Well, that just makes no sense. I’ll start again.
We returned to Mrs. K’s Toll House (9201 Colesville) last night for dinner, and we still like it and don’t find it particularly “strange” as Tom Sietsema describes it this weekend. The restaurant is old, maybe better to say long-standing, and could be stodgy — I think some people expect it to be — but isn’t, including the food. Mrs. Me liked the pasta whose sauce Mr. Sietsema described as wallpaper paste. Make of that what you will.
He is right about a number of things, though: the chorizo croquettes are good (we got them on a previous visit); crabcakes are large and crabby with almost no filler; the filet mignon and salmon were big hits with our dining companions who had not been to K’s before. Angus beef sliders were tasty although the meat was a little overcooked. We always sit in the wine-cellary basement, great ambience down there, cozy without being crowded, they did a fine job in the 2008 remodel making the space seem older and more authentic than it really is.
We also continue to enjoy the service, which in our experience is friendly, efficient, knowledgable; last night they worked with us to find a wine we all enjoyed, a 2000 Chateu Mondorion bordeaux, at non-outrageous price ($45, about a 100% markup, very reasonable by modern restaurant standards).
Mrs. K’s will never be hip or trendy, like say the new 8407, but it remains one of the nicest restaurants in this neck of the MoCo. And the downstairs is pretty cool, if you like Napa and that kind of thing. Which we do.