By Ezra Klein
The Washingtonian is asking for nominees. One commenter says Gazuza. Another replies, “Gazuza is a restaurant? I didn’t know douchebags were edible.” That commenter FTW. Also, in a judgment sure to rile up at least 30 percent of the IFA, Elise says, “Cork. Crap food, cramped space, deafening noise, just awful.” Them’s fighting words.
I’d offer up two nominees. First, Zaytinya. Mediocre food at terrible prices. Almost everything that’s actually mediterranean can be had better, bigger, and cheaper at Lebanese Taverna. In multiple dinners at Zaytinya, I have yet to have anything memorable, or even particularly good.
Second, Central. Not terrible, just not great. It’s a restaurant whose concept — pricey food at merely expensive rates — plays off a dining culture that DC simply doesn’t have. The idea seems better suited to a town with pricier food. A haute tuna burger that clocks in at $19 simply isn’t a steal here, even if it may be a life-altering find in New York.
What are your nominees?