First Look: Washington Place Bistro


Despite my job title and description, I don't take pleasure in criticizing restaurants. I fully comprehend the tremendous amount of time, money, passion, and toil that go into serving a single meal at a new establishment. That is precisely why I don't race to be the first person to offer a public opinion of a place. Sure, everybody has a right to voice one — especially when paying good money — it's just foolish to believe that all cylinders will be firing right out of the gate.

Case in point: I waited over five weeks before visiting Washington Place Bistro in Little Italy. While that's longer than I typically wait to try a new restaurant, especially one as hotly anticipated as this one, it isn't without precedent. Dragonfly has been serving a full menu for months, but only recently did I give it the once-over. Same for Fracas, which opened on Coventry a full month before I ever stepped foot inside.

And the results could not have been more disparate, with each of these first visits resulting in a wide range of experiences — from positive to negative. The only consistency being that I know each restaurant received from me a fair shake.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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