Whether you eat at the bustling bar or in the dining room upstairs, you'll find an imaginative, generous interpretation of modern American cooking. Start with the blue crab fritters, then move on to entrées such as pecan-crusted trout. The warm, flourless, chocolate-macadamia nut waffle with vanilla ice cream is classic. Carlyle is especially known for its fantastic weekend brunch, where you can pair brioche French toast with a glass of Virginia sparkling cider. You can even buy a loaf of bread at the restaurant's own bakery, the Best Buns Bread Company, next door.