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Great New Restaurants 2010: Eola
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
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Eola
Address: 2020 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-4441
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pork croquettes; chicken-fried tongue; sunchoke velouté; agnolotti with bitter greens; tagliatelle with braised duck; quail ravioli; roasted pheasant with deviled eggs, spaetzle, and olives; pork jowl; braised veal breast; mocha-chestnut roulade; corn pan
Price Details: Starters, $9 to $12; main courses, $24 to $32.

Amid higher-profile restaurants and celeb-chef imports, this Dupont Circle dining room made a quiet entrance. But what it lacks in buzz it makes up for in heart—literally. Chef Daniel Singhofen’s love of offal is evident from the start, with an amuse-bouche of pork heart cooked in duck fat and an appetizer of chicken-fried tongue. He also rolls his own pasta—you’re not likely to find a better rendition of tagliatelle in any local Italian restaurant. The night unspools in a tranquil space that, like its rowhouse-restaurant models Komi and Obelisk, shows that more can be done with less, provided the staff has enough warmth—and heart.

Don’t miss: Corn panna cotta; quail ravioli; fried apple pie.

For a full review of Eola, click here.  

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