100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Vidalia
Vidalia pairs hearty bison short ribs with chanterelles and cornbread purée. Erik Uecke.
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Vidalia
Address: 1990 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-659-1990
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Southern, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10. Closed on Sundays during the summer, but after Labor Day dinner will be served Sundays 5 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp ’n’ grits; lemon chess pie; Reuben with pork belly; burger; sweet wreckfish; Dover sole.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Pretzel ice cream is the accessory for finely chopped bison tartare at Jeff Buben’s dining room, now in its 22nd year. But the biggest draws re-main the unfussed-with down-home classics: squares of warm cornbread (good luck resisting any of the bread basket’s temptations), tender-crusted chess pie, and fat shrimp atop creamy grits. The honey-lit, dignified room is a favorite for business dinners and quiet catch-ups. The long bar with its loungey couches is home to a more vibrant scene—each weeknight between 5 and 7, it hosts one of Washington’s best happy hours, with Cheerwine and sweet-tea cocktails and Southern snacks.

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

Don’t Miss: Shady Lane salad, with radishes, apricots, and blue cheese; charcuterie board; oyster pan roast; crabcakes; steak-and-blue-cheese salad; mac and cheese; pecan pie.

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