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Kinkead's (Closed)

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006

202-296-7700

Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown

Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Sunday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Farragut North

Price Range: Very expensive

Dress: Business Attire

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.kinkead.com

Best Dishes:
Ipswich clams; oysters on the half shell; any of the rotating list of chowders; crabcake; a filet of cod topped with crab imperial and sided with spoonbread; skate wing, either pan-seared or crusted; apple tarte Tatin.

Price Details:
Dinner entrees, $26 to $30.

100 Best Restaurants 2010: Kinkead's

No. 24: Kinkead's

Cuisine: A paean to all things piscatory, Bob Kinkead’s flagship serves up glittering platters of raw, shucked oysters, chowders that would make a New Englander pine for home, and crab-stuffed filets of fish that honor and improve on the Maryland fishhouse staple. In an age of freewheeling fusion, this trusty veteran of the DC restaurant scene remains a kind of gatekeeper for vanishing culinary values—for cooking that looks to the past but isn’t bound by it, fine but unfussy and rooted in a sense of place.

Mood: Upstairs, it’s a proper setting for a business transaction or a date. The excitement is downstairs, around the bar, where the spirit of an Irish pub mixes with the sophistication of a supper club.

Best for: All those traditionalists who seek quiet excellence from a restaurant.

Best dishes: Plump, sweet Ipswich clams, fried to a turn; oysters on the half shell; any of the rotating list of chowders; the best crabcake in town; a filet of cod topped with crab imperial and sided with spoonbread; a generous portion of skate wing, either pan-seared or crusted; apple tarte Tatin.

Insider tips: A new lunch-menu promotion offers a choice of soup or chowder and a sandwich for $12—or an excellent crabcake and house-made fries for $17.

Service: ••½

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

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