Buck's Fishing & Camping
Carole Greenwood's boho-cool kitchen.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 10, 2006
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Buck's Fishing & Camping
Address: 5031 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-364-0777
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 5 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10, and Sunday 5 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Ness-UDC, Tenleytown-AU
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Price Details: Entrees, $18 to $39.

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THE SCENE. Bespectacled twentysomethings wander over from Politics & Prose, and neighborhood locals, chefs, and pundits jostle--and often endure long waits--for a spot at the bar or communal table at this intimate, Berkeley-fied haunt.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Nobody does comfort food with city-folk appeal like Carole Greenwood. And host and co-owner James Alefantis is a charmer.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The no-reservations policy works fine on weeknights but can be tough during the weekend rush. Waits might drag on longer than you're expecting, and if you're seated late, a good bit of the short menu can be sold out. And Greenwood's follow-her-bliss style results in a ragged inconsistency, with wonderful, spirit-lifting meals followed by indifferent ones.

BEST DISHES. Chicken livers on toast with bread-and-butter pickles; pan-roasted mussels; shrimp and grits; from the wood grill, whole branzino, lobster, or Greenwood's signature sirloin, mammoth and full of savor (a Fran Leibowitz quote on the menu reads: "My favorite animal is steak"); caramel ice cream; Texas chocolate cake.

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