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#1 JennyUptown

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 02:41 PM

Very interested to hear thoughts on this spot. Who's been? What's good/bad about the place?

#2 DonRocks

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 05:32 PM

Buck's is an interesting, pleasant space that should do quite well in this location. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, and the bar is a comfortable place to spend an evening. There's a canoe up in the rafters, if that hints at the motif, and there are no bottles on the wall behind the bar which makes it feel more homey, less like a business.

The staff seemed competent and cool. James, one of the co-owners, is quite intelligent, a fine conversationalist, and apparently business-savvy (so why did he approve the name!?), Jamie behind the bar is low-key while at the same time being friendly, attentive and welcoming, and Carole Greenwood herself, about whom many vignettes fly, came across at utterly affable and charming to me. The receptionist was also quite cordial.

The wine list is a brainchild of James, who is quite the oenophile, and it's esoteric, affordable, and a wine geek's dream considering it's relatively small size. There's no way a restaurant is going to feature wines such as this unless someone really knows what they're doing. But ultimately, I wonder if the list is more thoughtful than it is good (do I really want a Greek rosé as the only one on the list?) Still, it gets a solid B+ given its price-point, and given the knowledge of James, should quickly get even better.

The mussels in a rosemary broth are truly great, as good as mussels get, and I think I went through about two baskets of bread (very good bread) sopping up the broth. I can't imagine liking mussels much more than this. Obligatoire. It's a mistake to go and not get these.

Grilled quail with venison sausage needs to be rethought. The quail didn't sing, and it was served with a pear chutney which was overwhelming, the whole thing being in a teriyaki-like sauce. The two pieces of venison sausage in the dish were terrific, but lost in the saucing. By the way, the menu reads "Grilled quail and venison sausage," and I was expecting grilled sausage made of quail-and-venison.

The steak is a price anomaly at $29.50 (I don't think any other entrée goes higher than the mid-teens). And it's worth it, too, dry-aged and prime. Meat-wise, it's as good as it gets. As good as Charlie Palmer. Where does she get this stuff? This was a remarkable steak. It comes with excellent sweet-potato fries that you might think are in need of sea-salt, but one bite of the steak will change your mind: the coating/saucing is seeringly salty, and unfortunately I think it detracts from the otherwise mind-bendingly good steak. Let me repeat: this is a world-class steak, but given the aggressive seasoning, the sweet-potato fries are rendered as impotent as taro chips. A bit of tweaking with the peripherals, and you have the best steak dish in the city.

Jamie admirably kept his composure when I ordered the chocolate icebox cake ... and asked for a glass of milk. I haven't ordered a glass of milk in twenty years, but it just seemed so right at the moment (they didn't have any). What I was hoping for was something cakey, but what came instead was more of a ganache, and I don't think that seems appropriate for this restaurant. It was good, perfectly honest and well-executed, but probably not worth the calories for me.

So in my mind, there were dazzling highs (steak, mussels, service, atmosphere, esoteric wine), troublesome lows (quail, sauces) and not much in the middle (the icebox cake).

In summary, Buck's is a wonderful and formidable addition to the DC dining scene, and does certain things as well as anyone. I'm happily going back there soon.

Cheers,
Rocks.

Edited by DonRocks, 23 November 2003 - 06:18 PM.


#3 Mark Sommelier

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Posted 24 November 2003 - 07:24 AM

Rocks,
Next time you go, ask if you can have the steak without all the salt and see what happens. :raz:
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Posted 24 November 2003 - 09:30 PM

I hear they have a "fish fry" fixed course dinner on Sunday nights. Anybody know the details on this? If not, I'll give them a call and report back.
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Posted 25 November 2003 - 06:38 AM

Could you tell me where this place is?
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#6 JennyUptown

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:03 PM

The old Greenwood space. Upper Connecticut Ave (sorry no exact address handy).

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 06:01 PM

Could you tell me where this place is?

Conn. Ave between Fesseden and Nebraska Ave. It's in between Politics and Prose and the original Marvelous Market.
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#8 Mark Sommelier

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 12:44 AM

Just a question. Doesn't the name "Greenwood" give anyone pause?
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Posted 26 November 2003 - 08:09 AM

I have heard enough bad things (whether they are justifed or not) that this isn't a place I am rushing to, just as I didn't rush to Greenwood.

Not that I am someone looking to make a lot of substitutions, but a pleasant atmosphere is what I am looking for and that is not a reputation that the Greenwood people have.

