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Scion: A mouthwatering experience—Restaurant

January 17, 2011

Why do some restaurant locations just seem unlucky? No matter how good the food, the restaurant closes. Such has been the story of 2100 P Street NW. Let’s hope the luck has changed for the best. Scion, an American restaurant with an Asian flare, deserves a long stay in its convenient, easily accessible location.

Scion’s appetizers run the gamut from vegetable spring rolls to rock shrimp tempura to smoked salmon to honey glazed brie and much more. My dining companions and I recently sampled all of these items and found all of them to be delicious.

Appetizers were followed by entrees. Vegan or vegetarian, no worries–a delectable dish awaits. My sautéed shrimp and scallops over spicy white bean succotash was a tad spicy but absolutely delicious. One of my companions said her crab cakes with rosemary herb garlic fries melted in her mouth. The Syrah braised beef short ribs with mashed potatoes had mixed results. One loved it, another found it slightly overcooked. Both agreed that the portion was enormous. Turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes was deemed unsuccessful, but the pumpkin goat cheese ravioli was a crowd pleaser.

Try and make room for dessert, because they are wonderful. We sampled the carrot cake, chocolate cake and the cheesecake. All were divine.

An extensive offering of wine, beer and cocktails, and friendly customer service round out a wonderful dining experience. Scion is a terrific addition to the DuPont Circle neighborhood and deserves to be a resident for a very long time.

2100 P Street, NW  Washington, DC  20037   202-833-8899

Hours: Monday – Thursday  11 am to 11 pm, Friday – 11 am to midnight, Saturday – 10 am to midnight

Sunday – 10 am to 11 pm

Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3:30 pm

The Westchester—Secret Jewel—Restaurant

March 1, 2010

Hidden away in the Cathedral Heights section of Northwest DC, on the grounds of the Westchester Cooperative, is a much underused, albeit very tasty  Westchester Restaurant. Operated by the Muslu family, Hakki is the chef and his friendly wife Ayse sees to the activities in the front of the house. While the restaurant specializes in Turkish delicacies, it also offers a variety of American and home-style Italian food. From steaks to manicotti to burgers to crab cakes to sole to soup, sandwiches, salads and more, the Westchester Restaurant serves up food just like Mom made…maybe even better. All entrees come with a choice of soup or salad and dessert. The choices are all very good (the chicken noodle soup is especially yummy). The veggies that come with the entrees are hit and miss (the mound of Turkish green cabbage didn’t do much for me). The desserts are old-fashioned—parfaits, pies, cakes—but good, nevertheless. There’s a great list of wines, beers and cocktails from which to choose.

All menu items are available for take-out and for those lucky enough to live on the premises, room service is available, too. The Westchester Restaurant is open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner from noon until 9 pm.

4000 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20016  202.333.1882

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