Mio, web site, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-955-0075 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | dishtip | Washingtonian | City Paper | Don Rockwell | Yelp]

Let’s start with the good news. This is an entire restaurant of Puerto Rican food, a cuisine hard to come by in these parts. It has more Puerto Rican dishes than just about any restaurant in Puerto Rico proper, namely dozens. So it’s worth going. But then there is the bad news. It tastes good but not great and indeed not even excellent. Just OK. Furthermore it is not cheap. And for others, the trendiness of this place may be further bad news. Now here’s the “can’t decide whether this is the good or bad news”: I suspect if you ordered every item on the menu, and figured out which were the best ones, you could have a properly good meal here. But for most of you, that’s not in the cards.

So this is a place to be tried, but revisited only if you can crack the code, which I couldn’t.

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