- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

Kemble Park Tavern, 5125 MacArthur Blvd. 202/966-5125. American. This informal, cheerful neighborhood restaurant in Washington’s Palisades area serves a nice mix of classic American dishes with a few variations, such as a lamb gyro sandwich, steak tartare served in a Mason jar and bok choy as a vegetable side.

The chicken wings are terrific, and Delmonico steak is excellent. Meat, fish, sandwiches and salads also on the menu. There’s a good selection of wine, brunch on Sundays, and lunch is coming soon.

Corinna Lothar

Bice Ristorante, 7501 Wisconsin, Ave., Bethesda, 301/654-2250. Italian. Bice returns to the Washington area with an elegant, spacious restaurant with generous space between tables.

Perfect gnocchi, milanese (cutlet) and large ossobuco and other Italian standbys are prepared with care and served in generous portions.

Expensive, but a perfect setting for a special-occasion dinner in a calming 1930s setting. Excellent service.

Gabriella Boston

Restaurant 3, 2950 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington; 703/524-4440. American comfort food, with strong Southern overtones. The newest venture by the owners of Whitlow’s in Arlington serves a knock-out rib-eye steak. Scallops and grits share the menu with steaks, pork chop, lamb shank, flash-fried calamari, fried oysters, and a variety of fresh fish.

Sunday brunch includes Carolina Low Country breakfast. The wines and service are first rate.

Corinna Lothar

Chris’s Charcoal Pit, 1946 West St., Annapolis; www.chrischarcoalpit.com, 410/266-5200. Greek. An Annapolis institution for more than 30 years, Chris’s has never changed the heart of its menu.

The chicken rice soup is considered legendary — some say it has medicinal benefits.

For dessert: baklava, kataifi, krema Katalana, rice pudding.

Scott Haring

Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW; www.marvindc.com, 202/797-7171. Belgian-American with Southern accents. Marvin is named for Marvin Gaye, a District native who once lived in Belgium. The dishes are imaginative and always good. Start with a terrific dish of baby back ribs or shrimp with creamy and lightly cheesy grits. Mussels are a house specialty.

The ultimate international combination: Southern-fried chicken and Belgian waffles.

Corinna Lothar

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