The “everything lox” is also more of a dip than a sandwich. The latter snack comes with what the menu calls a "Franch" dressing: a riff on ranch, based on fromage blanc and lots of tarragon and dill. I found this restaurant on Yelp and it was the best decision on this trip. The latest in Washington’s food and drink scene. Deshaies says he and famed chef Michel Richard created the dish together 15 years ago, and he’s honoring his longtime mentor by serving it exactly the same way it was served at Citronelle. A display case full of pies. These Women Are Making the Cocktail World More Accessible to the Black Community, 5 Hilarious Ways Bars Are Getting Around the Must-Serve-Food Rule, Today at 11: Chat With Food Critic Ann Limpert, The New Local Spirits We’re Most Excited About. Deshaies says one of his biggest disappointments is that Richard did not live long enough to eat at his restaurant. A couple family-style dishes can feed a crowd, including 72-hour short ribs with a raisin-peppercorn sauce. I love mascarpone on my breakfast sweets! " The bartenders were very helpful, and everyone was satisfied with what they got. Thought maybe they were providing a birthday dessert, but no...that was just one of her quirks. Topping the loaf is a glaze made with ketchup, honey and Sriracha, and a garnish of Chinese long beans; a moat of morel mushroom gravy nudges the slab into fine-dining turf. She's Ana Deshaies, the chef's wife and the talent behind the baked goods. “There is a very French expression: the dog doesn’t make cats,” Deshaies says. Unconventional Diner. Open 24 hours (never mind if they would actually eat there at 4 AM). Specialties: Our burgers and fries will fill you up with comfort. When Citronelle closed in 2012, Deshaies bought up the kitchen equipment, knowing that he would someday open a place of his own. A protege of the late French tastemaker Michel Richard, the chef also knew the effort wouldn't be a cheap-eats destination, certainly not with free-range chicken and domestic Wagyu beef on his menu. Most people have very specific ideas of what a diner should be. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. The 8,000-square-foot space contains a cafe and dining room split by a bar. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Vegetarians have an advocate in Deshaies, who sprinkles 10 or so meatless notions throughout his menu of snacks, shareables, "supper" and sides. Waitress took our menus before we ordered but we managed to get them back. Now, alongside it all, he hangs a giant picture of Richard and famed DC chef Jean-Louis Palladin. French fries with sexy sauce...the sauce is wow! Buy a Unconventional Diner gift card. Proper from scratch diner with integrity. David Deshaies always wanted to offer comfort food with a spin as the owner of his debut restaurant. Of course there's meatloaf, and of course, it's nothing like anyone's mom's. 202-847-0122. unconventionaldiner.com. Established in 2014.… “You become what you’ve been told. Swanson's can only dream. The main dining room of Unconventional Diner combines an industrial shell with chic custom furniture. At 11 AM, more lunch foods will become available, including fried chicken sandwiches, French dip, burgers, and salads. Enjoyed the fried chicken and shrimp and grits, but service left a lot to be desired. "Supper" items, $15 to … (And no, it’s not open 24 hours—you’ll be fine.). Photo by Evy Mages The 90-seat dining room and bar—which opened December 18—comes to life at 5 PM. Eggs and pancakes for dinner. The food, drinks, and service were great. Everything I do, there’s a lot of Michel Richard inspiration on my menu.”.