City Paper is not for tourists
One by one, we’re running through the 50 restaurants that made the cut on this year’s Young & Hungry Dining Guide. If you have visited the day’s featured restaurant, let us know what you think. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, tell us about your meal when you return.
If my sources are correct, the waits at Granville Moore’s can border on the absurd. Would I wait for two hours to eat moules frites at this former doctor’s office on H Street NE? Only at gunpoint (and even then I’d need some verification that the gunman was known for pulling the trigger). Besides, when it comes to moules frites, Teddy Folkman, Granville’s chef, has a lot of competition these days, from Brasserie Beck to Bistrot du Coin, which might make you wonder if Granville Moore’s popularity is based, in part, on its hip location and Folkman’s appearance on The Next Food Network Star. No doubt. But make no mistake, Folkman and his team know the fine art of preparing mussels and fries. Their shellfish are pan-sautéed in a variety of exquisite liquids that change seasonally, and their fries are double-fried for extra crispiness. This Belgian one-two punch becomes a knockout when paired with a golden, high-alcohol triple or a light, fruity saison or some other bottle from Granville’s all-Belgian beer list.
Granville Moore’s, 1238 H St. NE, (202) 399-2546