If I could be convinced otherwise, I could change my feelings though.
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Posted 26 November 2003 - 08:14 AM

Just a question. Doesn't the name "Greenwood" give anyone pause?

Only if you want to have the sauce on the side or substitute brocolli for mashed potatoes. If so, heaven help you.
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#11 Mark Sommelier

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 09:36 AM

Just a question. Doesn't the name "Greenwood" give anyone pause?

Only if you want to have the sauce on the side or substitute brocolli for mashed potatoes. If so, heaven help you.

God forbid you should ask for the chafafa on the side.
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Posted 29 November 2003 - 05:29 PM

Has anyone tried the fishfry on Sunday?

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 01:59 AM

Has anyone tried the fishfry on Sunday?

No, everyone is too afraid to. "Can I have tartar sauce instead of remoulade?"
"NO!!"
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Posted 03 December 2003 - 12:09 PM

I can't seem to find the menu online...which is a shame. A few friends and I are thinking of stopping by tonight, but we want to be sure there are choices we can order without wanting to make substitutions!

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 07:40 AM

I just ate at Yuck's last night and I was amazed at how every dish that we tasted was borderline bad!

The sausage was dry and bland. The bbq duck was tender however drenched in a vinaigrette reduction that was not fully reduced. The menu is limited and difficult to read. The ambience was nice, it seems as Yuck's has good ideas that unfortunately all miss the mark. The waiter described the ice box cake as "light, not too sweet" it was dark, heavy, decadent, a step away from fudge.....which was nice...just the wrong description from our knowledgeless waiter. Though the owners were welcoming and courteous, maybe they should have been spending their time in the kitchen as opposed to the bar!
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 08:57 AM

I just ate at Yuck's last night and I was amazed at how every dish that we tasted was borderline bad!

The sausage was dry and bland. The bbq duck was tender however drenched in a vinaigrette reduction that was not fully reduced. The menu is limited and difficult to read. The ambience was nice, it seems as Yuck's has good ideas that unfortunately all miss the mark. The waiter described the ice box cake as "light, not too sweet" it was dark, heavy, decadent, a step away from fudge.....which was nice...just the wrong description from our knowledgeless waiter. Though the owners were welcoming and courteous, maybe they should have been spending their time in the kitchen as opposed to the bar!

"Yuck's" - TFF !!
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 09:14 AM

"Yuck's" - TFF !!

As opposed to Shitronelle. :biggrin:

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 09:15 AM

Now that's comedy.
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 09:16 AM

"Yuck's" -  TFF !!

As opposed to Shitronelle. :biggrin:

Low blow, Rocks. We'll see you tonight. Expect surprises.
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 11:54 AM

Low blow, Rocks. We'll see you tonight. Expect surprises.

Hmm ... they say there are two people in this world you don't want to anger: the person working on your car, and the person fixing your food.

I'm strongly reconsidering coming tonight.

I can see myself sitting down at the table. Chef Hartzer comes strolling up, and smacks me on my back so hard that my teeth rattle.

"Donnie Rrrrrocks! Welcome back to Shitronelle, my friend. I heard you've been posting on eGullet," he says, grinning like a satanic pirate.

"Hi Michael."

"I'm going to send a course out to you, compliments of the house. It's an oyster shooter. Ever had it?"

"Umm ... yes, once ... a long time ago ..."

"I'm going to make it myself ... just for you. I need to head back to the kitchen now, but I'll send it right out." As he starts to walk away, he turns and looks back with a strange red gleam in his eye. "Oh by the way ... are you sure you didn't mean ... Spitronelle? Enjoy your meal, Rocks."

Edited by DonRocks, 06 December 2003 - 12:28 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2003 - 02:31 PM

Low blow, Rocks. We'll see you tonight. Expect surprises.

Hmm ... they say there are two people in this world you don't want to anger: the person working on your car, and the person fixing your food.

I'm strongly reconsidering coming tonight.

I can see myself sitting down at the table. Chef Hartzer comes strolling up, and smacks me on my back so hard that my teeth rattle.

"Donnie Rrrrrocks! Welcome back to Shitronelle, my friend. I heard you've been posting on eGullet," he says, grinning like a satanic pirate.

"Hi Michael."

"I'm going to send a course out to you, compliments of the house. It's an oyster shooter. Ever had it?"

"Umm ... yes, once ... a long time ago ..."

"I'm going to make it myself ... just for you. I need to head back to the kitchen now, but I'll send it right out." As he starts to walk away, he turns and looks back with a strange red gleam in his eye. "Oh by the way ... are you sure you didn't mean ... Spitronelle? Enjoy your meal, Rocks."

