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Vidalia

August 27th, 2011 by kimly

Vidalia

1990 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

[Two blocks south of Dupont Metro]

August 15, 2011 – 6.30pm reservation, 3 adults

Restaurant Week Menu

We visited this establishment for restaurant week and ordered off the RW menu. The service was attentive without being smothering and helped make for a great evening out.

  • heirloom tomatoes – seasonal greens, clemson blue cheese, benton’s bacon, pickled vidalia onions
  • shenandoah steak tartare – brioche, garlic crisps, micro herb salad, sweet onion soubise
  • berkshire pork posole – hominy, peppers, cabbage, cilantro, lime, cracklings

The pork polose was the most unique of the trio – a stew type dish with very rich flavors. The tomatoes were rave worthy mingling with the cheese, bacon and onions. The tartare was tasty but not for everyone.

  • shrimp and grits – anson mill’s grits, vidalia onion, spinach tasso ham, shellfish emulsion
  • sorghum-spiced glazed pork chop – crawfish, braised heirloom bean ragout, apple butter, whiskey reduction/li>
  • new york strip steak – spinach purée, cipollini onions, potato pavé

Both the beef and the pork were tender and flavorful, although the beef seemed slight more towards medium than the medium rare ordered. We also ordered two sides (up charges) for the table: low country greens with benton’s bacon and spicy vinegar and baked macaroni with smoked ham and amish cheddar cheese. The greens were rather smokey but balanced well with the vinegar.

  • georgia pecan tart – bourbon caramel sauce, vanilla bean ice cream
  • peanut butter “s’more” – peanut butter, chocolate cream, graham cracker crust, toast marshmallow fluff
  • red velvet cheesecake – crème fraîche cheesecake, red velvet sponge, berry compote, salted caramel

The desserts were sinful and a wonderful way to round out the meal.

We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir of the RW wine menu for $35. Waitstaff did point out that unfinished bottles could be taken home.

Total Cost: ~$225 plus ~$45 tip

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