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Fearless Critic restaurant review
DC
Food
Feel
Price
4.6
6.0
$40
Greek, Italian, American
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon–Fri 5:00pm–12:30am
Sat 10:30am–2:30pm
Sun 10:30am–2:30pm
Sun 5:00pm–12:30am

Features Live music, outdoor dining, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

www.verandaonp.com

Logan Circle
1100 P St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 234-6870
Veranda
A small-time venue where the food seems like an afterthought, even on the nice patio

Now that Veranda has outdoor seating, there’s at least one high point we can emphasize in this Logan Circle’s Mediterranean-themed restaurant. The wicker-furnished sidewalk patio is pleasant—certainly a better bet than the uncomfortably stiff red-and-green-striped pleather seats that line the perimeter of the lackluster beige dining room. The leafy street is an improvement over the grainy black and white photos inside depicting crumbled ruins, serving as the one reminder of the restaurant’s culinary theme.

The struggle with ambiance extends to the kitchen. Thick tzatziki tastes like a container of sour cream mixed with white onion chunks, something even less desirable when served with stale pita wedges. It’s anyone’s guess as to why the lamb shank with winter vegetables can be ordered mid-July, but it’s the waiter’s description of the shank’s “Vegas style” preparation that makes us do a horrified double-take. What is Vegas style, exactly? Is the shank wearing pasties and snorting coke? Although certainly tender, the lamb seems to be missing any of the anise, cinnamon and coriander flavors described on the menu, and a miserable heap of gritty, musty mashed potatoes ruins the savory meat drippings.

It’s fitting that the only winners here are the gelatos from local favorite Dolcezza (Greek yogurt, lavender, spicy chocolate), but get them by themselves; Veranda’s cakey white-chocolate bread pudding just brings it down.

At this point, it’s almost expected, but a terrible list of supermarket wines is inexcusable when there are so many exciting and lovely affordable producers from Greece, Lebanon and…hello? Italy?

The food presentation and execution here feel largely reminiscent of a corporate cafeteria, so anteing up anything close to the average $20 per main course may leave diners feeling cheated. Yes, the physical space is cozy, but a neighborhood ethnic spot this is not: the lack of atmosphere and the extremely mediocre (and overpriced) food render this more of a destination of last resort than anything else.

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