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Disappointing Meal at David Craig, Bethesda

We were in Washington last weekend for a wedding and our children were arriving from different parts of the country. Our daughter arrived Friday night and we had a chance to have dinner with her before her brother and sister arrived the next day. We chose to go to David Craig....it won't happen again. My husband and our daughter ordered the heirloom tomato salad which they both enjoyed. I was drawn in by the cold English pea soup. Expecting a delicate soup I was disappointed by a thick, fairly flavorless, soup that clung to the spoon. Then there was a half-hour wait before the entrees appeared. My husband and I both ordered the pasta with veal and mushroom ragu. I asked how big the appetizer portion was and was told it would be the size of a bread plate, so I opted for a full portion. It should have been called "Young Bride's First Meal". The pasta was just shy of al dente, but worse, it had been sauced in a saute pan and allowed to dry out. Plus it was heavily salted. The full portion would have been an appetizer anyplace else. We ate without complaint because we were more into the conversation than the food....and we had already waited a half hour. Our daughter's shrimp risotto was better but, rather than a creamy risotto, it was sticky. And it was also heavily salted. Then we ordered the chocolate bread pudding. It was tasty but it was not bread pudding. The base was molten chocolate cake. Later that night it hit me that the full portion of pasta was $26 (!) and I kicked myself for not sending it back. Bad food, rip-off prices. Bye-bye, David Craig.

May 07, 2007
scatteree in Washington DC & Baltimore