Fiola Mare, web site, 3050 K Street NW, Washington, DC (Enter at 31st St NW & Waterfront), 202-628-0065 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | Ylp | Don Rockwell | Zagat]
Here’s a restaurant that breaks virtually every Tyler Cowen rule of good dining. It is in Georgetown (ugh). It offers riverfront views (ugh). The staff is well-trained and has a pleasant and cloying manner (ugh). I could go on.
But – here’s the thing – it is really good. The food tastes really good. To be sure, there is a catch. For lunch my small piece of fish, while superb, cost $40, and that is before tax and tip. (I did by the way try a bunch of other dishes.)
I wouldn’t spend my own money here. And that also means I won’t be going back enough to see if/when the quality declines. But if you have the chance to eat here at someone else’s expense, by all means take advantage of the opportunity rather than fighting it.