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July 30th, 2011 by kimly

Kinkead’s an American Brasserie

2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

[actually on I Street NW about 2.5 blocks east of the Foggy Bottom Metro Station]

July 30, 2011 – 7.30pm Reservation, 3 people

Multi-level (3) with bar (lower level) and open kitchen (2nd floor)


  • Grilled Squid w/ Tomato Fondue
  • Oysters (east coast)

West coast oysters were requested but unavailable. The east coast variety served were thoroughly enjoyed. The squid was tender and flavorful and not chewy.

  • Heirloom tomatoes & mozzarella salad
  • Watermelon & feta salad
  • Arugula & fig salad w/ gorgonzola

The watermelon and feta had amazing flavor; the sweetness of the melon countered with the mellowness of the feta and the peppery arugula. This was my favorite of the three, but all were wonderful in their own ways. Local tomatoes were finally in season and a variety of globe and miniatures of all colors (red, black, yellow) were chunked with mozzarella. Portion was generous and was not drowning in oil. The black mission figs were stuffed with gorgonzola and grilled. Arugula, hearts of romaine and walnuts accompanied the stuffed and grilled figs. I was impressed that although the salads came dressed, they were each light and completely complementary to the main ingredients of each salad.

  • Grilled Tuna
  • Whole Red Snapper
  • Softshell Crabs

The sesame encrusted tuna was cooked nicely rare and served with cold soba noodle salad – it had a variety of asian inspired flavors that all mixed and played well together. Also ordered a side of polenta which while tasty enough, did not hold a candle to the mushroom polenta I inhaled at Dino’s this past spring. The other two dishes were enjoyed by my table-mates and by the lack of much left on the plates (I’m thinking we can excuse the fish bones) they were well received too.

  • Peach tart w/ honey ice cream and caramel
  • Molten chocolate cake w/ caramel ice cream
  • Sour cherry tart w/ pistachio ice cream

The desserts were a spectacle for the eye as well as the taste buds – a few bites were left on plates due to being overstuffed rather than any dislike of the actual presentation.

  • New Zealand Pinot Noir

Nice enough bottle, decent enough selection of wines but they did get pricey rather quickly – I would estimate at least half the selections were over $100. There were maybe a half dozen in the $45-$50 dollar range.

Total Cost: ~$300 plus $60 tip

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