Little pricey, but worth going to a place with a "wine book" instead of a "wine list" Jun 14, 2010
Proof is on the corner of 8th and G street, NW just inside of Chinatown. It's got indoor and patio seating. It looks like many people go there for the wine, but the food is quite good.
TO EAT: If you want to go for dinner, look up the menu in advance and consider making reservations (we went at 930 at night and it was packed!). I had to translate half the things on the dinner menu so that when I got to Proof, I wouldn't take a half hour out of some waiter's life to ask a billion questions: what's that? what's that? and what about that, what's in there? However, the food is wonderfully prepared and they support local farmers using fresh produce from the area.
TO DRINK: They have a small basic wine list that the typical person could probably select from. The also have a 60 page book that divides everything up by regions of the world. Be sure to ask about how much your wine will cost in advance as a friend of a friend was surprised when she got her bill and saw a $36 glass (not bottle) of wine on her bill. I had a $25 glass of a German wine that was worth it, but when you don't know it advance, you don't want your bill to be a surprise.
TO HAVE LUNCH: Proof has a lunch special for $12 if you work or will be passing through the area.
CHEESE and HAM: Proof has a variery of cow, sheep, and goat cheeses as well as other trays of delicate foods. Cheese is not really my thing, so you'll have to try it and write a review on it.
If you go, your experience would be much better if you had Matthew as your waiter. He has lots of energy and lots of information and has been to Europe on several occassions. He is passionate about the information he has to give-he is GREAT!
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