100 Best Restaurants 2010: Kinkead's
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Kinkead's
Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-296-7700
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Sunday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Farragut North
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Ipswich clams; oysters on the half shell; any of the rotating list of chowders; crabcake; a filet of cod topped with crab imperial and sided with spoonbread; skate wing, either pan-seared or crusted; apple tarte Tatin.
Price Details: Dinner entrees, $26 to $30.

Cuisine: A paean to all things piscatory, Bob Kinkead’s flagship serves up glittering platters of raw, shucked oysters, chowders that would make a New Englander pine for home, and crab-stuffed filets of fish that honor and improve on the Maryland fishhouse staple. In an age of freewheeling fusion, this trusty veteran of the DC restaurant scene remains a kind of gatekeeper for vanishing culinary values—for cooking that looks to the past but isn’t bound by it, fine but unfussy and rooted in a sense of place.

Mood: Upstairs, it’s a proper setting for a business transaction or a date. The excitement is downstairs, around the bar, where the spirit of an Irish pub mixes with the sophistication of a supper club.

Best for: All those traditionalists who seek quiet excellence from a restaurant.

Best dishes: Plump, sweet Ipswich clams, fried to a turn; oysters on the half shell; any of the rotating list of chowders; the best crabcake in town; a filet of cod topped with crab imperial and sided with spoonbread; a generous portion of skate wing, either pan-seared or crusted; apple tarte Tatin.

Insider tips: A new lunch-menu promotion offers a choice of soup or chowder and a sandwich for $12—or an excellent crabcake and house-made fries for $17.

Service: ••½

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

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