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Cityhouse (fka Mezza9)
Posted by Culinarian on 01/07/2010
I am a culinary student at the Art Institute of Washington and I must say that the wings at the cityhouse bar are by far the best wings I've ever had in my entire buffalo wing experience. They were brought unto me by a fellow student during a break between classes. She had a container full of them and she could not possibly eat them all by herself with the large selection they give you. So she started to give them out and it was a wake up call from my nose to the bottom of my taste buds of how wings should really taste. They were just the right size, not too hot but hot enough to have a glass of water ready, they were crunchy on the outside but tender once you bite into it and what confirmed the greatness was that the wings weren't drenched with hot sauce and Louisiana liquids that you needed a napkin for every 5 mins but rather baked with dried spices to perfection. These were arguably the best wings i have ever had to this day. Ive been going there ever since anything else well i would have to settle for less. That's just unacceptable.
Posted by Rosslyn Visitor on 12/13/2008
I was not impressed at the new City House restaurant. The service was slow, with the front desk not even manned when I arrived, though the staff was polite, well-presented and pleasant. The food was indifferently prepared, blandly seasoned and overcooked. The visual presentation was mediocre at best. The total menu choices were also limited, with only two small pages, and the choices were unoriginal and uninspiring, besides being vastly overpriced. Despite its own flaws, I much preferred the old Mezza9 menu, which had some variety and something to distinguish it from other area restaurants. To be fair, the place does have some potential with a nice view, good layout and choice of seating areas. The bar can also mix a good strong drink. (No watered-down or low-quality cocktails here.) But one presumably comes to a restaurant to eat good food, not just to look out on Rosslyn from comfortable sylish chairs with a decent drink. Unless significant changes are made, I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone, even to guests in the hotel who are feeling lazy. There are simply too many better places to eat for a far more reasonable price within just a few minutes' walk.