100 Best Restaurants 2011: Westend Bistro
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Westend Bistro
Address: 1190 22 St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-974-4900
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tuna carpaccio sprinkled with chives; a pot of salmon rillettes; shrimp-and-bean soup; macaroni and cheese with ham and toasted bread crumbs; a golden-crusted fish burger with saffron aïoli; a filet of wild striped bass with Asian spices.
Price Details: Starters $10 to $16, Main dish $16 to $30

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

This warm-toned dining room is the endeavor of renowned French chef Eric Ripert. And though you’ll rarely see the silver-haired restaurateur on the premises, boldface names often are visible through the long expanse of windows that give the dining room as much privacy as a fishbowl.

The menu sticks mostly to bistro classics—roasted chicken, steak frites, a standout burger. But chef de cuisine Joe Palma, who went to school in Charleston, occasionally shows his affinity for the South with, say, a wonderful escargot-and-mushroom casserole over grits, a plate of smoky pulled pork and beans with cornbread, and the use of fried okra and sautéed peaches. Desserts continue to be a weak spot, but cinnamon churros with white hot chocolate are terrific.

Also good: Tuna carpaccio glistening with olive oil; a pot of salmon rillettes; oyster pan roast with leek-and-fennel-studded broth; skate with fresh artichokes and olives; macaroni and cheese with ham and toasted bread crumbs; fish burger with saffron aïoli; filet of wild striped bass with Asian spices.

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

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