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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
8.0
9.8
$250
A lovely, spectacularly expensive restaurant pretending to have a world-class kitchen

Even in a world of fluffy credentialling organizations, the Relais & Châteaux experience tends to be specific and consistent. A drink before dinner—in the evocative garden, perhaps, or the warm, cozy library—is an aristocratic expectation. Servers strike a fine balance: unpretentious yet encyclopedic, personal yet not too folksy. A series of rooms is illuminated by a genteel gauze of orange light, appeasing the geezers with sufficient quantities of blown glass and patterned wallpapers without coming off like shiny Rococo ballrooms.… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
8.0
$20
A letter to our favorite NoVA Ethiopian

Dear Meaza Restaurant,

Excellent Ethiopian that isn’t in a dump? You spoil us! In fact, you look downright pretty, though that may owe to the slightly uncomfortable absence of lighting in here. Who are you, Blanche DuBois? These are appropriately Southern sensibilities for Virginia, even if it is a little unsettling to eat great Ethiopian on nice furniture with painted walls (and those plaid chairs are decidedly Yankee). We still wish you’d insist on withholding forks from diners who resist the… [More]