Elizabeth's Gone Raw1341 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Chef Elizabeth Petty's meat free, dairy free, gluten free, vegan restaurant uses no processed sugar or caffeine and nothing is heated over 115 degrees. Petty discovered raw food while battling cancer and credits it for her recovery. While many may quibble with the science behind such claims, her food is nonetheless delicious and worth experiencing.
2 Stars (5/15/2014) — 2014 Spring Dining Guide
"Elizabeth refers to Elizabeth Petty…, while “Gone Raw” is her Friday-only occasion to introduce diners to her personal lifestyle. … Leave any earthy-crunchy preconceptions at home. Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a formal, five-course experience complete with sommelier and price tag to match." See Full Review…»
Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
Italic — Recommended
"Driven to a raw diet by cancer, Elizabeth Petty turned something bad into something good, sharing what she learned with the world."
Rural Society(Loews Madison Hotel)
1177 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
This handsome Argentinian steakhouse in the former Federalist space in the Lowes Madison Hotel is celebrity chef Jose Garces' first venture in DC. The restaurant specializes in meats grilled on an open, wood-fired parrilla grill. However, there's plenty for vegetarians to like, including grilled vegetables, empanadas, flatbreads, and pastas.
2.5 Stars (9/24/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"The new dining room in the Loews Madison Hotel adds to the scene a refined taste of Argentina and a serious young chef, Louis Goral. … Rural Society buys good beef, then doesn’t do too much to it before adding the meat to the flames[.] … A meal could be made of the glossy empanadas, filled to please both vegetarians … and carnivores[.] … A category called Asado brings together sausages, some of which the restaurant makes itself[.] … Meat isn’t the only ingredient that benefits from the heat of the grill. … Sections devoted to pasta and fugazza (derived from the word “foccacia”) call attention to Italy’s influence on Argentina — and create stiff competition for the signature steaks." See Full Review…»
2 Stars (10/5/2014)
"Garces’s DC debut is modeled on an Argentinean steakhouse.…The menu bursts with chorizo, sweetbreads, and Uruguayan steaks.…[O]ne of the world’s most rustic, communal, and primal culinary traditions—the feast of salted, flame-licked meats that is the Argentinean asado—has been given the cloth-napkin treatment and been rendered positively dainty.…That’s not to say you can’t eat well, especially if you’re not afraid to carbo-load. Start with the breadbasket…[t]hen move on to the flaky, butter-enriched empanadas…[a]nd don’t miss the puffy focaccia pizzas called fugazzas.…Beyond the pizzas and some nicely crafted pastas…. The meats are served on long charred-wood boards, à la carte." See Full Review…»
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).