The primary problem with the food at District Kitchen is quite simple: It’s bland. Really, really bland. Tasteless. Boring. And pretty much any other word that means bland.
Let’s start at the beginning. Country bread is served with a flavorless mound of butter; fries are begging for a dipping sauce rather than the sad thimble of harsh malt vinegar that accompanies them; a wild rice medley is under seasoned and undercooked; herbed ricotta is in dire need of some herbs; and risotto is so obscenely rich it is barely edible. All of the dishes could use some fresh vegetables, herbs, flavors, colors. The over-utilization of cream and butter is a sad cooking technique for avoiding the development of real texture and depth of flavor.
Dessert is the worst disappointment, a maple éclair is sickeningly sweet, a chocolate bread pudding is really a dried out brownie, butterscotch pudding is disturbingly grainy, and gelato is forgettable.
To add insult to injury, prices are high, and service is abysmal. Be prepared to be forgotten about, purposefully ignored, and even talked down to.
Avoid at all costs.
District Kitchen, 2606 Connecticut Ave Northwest Washington DC 20008, 202-238-9408