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Pat MaToole

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  1. I ate at Ray's the other day -- my second time. I am wondering why they don't use the outdoor area in front of the restaurant -- like Guahillo or the Village Bistro. It would mean more tables....
  2. What a great concept!!! I've ordered one for Wabeck to replace the klunker he's running around with!
  3. I just returned from Amsterdam.... For your upscale dining, I highly recommend the restaurant "La Rive" located in the Amstel Intercontinental. It is a one or two star (I forget which one) and certainly worth your time. Would recommend you do one of the tasting menus and also go for the suggested wine pairings. My seven course tasting meal included 4 amuses and such wonderful dishes as those listed below: "Scallop and truffle ravioli with braised courgette and buerre blanc w/dried thyme" and, "Sea bass fillet sauteed on its skin and served with artichoke, preserved red pepper and a caper and anchovy jus" I'd list more, but I'm sure the menu will have changed by the time you arrive.... you can always ask for the rest.... Good luck!!!!!
  4. Stretch, you don't need any help from Rocks. Just keep on being yourself. On another note, there has been no confirmation that Archibald's is still in business. Does eGullet need to send a delegation for confirmation that the 'burgers' are as good as they used to be. ← Just watch out for the tuna club special!!!!!
  5. Never been there... but I am wondering, do they serve another melted cheese dish called "Raclette"?
  6. This sounds like a tough situation ... lingering customers who go back on their word about relinquishing a table, small space, the desire to fairly accomodate those other parties who made reservations.... Perhaps the answer is to go first come first serve on a weekday basis -- then hire a hostess to take down names and then announce them with a microphone over a PA system outside the restaurant???? If that's too obnoxious, then what about those flashing/vibrating pagers? Of course I'm only kidding.... but it would level the playing field and make all suffer equally because of the behavior of a few dingle-berries!
  7. If you and your friend like red meat, then I strongly urge you to spend one of your nights at Ray's The Steaks in Arlington, VA. Although not in the Du Pont Circle ares, it's a short, 10 minute, cab ride away. Simply put: Chef Landrum's steaks are the best in the DC area. Here is a link to the thread: Rays The Steaks One thing -- try to call ahead and be flexible with your time... this place is very popular!!!!
  8. Years (I mean 10+) ago I attended a wedding in the Hot Springs area where the small reception was at a family style restaurant. It was a dry reception at a dry restaurant. It was hell. Have not been back to West VA other than to ski at Canaan Valley. Hope things have changed but doubt it. Stick to the Homestead!!!
  9. I am going there today for drinks and dinner at the bar/cafe with a friend. Can she smoke at the bar?
  10. I have had Oyamel's huevos montulena recently as well. They are spectacular!!!! Use your fork to mix the tomato sauce with the refried beans and a bit of egg yolk -- throw on a pea and you have a truly tasty emulsion!!!!! I yearn for Mexico!!!!
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