100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Brasserie Beck
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Brasserie Beck
Address: 1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-408-1717
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, Belgian, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center, McPherson Square
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Lamb sausage with lentils; pea soup with veal-cheek meatballs; frites with three mayos; mushrooms and spaetzle with a poached egg; coq au vin; snails; black-currant-and-fig clafoutis.

Robert Wiedmaier’s big, brash brasserie is all about beer and Belgian comfort fare. A large bar—popular with lawyers and lobbyists—gives way to a gleaming exhibition kitchen and dining rooms with mahogany booths.

Wiedmaier, who has amassed a restaurant mini-empire in the last few years, has gone back to his Flemish roots here. You’ll even find one of his boyhood culinary triumphs, a Gruyère-spinach omelet, at brunch. The cuisine is shored up with a prodigious list of Belgian brews—Duvel and New Belgium Tart Lychee are among those on tap. There’s a well-thought-out wine list as well, and if you don’t finish a bottle, they’ll reseal it and slip it into a to-go bag.

Don’t miss:Duck confit; beef carbonnade; bacon-and-truffle mussels and fennel-and-chorizo mussels; sautéed skate; fries with curry mayo; chocolate gâteau.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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