I had high hopes. It's walking distance from my place, and gets glowing Yelp reviews. But, the DC restaurant scene lets me down again. To be fair, the atmosphere was great (nice and unique music, lovely setting) and the service was friendly without being too perky for the AM. But the food left something to be desired. My omelet had what amounted to tomato soup spread over it (not inedible certainly, but a little odd), and my boyfriend's waffles were cold in spots - almost as if defrosted from the freezer. (Here's hoping that wasn't why.) For the prices (not atrocious, but certainly not diner cheap) and the hype, I expected more. I hear great things about dinner, but am only very cautiously optimistic in considering a return trip...
Lovely setting, in romantic Frank Lloyd Wright-styled building overlooking North Pond in Lincoln Park. I'm told it was an old park building they remodeled into a restaurant. I'm not sure how they got the rights to the land, but I'm glad they did - it's pure magic. If I had the cash to drop here all the time (and still lived just up the street), I'd be a regular. The food was excellent on both visits, and they are committed to the locally grown/organic/natural principles to great effect. Terrific wine selection. The candies they give you to end the meal are divine. I'd honestly give it 4.5, only because it would be nice get out of here for a bit less of my paycheck... but still, make it here for a special occasion.
Mama Ayesha's offers up what DC is sorely lacking - the combo of great atmosphere, tasty food, and reasonable prices. It's unassuming from the outside, but a rich, unique environment indoors. Service is speedy and attentive. And the food is some of the best I've had in the city. A short walk from the Woodley Park Metro, to boot. It's a little chilly by the windows in winter, though...bundle up or ask for a booth or a table further to the interior.
After recently moving from Chicago, it was time to pick my new favorite pizza in the new city - this time, thin crust. Of the several we've checked out thus far, Two Amy's come in first. The atmosphere is urban happy, a bit loud but that provide some energy. The pizzas are amazing, though - fresh, high quality ingredients and interesting combos. I'll be back many times.