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Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema takes note of a rising trend at area restaurants: the death of the bread basket. He cites D.C. eateries Sax, Lincoln, Lost Society, and Brasserie Brightwell in Easton, Md., among those abandoning the complimentary dinner roll. Some operators explain it as cost-cutting measure. Lincoln’s Alan Popovsky, meanwhile, cites a concern for his customers’ stomach capacity: “I wanted people to appreciate the food” rather than fill up on bread, he says. Popovsky, though, has recently relented, serving corn bread with honey butter, but only on a limited basis. D.C. diners simply expect it: “This is a market that feels like it has to have bread service,” he says.

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