Charlie Palmer Steak Refocuses Locally as Hometown Chef Returns

A Captiol Hill staple, well-known steakhouse Charlie Palmer has a new executive chef who is bringing local flavors and dishes to the menu.

Executive Chef, Michael Ellis is returning to Washington DC after a tenure out West, and so he is celebrating his return with a 7-week program in which he focuses his menus on a different neighboring region around DC each week, celebrating the farmers and producers from that region.

We’ll give you the full homecoming schedule at the end, with weekly menu previews, but first we got to sample some new, and classic dishes from Chef Ellis (let’s face it, that’s why you’re really here right?). Everything was amazing, and make sure to save room for dessert!

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Find the cornbread in the basket they bring to your table and tell no one!
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Don’t miss the fresh tomato, compressed watermelon and goat cheese salad – so bright and fresh.
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New on the menu and often only as a special, these cheese filled pasta dumplings with fresh local crab meat and corn where amazing!
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Tuna tartar, a classic steakhouse option, is prepared with Asian flavors over avocado. Light and refreshing.
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The chilled gazpacho with a galia melon-basil ice cream is such a perfect palate cleanser before moving on to more food!
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Using a local importer as part of Chef Ellis’ new style, this Alaskan Halibut is so tender and eats like a steak. Served on local succotash with a perfect sear, don’t miss this seafood option.
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You can’t leave Charlie Palmer’s without the steak! This hanger steak was so tender and perfectly cooked! Add some S&P to taste and boom, lunch is served!
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Hen of the Woods mushrooms roasted perfectly and so fresh you can taste the forest – in a good way!
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Perfectly crispy and hot fries – always pairs well with…anything!
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The chocolate peanut butter cheesecake will have you at the first bite!
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The cheesecake with berries, the OG at any good steakhouse!
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You’re never too full to pass on house made sorbet!

Full yet?!

Don’t take our word for it. Check out the schedule below for Chef Ellis’ homecoming menus featuring local vendors. This is a great trend for such a large and popular steakhouse family and fantastic they allow the Chef the flexibility and the creative license to do this.

Check out this awesome homecoming schedule:

Week of July 25: Chesapeake Bay
Congressional Seafood (Jessup, MD)
Baxter Soft Crabs (Easton, MD)
Roseda Farms (Monkton, MD)
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Week of August 1: Northern Virginia
Great Country Farms (Bluemont, VA)
Jeff’s Garden (Alexandria, VA)
North Neck Fresh (Hague, VA)
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Week of August 8: Southern Pennsylvania
Earth n Eats (Waynesboro, PA)
Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op (Hustontown, PA)
RL Irwin (Kennett Square, PA)
Bell & Evans (Fredericksburg, PA)
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Week of August 15: Montgomery County, MD
Query Mill Farm (Rockville, MD)
Butler’s Orchard (Germantown, MD)
Mom and Dad’s House (Olney, MD)
Cherry Glen Goat Cheese (Boyds, MD)
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Week of August 22: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Cibola Bison (Culpeper, VA)
Border Springs Farm (Patrick Springs, VA)
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Week of August 29: Central Virginia
Miller Farm (Locust Grove, VA)
Papa Weaver (Orange, VA)
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