100 Best Restaurants 2011: Corduroy
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Corduroy
Address: 1122 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-589-0699
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Kabocha-squash soup with cheese crisp; red-snapper bisque; duck-egg-and-leg salad; lamb loin with garlic crépinette and creamed spinach; Muscovy duck with fig sauce; chocolate tart with caramelized bananas; house-made ice creams.
Price Details: Expensive; entrées $20 to $32.

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

Chef/owner Tom Power’s style can be summed up in one word: restraint. You see it in the earth tones and minimalist art in the dining room; on the menu, which shies away from flowery language; and on the plate, where he makes ingredients sing without going overboard on presentation.

Power’s seasonally inspired American menu is concise and consistently well executed. In colder months, you might find a rich red-snapper bisque and a pork belly over braised cabbage and a puddle of jus. For bargain hunters, the upstairs lounge offers a three-course prix fixe dinner for $30.

Also good: Lobster carpaccio painted with drawn butter and lobster oil; crab blintz with chayote-squash slaw; rare tuna with sushi rice and hijiki seaweed; lamb loin with house-made lamb sausage and lentils; pistachio bread pudding; chocolate tart with caramelized bananas.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner. Moderate to very expensive.

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