The 7 Most Overpriced Dishes in Washington

There are some foods you expect to pay top dollar for—but corn flakes and baked potatoes are not among them.

By: Anna Spiegel

The Golden Opulence Sundae. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

$1,000 Ice-Cream Sundae

Serendipity 3 in Georgetown

The Golden Opulence sundae includes everything your average 15-year-old boy—the first DC recipient of the dessert—adores: edible gold leaf, fruit “caviar,”and a Baccarat crystal goblet.

$58 Burger

BLT Steak in downtown DC

Just like some of the upper-upper class, the One-Percent burger is over-the-top rich with foie gras, braised short rib, and gold leaf.

$56 Lobster Tail

The Palm in downtown DC and Tysons Corner

When it comes to the advertised “jumbo” portion, 15 ounces sounds a lot better than its equivalent, “less than a pound.”

$30 Half Roast Chicken with Potato Confit

Occidental Grill in downtown DC

Because a $60 whole chicken with potatoes would be outrageous.

$22 Vegetable Tempura

Buddha Bar in DC’s Penn Quarter

Think your extravagant array of bok choy, broccoli, and mushrooms needs more steamed white rice? That’ll be an extra $6.

$14 Baked Potato

Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill

Yes, truffle oil and bacon are involved, but trendiness is the costliest ingredient.

$12 Corn Flakes

Blue Duck Tavern in DC’s West End

This deal includes milk and a banana!

This article appears in the March 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.