100 Best Restaurants 2011: Poste
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Poste (Hotel Monaco)
Address: 555 Eighth St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-783-6060
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 10. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30, Sunday 5 to 9. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 8 to 2.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Steak tartare on brioche; a slow-cooked hen egg on toasted brioche with hollandaise and black truffles; wild-mushroom consommé; spit-roasted poussin; a crisp-skinned filet of sea bass capped by a red-wine-poached egg; a loving ode to salted caramel, a mul
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $15; entrees, $10 to $18. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $14; entrees, $19 to $27. Three-course pre-theater menu, $30.06. Brunch entrees, $10 to $22.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

In an era when many chefs change their menus as often as they change clothes, there’s something reassuring about a restaurant content to produce the same couple of dozen plates year after year.

Better still, chef Rob Weland and crew are capable of genuine excellence, including delicately wrought soups, gently roasted, crisp-skinned chicken, ravioli to rival that of a top-flight Italian kitchen. This is contemporary bistro cooking as it ought to be—quietly revelatory but mindful of what’s most important: flavor. Likewise, Weland’s brunch is everything a modern brunch ought to be. There are few weekend repasts we’d rather sit down to: fried-to-order doughnuts, eggs and cured salmon, and duck-pastrami Reuben, all washed down with a glass of sparkling wine or an excellent half bottle of wine from France or California.

Also good: Bay oysters on the half shell; steak tartare on brioche; creamy gazpacho; house-made charcuterie board; French fries; heirloom-apple tarte Tatin; Eighth Street Market cobbler for two.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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