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Silo in Mount Vernon Square—the modern American restaurant with a “Swiss-French twist”—got off to a pretty rocky start. It’s chef, George Vetsch, a veteran of C.F. Folk’s, left within three months. Post critic Tom Sietsema called the place a “Swiss miss/mess.” And personally, I had one very perplexing meal there with fish in a creamy sauce, grapefruit segments, and French fries all on the same plate. I’m still scratching my head over that one.
Seeking a fresh start, Silo ditched that Swiss/French flare and now describes itself as a “modern American bistro.” The restaurant also brought in chef Michael Walters to consult on an completely new menu with chef de cuisine Calvin Di Giovanni. Walters worked in the kitchens of big shots like Jean-Louis Palladin, Michel Richard, José Andrés, and Roberto Donna before moving to Florida to open his own restaurant. While he’s working at Silo, he’ll also be spending his mornings as the production chef at Barcelona Wine Bar.
Silo’s new menu launches today. Want a taste? The chefs will give out free samples of the new appetizers next Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The restaurant will also have an all-night happy hour on select drinks and appetizers plus a 20-percent discount on all other menu items that night.
Check out the new menu below.
Silo, 919 5th St. NW; (202) 309-0073; silodc.com
Photos courtesy Silo