Yeah, you get the picture :raz:
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 03:09 PM

That exchange is so life-like, down to the satanic pirate description of Mikey.

Rocks, I'd lay low. We are always looking for material at the office, this could be just the ticket.

Edited by John W., 06 December 2003 - 03:10 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 03:32 PM

Yeah, you get the picture :raz:

If I go down, I go down swinging, and everyone's going with me:

Yuck's
Shitronelle
Mice-tro
Gali-layoff
Stinkead's
Pa-Lame-a
Farce sells
Cashion's Rat House
DC Coasting
Trite-inya
Blecchquinox
Gerard's Empty Place
Ill at Little Washington
PigPenh
2941 Reasons to stay home
Drecktar
Yawnyu
Tired Fry
Grime Rib
Cafe Mylantico
Toss-ca
New Depths
Barf All Day-o
Teatro Golddigger
IgNora
David's Piggery
The Napalm
Colvin: Run from this Tavern
Chef seeks new Poste
Gnarleston
Sushi-Blo
Blowbelisk
Blowla
Ben's Insect Bowl
Minibarf
Pizzeria Parody
Praying (you don't get sick at) Mantis
Succhus
C. F. Sucks
Snore-duroy
Taberna del Alabarfdero
Eat Worst
Harry's Crap Room
2 Amiss
Dirty Dish
Mie N Yu are about to have a really, really bad meal
Addis A-Blah-ba
Al Terrible-misu
Blewna
A.V. Ristorante and Pest Control
Leastro Bis
Bistro j'Oc
Beast-Roe Francais
Crud-line
My Failure
Cafe Swill-ano
Strepto-Caucus Room
Wish this Kitchen was in Colorado
Crisp & Greasy
Cuban Coroner
86
Four & Twenty Crackheads
Four Sisters related to a food critic
Johnny's Half Shell; the rat carried away the other half
Kaz Blewshi Bistro
Sushi Terrible-o
La Fourshitte
Le Mannequin Pis; le restaurant aussi
Crotchbox
Fleaism
Melrose, then sank
Meiwah: Chinese for larva
Puke Quail
Natty Thai
Mess-scare-em
The Awful Room
Crocku
Raze The Steaks
Under 17, Over 89, no one else will like it

And finally:

Bistro du Coin, aka "The Office."

Edited by DonRocks, 07 December 2003 - 03:01 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2003 - 06:20 PM

Yeah, you get the picture :raz:

If I go down, I go down swinging, and everyone's going with me:

Sucks Bitching and Cramping
Gali-layoff
Kink Head's
Pa-Lame-a
Arse Sells
Cashion's Rat House
DC Coasting
Trite-inya
Blecchquinox
Gerard's Empty Place
Out at Little Washington
PigPenh
2941 Reasons to stay home
Dreckter
Yawnyu
Tired Fry
Grime Rib
Cafe Mylantico
Toss-ca
New Depths

"Blecchquinox"

That's not right.

If anything, Equinox is "Eat my nuts"....
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#25 hillvalley

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 06:41 PM

Don't forget.....

La boring toro
Boogeymonsters
McCormick & S**ts
Zit's not tiny ahhh

Edited for spelling

Edited by hillvalley, 06 December 2003 - 06:42 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 06:45 PM

Don't forget.....

La boring toro
Boogeymonsters
McCormick & S**ts
Zit's not tiny ahhh

Edited for spelling

You'll only encourage him.

Rocks, you need help my man. A lot of help.
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#27 hillvalley

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 07:06 PM

Don't forget.....

La boring toro
Boogeymonsters
McCormick & S**ts
Zit's not tiny ahhh

Edited for spelling

You'll only encourage him.

Rocks, you need help my man. A lot of help.

I know, I know. But he made me laugh which has been hard to do for a while. Plus, I spend most of my days with 9 year old boys, who do this kind of thing all day long and I can't join in. Had to get it out of my system. Besides, I am sure he is paying dearly this evening!


Getting back to Yucks.....I live a block away and have never seen anyone eating there. It is starting to become a fixation. The manager grew up in the area so I figured he could at least bring a few people in.
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Posted 06 December 2003 - 08:59 PM

Don't forget
Sexstar (nectar)
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#29 Mark Sommelier

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 01:52 AM

Don't forget
Sexstar (nectar)

Sorry, Doll, WRONG.
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Posted 11 December 2003 - 02:48 PM

Tom's review
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