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Random PoP Proclamation Vol. 3 – The Stephen Starr Restaurant Coming to Logan Circle is Going to be Freaking Awesome

by Prince Of Petworth November 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm 21 Comments

Stephen Starr’s Parc from Philadelphia

We’ve been waiting a long time for the Stephen Starr restaurant (originally to be named Parc Deux, now Le Diplomate) coming to Logan Circle at the corner of 14th and Q St, NW. I think it’s gonna be well worth the wait. This past weekend I took a trip to Philadelphia and ended up at Parc (the sister restaurant of the one coming to DC) for brunch and while admittedly I’m no food critic this place is freaking awesome. If they are able to replicate the look and feel of this place – Logan Circle is in for a huge score. Not only is the food delicious but the atmosphere and the service was some of the best I’ve ever experienced. You can check out their menu here. Anyway, just wanted to share the good news.

  • monkeyrotica

    I’ve also been to the Parc in Rittenhouse Square. Solid, competent bistro fare; crowded as all get out for brunch; $17 burgers to keep away the riffraff. Logan’s on to a winner here.

    • Mike

      Guess I must be riffraff. What fool would pay $17 for a hamburger or $10 for pancakes?

      • monkeyrotica

        The burger at Marvin is around $17. It’s practically the only thing I see people eating there. That and the fried chicken.

    • Anonymous

      are there places you haven’t eaten?

  • Anonymous

    Stephen Starr has many, many restaurants, not just this one, so the one coming to Logan Circle may not be like this one, could be like one of his many other ones, which would still be okay. May not be the most exceptional dining you’ve ever had, but it’s pretty consistently good, in all of the various styles.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      It is going to be like this one. Thus the original name of Parc Deux (now to be called Le Diplomate.) Also the waitress told me it will be like this one as well but a bit smaller.

      • Anonymous

        Good news, then. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    $16 for 6 oysters?! Count me out.

    • Anonymous

      That’s a little cheaper than your typical per oyster price around the city are these days, unless you get them on HH. I hear you, though, it’s not a cheap eat. In other cities, compared to DC, I’d say the price skews moderate. Will be curious to see how they price their menu for their DC location.

      • I think $1.50 to 2 bucks an oyster is more in line with prices in the area. You’re looking at almost 3 dollars per oyster her, which I think is a bit pricey for my blood. Yet, I will still give it a try.

        • Anonymous

          Please tell me where you are eating oysters for 1.5/2 that are not priced on HH in the area. Every place that I’ve been to (over the past year) has been priced at 3/oyster, unless on HH.

          • Anonymous

            Hank’s oysters are $2 and $1 during happy hour.

          • monkeyrotica

            Maine Avenue Fish Market oysters on the half shell are a buck a piece. Al fresco dining at its finest, and none of those snooty bastards who want to pay $17 for a goddamn hamburger.

          • Anonymous

            Anonymous 2:31,

            Are you sure they are $2/oyster at Hanks? The strange thing is that on the Hill and in Old Town, they are priced at 2/oyster, non-HH. However, at the Dupont location it says to refer to the blackboard, which suggests to me that they are not that price. Perhaps they are pricing it with what other neighborhood restaurants are charging per oyster. Just curious.

  • I find some Stephen Starr restaurants to be a bit gimmicky and soul less. Similar to Xavier Cervera’s places on the hill.

  • Not to be a buzzkill, but the original Parc isn’t anything particularly special. It’s a decent, if slightly overpriced, neighborhood restaurant, but nothing earth shattering. It’s also something of a ripoff of Balthazar.

  • jno

    What isn’t overpriced nowadays? If we boycotted every place that had a $15+ hamburger, we would be eating at Five Guys. Sad but true.

    • Or at Palena, which has far better burgers for a lower price than most of the restaurants ready mentioned (especially Marvin).

  • Rich

    If only the Tryst guy got this site. I’d rather have good crosissants than more of the same overpriced crap.

  • Anonymous

    I plan to be first in line. Starr runs the gambit for styles. All are cool and fresh offering great food. I never miss Parc when I’m in Philly. Tried for El Vez on my last visit and the hostess indicated it books a month in advance. This place is over 6 years old and still booked. Starr restaurants appeal to a wide range of people. Pod rocks too!!

  • Anonymous.

    it’s almost 2013, and Parc isn’t McDonalds, nor is their food comparable. 15 bucks for an awesome burger and the best fries in town… that’s a bargain. Not to mention they could actually tell you where the meat from their burger came from — try that at Applebee’s — while you’re at it, ask your Applebee’s server if that burger ever touches a grill… or if it’s just microwaved… You all want good food but don’t want to pay the price… educate yourselves a little bit, 15 bucks for a burger is really cheap.


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