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Krinn often churns out three soups a day at the restaurant. 106  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2018 Jon Krinn: Clarity, Vienna After being forced to shutter his critically acclaimed restaurant INOX nine years ago in the throes of the recession, Jon Krinn spent a four-year stint in cybersecurity marketing. What he calls a "long, soul-searching journey" soon drew him back to his passion for cooking professionally, however, and in 2015 he made a comeback, naming his New American restaurant after what he believes we're all looking for in life: Clarity. Krinn, who also launched the successful 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church in 2002, revels in explor- ing innovative ideas at Clarity, which received the 2018 RAMMY Award for "Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year" from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Adjusted daily, the menu combines French techniques with a globally minded philosophy for boundary-pushing dishes. The charred octopus with ginger glaze is inspired by Krinn's wife's Vietnamese cooking, and he's also been known to make three soups a day (because, he says, "Who doesn't love soup?"). Fifty wines by the bottle and 15 by the glass represent the world's classic regions, while the small cocktail list features a smattering of local products: The R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Elders, for example, melds Catoctin Creek Organic Watershed Gin from Purcellville, Virginia, with elderberry mead, elder- berry liqueur, citrus, agave, and thyme. "Clarity is a safe place to explore food and drink while we explore ourselves," Krinn says. Jon Krinn says the dishes at Clarity are often inspired by his wife's Vietnamese cooking.

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