January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants
Jeff Tunks's plush, bustling dining room picks up flavors from the Chesapeake Bay to the Pacific Rim.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published January 23, 2007
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DC Coast
Address: 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-216-5988
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:3, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11, and Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $14; entrees, $13 to $18. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $45; entrees, $19 to $28.

No. 91: DC Coast

Jeff Tunks owns three other restaurants, but this palace in the art deco Tower building is his flagship. Reading the menu, which hasn’t changed much since the place launched in 1998, it’s easy to see where those other spots came from.

The banquetted dining room, with angled mirrors that afford even hidden tables a panoramic view of the action, is cushy but corporate, the service efficient but impersonal. The food is Tunks’s power-crowd-friendly blend of visually exciting and wholly unthreatening.

The menu is a mix of culinary influences and styles—the Passion Food Group’s greatest hits. The gumbo, full of mahatma rice and andouille sausage, recalls the version at Tunks’s Louisiana-inspired Acadiana. Chinese-smoked lobster is the market-price star of the menu here and at his pan-Asian eatery, TenPenh. And a chèvre-stuffed chile relleno would be right at home at his Nuevo Latino hot spot, Ceiba. But the best thing on the menu is something Tunks hasn’t replicated elsewhere: a beautifully seared, double-cut pork chop with rich sweet potatoes, green beans, and fruit chutney—the very definition of wintry comfort food.
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