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Retro Dishes Return, But With Modern Flair

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Petworth Citizen
| Photo: R. Lopez

Diners are nothing if not nostalgic. Some restaurants are capitalizing on their memories by bringing back dishes that evoke the age of Dynasty, Leave It To Beaver, or earlier. Dishes like wedge salad, tartare and Baked Alaska create flashbacks to very different eras. But restaurants are using locally-sourced ingredients and international flair to make the items a little more friendly to a contemporary palate.

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Ted's Bulletin

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It's a diner so of course its dishes will be old school. And Ted's most famous retro dish is its take on the Pop-Tart.

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

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This new bar is bringing back the wedge salad. It's literally a wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with a variety of toppings.

It's not quite the traditional escargot. But this Logan Circle restaurant serves basil-fed snails with a provolone fondue.

Beuchert's Saloon

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Pate evokes white table clothed tables and hushed conversations (at least, it used to). But at this Capitol Hill restaurant, the pate is made country-style with greens and tomato jam.

The Coupe

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If late night munchies set in, The Coupe's bacon-wrapped meatloaf can satisfy those cravings. It's served as a sandwich.

For its special Thanksgiving menu, Waldorf salad is making a comeback at Table. But just for the holiday.

Grilled cheese becomes a grilled cheese bar at Ripple. The chef works ingredients like truffle butter, gruyere and prosciutto into the offerings. Another old school dish with a modern upgrade: the isle flottante (floating island), part of the restaurant's Fall of Rhone promotion.

The Grill Room @capelladc

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Several dishes at the Grill Room evoke the past, like the tartare prepared tableside. The baked Alaska, though, is particularly hard to find around D.C., and can be ordered there.

Mari Vanna

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In the U.S. beef stroganoff may scream 70s, but in Eastern Europe, it's a staple. Mari Vanna has a hearty version for $25.

Ted's Bulletin

It's a diner so of course its dishes will be old school. And Ted's most famous retro dish is its take on the Pop-Tart.

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

This new bar is bringing back the wedge salad. It's literally a wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with a variety of toppings.

M Cafe

It's not quite the traditional escargot. But this Logan Circle restaurant serves basil-fed snails with a provolone fondue.

Beuchert's Saloon

Pate evokes white table clothed tables and hushed conversations (at least, it used to). But at this Capitol Hill restaurant, the pate is made country-style with greens and tomato jam.

The Coupe

If late night munchies set in, The Coupe's bacon-wrapped meatloaf can satisfy those cravings. It's served as a sandwich.

Table

For its special Thanksgiving menu, Waldorf salad is making a comeback at Table. But just for the holiday.

Ripple

Grilled cheese becomes a grilled cheese bar at Ripple. The chef works ingredients like truffle butter, gruyere and prosciutto into the offerings. Another old school dish with a modern upgrade: the isle flottante (floating island), part of the restaurant's Fall of Rhone promotion.

The Grill Room @capelladc

Several dishes at the Grill Room evoke the past, like the tartare prepared tableside. The baked Alaska, though, is particularly hard to find around D.C., and can be ordered there.

Mari Vanna

In the U.S. beef stroganoff may scream 70s, but in Eastern Europe, it's a staple. Mari Vanna has a hearty version for $25.

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