Bob Kinkead, well known for his Kinkeads restarant in DC and Colvins Run in Tysons Corner VA, two of the top restaurants in the area for years, has opened Ancora, a new restaurant in DC, across from the Kennedy Center in the Watergate office building. Ancora has excellent ambience, Kinkead's usual excellent kitchen and reasonable prices, a combination hard to resist. The noise level is subdued, allowing conversation at a normal speakng level, almost a rarity in our local restaurants.
Kinkead's menu is heavier on fish, which is a specialty of his, than the usual menu, but there are plenty of other choices to satisfy even non-fish eaters such as myself. The best thing on the menu is the veal shin, a large piece of veal for two or more people, presented with a flourish at table side, accompanied by something new to me, flash-fried whole artichokes, which must be tasted to believe. The outer leaves, which are usually discarded, are like potato chips and consumed entirely. An unbelievable dish! If you are ordering dishes that don't come with the artichoke includeed, you can order them as a side dish--and you should. There is an Italian bias to the menu, with many pasta choices. The ones my companions have ordered have been uniformly excellent. Highly recommended.
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