Overrated D.C. Restaurants

Piggybacking on a Washingtonian inquiry, Ezra Klein asks commenters for the most overrated restaurant in DC. Ezra says Zatinya and Central; I have to admit I haven’t been to either, but how about Lauriol Plaza?

Sure — great atmosphere and quesadillas — but it’s Mexican food. Not gourmet, not creative, just standard Mexican food. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but the way people talk about it you’d think the margaritas could cure death. Similarly, Bistro du Coin — though at least the food is better.

Place your picks in comments.

UPDATE: I don’t want to sound like I’m hating on Bistrot du Coin…I think it’s good, but I think anyone who has been there will tell you that without the jovial atmosphere, it wouldn’t be quite the same. (And for the record, it’s not that it’s bad, in fact, it’s definitely above average…but something doesn’t have to be bad to be overrated).

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6 Responses to “Overrated D.C. Restaurants”

  1. mike Says:

    see: bethesda, all of

    also: the palm, last time i went, was also really not so good. patrons were lots of 70 yr old men with no taste buds left and their 25 year old gfs who didnt eat anyway, so its probably critic-proof.

  2. bri Says:

    Cashion’s. Good but not great.
    Creme. See above.
    Rice. See above above.
    Oya. More form than substance.

  3. Meredith Says:

    What about busboy’s and poets? It is totally mysterious to me why it is always so crowded.

    (Also to ponder: why is everyone writing their thesis on their Mac while crammed onto little couches in the front while the techno music blasts? And what’s up with that square glass cylinder of shoes outside?)

  4. Carole Says:

    I like Bistro du Coin!!!

  5. Adam Says:

    Roy’s on River. Please tell me it’s still there.

  6. Geoff Says:

    Lauriol Plaza while good, is ridiculously over rated. It’s a solid restaurant but everyone thinks it is god’s gift to the Dupont/Adams Morgan area, and the prices are very high. Lame

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