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We in the D.C. region are fortunate. Restaurants, ones that aren’t afraid to pump serious money into their build-outs and staffing, are still opening in our area, despite the nasty economy. In the past week, three new places have been launched and one Arlington institution has moved into a swankier space. It’s making my weekend dining choices difficult.

I don’t know about you, but I always have a primary question dancing in my head before I even step foot into a new restaurant. Here are the ones I’m pondering for this gang of four:

Ray’s the Steaks: Will Michael Landrum have his kitchen prepared to (in all likelihood) more than double its output of steaks to a dining public that has grown accustomed to near perfection on the plate?

Eventide: Has GM Dave Pressley put too much pressure on Miles Vaden to be a “rising culinary star” before he’s even got his feet wet in his first-ever executive chef role?

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier: Can one of D.C.’s most notable chefs really make a name for himself on Cathal Armstrong‘s turf?

Inox: Is there such a thing as too much talent, and if not, will I be able to detect each “chef’s” contribution to this Dream Team restaurant?

Photo by Charles Steck