We happened upon this place after trying to get into Chez Lucien on a busy Friday night. We wandered around Byward Market and found the Cornerstone. The giant flames outside attracted us and it looked like a nice place, not quite so busy so we went in. This is a nice looking restaurant. The waitresses, all dressed in black are very sexy and pretty, if a little stand-offish. We were seated and ordered the cast iron spinach dip to start. It was pretty good, but I prefer a naan type bread for dips so the tortilla chips didn't really do it for me. I ordered the BBQ burger and my husband ordered the portobello swiss burger. When my burger first arrived I thought I had mistakenly been given a vegetarian patty..it was a weird color, almost looked like a turkey burger. It was very tender, but didn't taste like a real meat patty, more like a formed burger. It says they make them fresh, so I'm not sure why, but the consistancy was a bit weird for me. The bun was heavy, too firm for the burger, I ended up eating it without the bun. The fries were not great, like little pieces of tastelesss cardboard. We couldn't get a re-fill on our drinks because we couldn't get the attention of our waitress, even though we counted close to ten employees hovering around the kitchen entrance socializing. The bill was higher than the food warranted, and the next day we got into Chez Lucien and had the burgers that were MUCH better, and cheaper to boot. Just proves again, that just because a restaurant looks nicer and charges more and hires model types to wait tables, does not mean their food will meet your expectations.
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