100 Best Restaurants 2012: Vidalia
Down-home cooking at Vidalia. Photograph by Erik Uecke.
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Address: 1990 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-659-1990
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10. Closed on Sundays during the summer, but after Labor Day dinner will be served Sundays 5 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp ā€™nā€™ grits; lemon chess pie; Reuben with pork belly; burger; sweet wreckfish; Dover sole.


Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben brings elegance and daring to down-home cooking with riffs on the Southern repertoire. And though the results are deeply satisfying, there's a surprising lightness to many of the savory plates.

Whether you're enjoying a killer mint julep in the living-room-like lounge or biting into buttery cornbread in the relaxed dining room, this subterranean eatery is all about comfort, both in mood and cuisine.

What to get: Crisp pork trotters (pig's feet) with candied pecans; Bibb-lettuce salad with buttermilk dressing; Frogmore stew with mussels, monkfish, shrimp, and sausage; shrimp and grits; lunchtime fried chicken with pepper-cream gravy; Palmetto burger with pimiento cheese, charred Vidalias, and a fried egg; pecan and lemon-chess pies; sugared doughnuts.

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

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