110 South Pitt Street
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, English/Irish/Scottish, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Papri chaat; lobster bisque; crab bisque; bacon-egg-and-cheese salad; bouillabaisse packed with cod and clams; charcuterie; any foie gras preparation; tarte Tatin; Eve’s Temptation cocktail.
Bistro entrees, $25 to $35. Tasting room menus, $85 and $110. Weekday Lickity-Split lunch menu (in the bar), $13.50.
There may be more-luxurious settings, and chef Cathal Armstrong is no innovator, but no area restaurant satisfies on so many levels. Looking to unwind? The roster of cocktails is the best around. Crave pampering? The effortless-seeming service will make you feel like a king. For foodies, the tasting room is an extravaganza, while the bistro makes good on its promise of a relaxed meal of earthy yet refined cooking. Need a lighter bite? The cheeses, some made in-house, are terrific, and so is the charcuterie board—all made in-house.
This article appeared in the July, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.