Cleveland Park – Foodie Heaven

We continue to explore the wonderful food options in the Cleveland Park neighborhood at every opportunity.  Our first restaurant pick was Dino’s where we had a terrific meal that we talked about in an earlier post.  More recently, we enjoyed lunch at Lavandou, and dinner at Ardeo.  Our lunch choices at Lavandou included monkfish on a bed of tomatoes and basil topped with grilled eggplant slices, and a large slice of quiche loaded with sauteed leeks and bacon with a side of mixed greens.  The shared starter of duck confit was perfect.

At Ardeo , one of a family of fine restaurants that includes Rasika, Bombay Club, and Bibiana, we both chose seafood from a very creative menu.  After sharing a delightful salad of dandelion greens, watermelon slices and whipped goat cheese, Allen enjoyed the Alaskan halibut with haricots verts, fingerling potatoes and oyster mushrooms while I decided to try the pan roasted skate wing.  The skate, which was perfectly cooked, was topped with a lemon-caper butter, and accompanied by sweet potato fries and watercress.  A fabulous meal, and it convinced us to make reservations for a repeat visit.

On the home cooking front, after a walk in 90+ degree weather on the weekend, we enjoyed one of our purchases from Maine Avenue Fish Market – some beautiful Maryland lump crab meat.  Our favorite crab cake recipe is still the one copied from an ancient magazine during a visit to a psychic outside Miami.  The psychic, Rosella, was pretty amazing, and since we had never visited a psychic before, it was a very interesting experience.  We talked with her separately and while Allen took his turn, I spotted the crab recipe, and copied it down on the back of a deposit slip (well before the NCR era).  We have made this recipe many times over the years, and we are never disappointed.

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