Rural Society, Steakhouse at Madison Hotel, Lassoes the Crowds

Iron Chef Jose Garces’s arrival on the Washington dining scene with the opening of Rural Society in the Loews Madison Hotel has been a resounding success. The steakhouse takes its name from an annual event in Argentina that honors the nation’s gaucho culture. The chef as well as the chairman of Loews Hotels Jonathan Tisch were on hand for the Oct. 1 opening party in the handsome restaurant that features South America’s traditional cuisine, along with food prepared on a $20,000 wood-fired grill. To paraphrase Tisch’s concluding remarks, the best indication of a restaurant’s success is “patrons” on the seats. That is clearly the case at Rural Society.

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