In a new District dining trend, popular chefs are opening casual bistros to complement their higher-end counterparts; now Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s has the Belgian cuisine of Brasserie Beck. With a large, open, industrial-chic interior, the restaurant still has a bit to learn. The leek-potato soup could be confused with the rim of a margarita glass, but don’t miss the scrumptious spinach salad with bacon and blue cheese. The crispy skate wing soars, yet other fish entrees are as exciting as the National Postal Museum. Try to track down the “beer specialist” to help sort through a beer menu that rivals Brickskeller’s (except these beers are actually in stock.) Make sure to stay for dessert—the Belgian bread pudding is as warm and cozy as the womb.
For: Slow-paced service that allows you to enjoy plenty of Belgian beers and fries.
Entrees: $17-$24. 202.408.1717. 1101 K St, NW
Originally in the Onion / DC local edition / June 28, 2007