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Needed: 2 Restaurant suggestions for next week

Hello fellow chowhounds and greetings from Los Angeles.

My partner and I will be in DC Friday and Saturday night (10/3, 10/4), staying at the St. Regis.

Two different suggestions, please: Saturday night, something special.

Friday night, perhaps more interesting, offbeat, even casual.

Guidelines: wine centric food with a good/interesting wine list, and sadly (for me anyway), a place where seafood is not the main event. And perhaps not TOO far from the hotel?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

What ratios do you use for your mashed potatoes?

Years and years ago, when Michel Richard still had Citrus in Los Angeles, I asked him why his potato puree was so good. His secret? Butter. Tons of it. He told me it was equal parts butter and potato. I've never had the nerve to go that far, but I do add a shocking amount of butter to my mashed potatoes and they're pretty amazing. And no milk or cream. Just butter.

Nov 19, 2013
LAClemens in Home Cooking

Quince or Jardiniere?

Thanks very much for the advice. We're going to Quince.

Quince or Jardiniere?

Hello, SF chowhounds! I'm going to be visiting your fair city in two weeks. Due to a silly error, I've got reservations for two different restaurants on the same night, Quince and Jardiniere. I've never eaten at either of them and both came recommended by friends.

Thoughts on which you'd go with?

Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks, Boston Board!

I'm a long-time lurker who combed postings on here for good ideas for restaurants in Boston before my recent visit. Thanks to all who provided great suggestions. I ate very well during my stay.

My personal faves: I had a great lunch at Neptune Oyster -- sat at the bar and the neighbors were friendly. Lobster roll -- cold with mayo: kinda perfect. French fries just the way i like them, hand-cut, well done and crispy. Wine list -- small but incredibly well chosen and eclectic.

A really great meal at Prezza. Wine list is enormous and well chosen if a little pricey. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helped steer us to a delicious big italian red. Service was perfect. Noisy, but fun. Enormous pork chop, perfectly cooked. Some of the best meatballs ever, and the polenta with it... yum. My goal is to find a place like it in L.A. If I lived in Boston, I'd be a regular at Prezza.

I got to say, Hammersley's was a slight disappointment. Wine list is not inspiring and wine service is terrible. Roast chicken was overdone and dry -- and seeing an entire half a chicken, bones and all, sitting on a plate, seems a little too casual when you're paying 28 bucks for it. The beat salad was delicious but $14 delicious? And servers made multiple attempts to clear before we were done with courses. Hate that. But the cassoulet was delicious.

So again, thanks Bostonians. Your help was much appreciate. Good restaurants you've got!

Mar 29, 2009
LAClemens in Greater Boston Area