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Fat Canary Restaurant Review: Reserve well in advance for one of the 55 seats in this stylish, Merchants Square dining room. There was a time when procrastinators could rely on supping at the well run bar, but even those spots are getting harder to snag (although the patio helps). Chef-owner Tom Power Jr.’s Southern sensibility shines through in wild rice-tasso stuffed quail with crawfish etouffée, while grilled lamb strip loin with farro, herbs, olives and ratatouille reflects his world travels. An open kitchen allows guests to glimpse his perfectionism in action; crispy Rappahannock oysters with Espelette pepper, tomato, onion and celery, and seared foie gras with hazelnut toast let them fully experience it. Power’s restaurant adjoins his family’s Cheese Shop, so the thoughtful wine list is supplemented by any bottle purchased on premise from the wine cellar for a corkage fee. Naturally, a cheese platter makes sense for dessert, but you won’t want to miss the spiced walnut cake with Calvados ice cream either. Don’t give yourself a Patrick Henry-style "liberty or death" ultimatum. Choose both and walk it all off on a moonlit stroll around the colonial capital.