
mnadel in Manhattan

Tasting Menu

Thanks! Veritas it is. And thanks for the slide show!

43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Aug 27, 2010
mnadel in Manhattan

Tasting Menu

I am in town for only one night and looking for a recommendation for a blowout tasting menu. I've done Per Se, and 11 Madison Park is closed for renovations. Recommendations appreciated.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Aug 26, 2010
mnadel in Manhattan

Maui: Best Chef's Tasting

To me, this is a simple one. Spago is the only tasting menu on the island that would place for a tasting menu in a large mainland city--although I haven't tried or heard much about the Banyan Tree's tasting The tasting menus at Lahaina Grille and David Paul's are more like "sampler" menus than true multi-course tastings. Of course, Spago will be an hour's drive for you.

You might call Merriman

Banyan Tree
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI

3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

Aug 03, 2010
mnadel in Hawaii

J & G Steakhouse - total disappointment

I agree that J&G is excellent. They have a $58 tasting menu that is one of the best deals in town. The weak point is the steak.

The Source is excellent as well.

Good Food and Unpretentious in DC

Ceiba is still there.

Restaurants that live up to the hype

Volt, both Table 21 and the regular menu. My two best meals of last year (when you could still get in).

Also, to the extent it has hype, The Source lives up to it.

Good breakfast sandwiches in DC?

I like the breakfast sandwiches at the airport Five Guys, both Reagan and Dulles. Also, I appreciate the Pot Bellys breakfast sandwich.

Maui Trip Help

I would put Kimo's back on the list. It is at a lower price point than the others, except Hula Grill, and I think the fish there is exceptional. The menu is *not* the same as at Hula Grill, although hey both have the hula pie.

I'd avoid Roy's. I'm also not sure I'o merits a trip.

Jul 10, 2010
mnadel in Hawaii

One night in Cape May

I'm eating at Union Park tonight. Where should I eat tomorrow night? I'm looking for something along the same lines, but would also be interested in someplace for simple lobster. Thoughts?

Union Park
727 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

Jun 11, 2010
mnadel in New Jersey

Inn at Little Washington - Concern

I have eaten at the Inn five times since 1999. In my view, it is just as good at it has ever been. What has changed Is that the rest of the world has gotten better. Ten years ago, there was no Volt, no Marcel's, no 2941, no Minibar. The competition for best restaurant in the area was Kinkead's. There were no tasting menus. The food world has gotten better, while the Inn has stayed the same.

Kinkead's Restaurant
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

Where to buy foie gras and caviar in/near DC?

There is also foie gras at the Organic Butcher in McLean.