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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 01:07 PM
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Pls recommend your favorite DC restaurants!

Hi - we've decided at the last minute to use our miles and hotel points on a long weekend in DC from 4/9-12. GIven that the air and lodging will be 'free' our budget for food and libations has gone up. I've reviewed all the Fodors info online but would like to get some opinions on other spots you've found that are great - we aren't into high gourmet, Indian, or Thai. Good wine list is a must however! DH is not taking a jacket so any place that requires one will be off the list as well. Thanks!
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 01:19 PM
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Where are you staying? You say you don't like Indian, Thai and high gourmet, so what do you like? Are you adventurous or meat/potatoes?
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 01:29 PM
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Cenral Michel Richard for great, casual French-insprired bistro dishes. I prefer sitting at the bar.
Old Ebbit Grill for the "DC experience".
1789 if you have a special occasion.
Sushi Taro
DC is becoming a great restaurant city - there are plenty of places to go!
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 02:06 PM
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We're staying at the Westin Grand; we love italian, seafood, good burgers, southern.
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 02:24 PM
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Near your hotel, check out Ris

http://www.risdc.com/

Blue Duck Tavern

http://www.blueducktavern.com/galler...duck/home.html

DC doesn't really have great Italian food. For good burgers, check out Spike from Top Chef's Good Stuff Eatery

http://www.goodstuffeatery.com/

Another hot restaurant now is Birch and Barley. I just saw Rahm Emanuel eating there with his family

http://www.birchandbarley.com/
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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I had an excellent burger at Busboys & Poets -- love the ambiance, too:

http://www.busboysandpoets.com/
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 03:00 PM
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1789 will require a jacket, so that's out.
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Old Apr 5th, 2010, 03:09 PM
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We go to the Peking Duck when in DC . . great Chinese ( 41 used to go there a lot )

http://www.pekingduck.com/
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Old Apr 6th, 2010, 04:37 AM
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The two places we usually hit each visit are Old Ebbitt Grill http://www.ebbitt.com (be sure to make reservations) and Lauriol Plaza http://www.lauriolplaza.com. Don't know about their wines but sure enjoy their margaritas!
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Good Stuff Eatery was fab. Crowded (which is a good sign) but awesome burgers.
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One of my favorite restaurants is Brasserie Beck. Belgian food - just divine.

However, while it does have wine, it's strong point is its amazing beer list. Not sure if your husband would substitute that for one evening.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/ba...k,1137212.html

You might also want to consider the various Ethiopian restaurants in town. I can't speak for wine lists there either, but any of the places I've visited (Dupont Circle and U street area) were excellent. Not sure where you live but Ethiopian food may not be easy to come by in your home town (unless you live in a major metro area that is).
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"its" not "it's" - argh! at any rate, check it out.
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For casual Mexican, Oyamel. A short ride on the redline to Cleveland Park is Palenas that has the best burgers for about $10. A place with a buzz and good food is Marvins on 14th St. Obelisk is great-might be too high gourmet as I'm not sure what that means. Haven't been for awhile, but Cafe Atlantico is usually excellent. Agree, lots of good Ethopian to be sampled. Have fun!
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Oooh, forgot about Cafe Atlantico. Love that place. Great brunch. Have a mojito!

Zaytinya is also a good choice, as is Jaleo (although I've been to Jaleo so many times, so very many times, I am experiencing some Jaleo fatigue).

It's a shame you don't like Indian because I can't praise the restaurant Rasika enough.
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If you like seafood, you might want to try Pesce or Kinkead's.
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Old Apr 6th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Thanks everyone for all the great recommendations. I'll let you know what we decided via trip report when we get back. If you ever get to northern italy, spain, germany, normandy, amsterdam or brugges, let me know and I'll be happy to give you our recommendations!
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We had fantastic meals at Blue Duck Tavern & Plume @ the Jefferson Hotel. The whole fish at BDT was amazing! ***kim***
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