100 Best Restaurants 2012: Eola
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Eola
Address: 2020 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-4441
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pork croquettes; chicken-fried tongue; sunchoke velouté; agnolotti with bitter greens; tagliatelle with braised duck; quail ravioli; roasted pheasant with deviled eggs, spaetzle, and olives; pork jowl; braised veal breast; mocha-chestnut roulade; corn pan
Price Details: Starters, $9 to $12; main courses, $24 to $32.

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This chef-driven restaurant wins your heart with the little things. Chef Daniel Singhofen sources locally and cooks with conviction, and the young staff is so passionate about the restaurant's mission, it could probably talk you into joining up.

Two years after opening, the softly lit rowhouse remains something of a secret. You don't come here to impress the boss--but you might come to woo someone with an appetite for adventure. Singhofen is a committed nose-to-tail cook, but he seems less interested in shocking than in satisfying. The $65 tasting menu is one of the area's better values--five courses combining sensuality with an artisan's eye for detail.

What to get: Chicken-liver pâté with pistachio cake; crisp-skinned shoat belly with country-style white beans; lamb Bolognese with blue cheese; salmon with roasted kabocha squash and harissa; a deboned poussin impersonating a Chicken McNugget; lamb medallions with hummus; huckleberry tart; stewed peach with sarsaparilla ice cream.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Expensive.

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