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How is this list for DC Trip

I would change Palena to dinner. Go for the back room if you can, but the cafe is great too. Highly recommended.

You might want to consider some other dining options like Tosca and Obelisk, too.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Aug 31, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need suggestions for south side of SF bay

I assume this was Joya -- http://joyarestaurant.com/. It was pretty good! Ended up also trying the paella (a pretty good example of it - though the chicken that was a part of the dish was pretty overcooked). The tapas were quite tasty as well.

Thanks to all for the suggestions. It was hard to choose. It was most decided by the time of day and what ended up being closer and on the way back to the airport.

Aug 19, 2011
Pool Boy in San Francisco Bay Area

Need suggestions for south side of SF bay

My boss and I are out there meeting with vendors. Need suggestions for good (but not super expensive or super high end) non-chain restaurants to consider. All cuisines open, preferring something seasonal and super fresh (or really good seafood, too), but would not overlook something ethnic (Indian, Mexican, etc). A good wine list would be nice, too.

Probably staying in Sunnyvale. So anywhere in or between Redwood City, San Jose and Los Gatos would be fine. We will have a car for sure.

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2011
Pool Boy in San Francisco Bay Area

Facci?

Facci's decent. They have a good salad involving mushrooms that's worth a taste. The pizzas are all pretty good as well, and are properly sized (single person). Their charcuterie plate is good to share, but a little weak overall in what's included. Their wine list is OK, but they do not specify vintages on the list IIRC which is a blemish if you ask me. But let's face it this is not a rock star wine list either. Their pastas are good, too.

I tend to go early or a bit later to avoid the crush of the families that swarm the place. Parking sucks because much of the shopping center is restaurants so everyone goes there all around the same time which makes for the mess that it can be.

Jul 19, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Palena Cafe waits

You should be able to get a table, sure. The cafe is greatly expanded as you know, That said, there can be waits since they do not do reservations for that space. But I'd expect on a Tuesday you should be OK.

Jul 19, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

If you were a foodie and could live anywhere in/near DC - where would it be?

Money notwithstanding, I would live in Cleveland Park so I could walk to Palena every day of my life.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

May 26, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Correct. I have been there dressed nice, but also with nice pants and a tasteful Hawaiian shirt.

May 25, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

I liked Cinghiale, but it was not utterly memorable. I prefer Charleston myself, but it is quite pricey. That said, they *really* know their sauces there.

I have heard nothing but amazing things about Woodberry Kitchen from friends, too. Good luck!

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Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

May 24, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Vienna and Venice (and maybe Bratislava)

6 nights in Vienna, 4 nights in Venice. Maybe a day trip to Bratislava.

Looking primarily for good and affordable lunch and dinner options. Would far prefer to look for non-tourist, off the beaten path independent places. If any places involve good wine, all the better. A couple of suggestions for high end dining would we good as well in the event we decide to splurge. All cuisine welcome, the more local and unique to the area the better.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

May 10, 2011
Pool Boy in Europe

Rehobeth Beach

Espuma

Mar 25, 2011
Pool Boy in Mid-Atlantic

Great Itlaian in DC?

Obelisk is wonderful and decidedly understated and almost casual, but the food is superb.

Tosca is great and the service level and a space are more formal and a couple of notches higher than at Obelisk, but they really are going for two different feels.

You cannot go wrong with either place.

Mar 24, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jaded California food snob seeks like-minded fusspots to recommend good DC restaurants

Palena (particularly the back room, but the cafe is wonderful too). There is no better place in DC that embraces food and flavor better. And seasonality. And if all you do is go there and get one of Frank Ruta's consommes, pot au feus or other broth based soups, you will understand.

That's really all you need to know. ;-)

Other places to try (though not always living up to your requirement of only local and only seasonal), of course, are--
Komi
Tosca
Obelisk
CityZen (is fine, but very expensive, and honestly I think Palena is superior)
Restaurant Eve (which is fine, but also very expensive, and I was not overly impressed)
Dino (near Palena, very good casual Italian place)
Brasserie Beck
Central
Rasika
PS7s
Grace Garden way up in Odenton, MD
Pick a Peruvian Chicken joint, I like Chicken on the Run in Bethesda, MD
Mia's Pizzas
Corduroy
Joe's Noodle House in Rockville, MD ain't bad either
Blacksalt
Tacqueria La Poblanita (Rt 1 North between Jessup, MD and Laurel, MD - though it probably still pales to what you can get in CA)

That's a start, but there are loads of places to try and consider. FWIW, I think Yelp is pretty useless. You might consider other food related forums that focus purely on the DC area (they do exist!) for even more suggestions.

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PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Grace Garden
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

Joe's Noodle House
1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

Mar 24, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Important Birthday for Girlfriend - need suggestions

I totally and completely and utterly agree with dinwiddie here. Palena would be perfect -- in the back dining room IMO.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Mar 16, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Palena Dining Room

I've gone dressy (jacket, even jacket & tie) and pretty casual (really great Hawaiian shirt, nice pants and sandals) -- it's all good.

Feb 15, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wegman's Columbia

The one in Lanham is already open. I plan on avoiding the Columbia one like the plague as I am sure it'll be completely and utterly overrun, permanently.

Jan 31, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

LA CHer coming to DC, critique my list please

I agree regarding Good Stuff. Their milkshakes are pretty good though.

Jan 28, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

LA CHer coming to DC, critique my list please

I think Jaleo used to be far better than it is today. Still it is not bad, just not up to what it used to be.

Jan 28, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

LA CHer coming to DC, critique my list please

You can still order them off the super secret menu.

Jan 28, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

German potato salad

There are endless variations of potato salad, and yes, there are even endless variations of german potato salad -- not all of which are served warm. I far prefer them chilled or room temperature.

To get the best experience I do recommend making your own. Lots of good recipes out there on the interwebs.

Jan 07, 2011
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

NY CH-er coming to DC

For higher end, consider Palena and Komi.
For fun and still good, consider PS7s, Central, Brasserie Beck and even Proof and Corduroy
For colorful and still (greasy) good -- Florida Avenue Grill
Rasika is really great modern Indian - highly recommended
I'm not up on the various Ethiopian places in the city, but you should think about going to at least one place while you're here

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PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dec 14, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help finding a tasting menu

It's over your budget but you might consider BlackSalt on MacArthur Blvd.

And, I had no idea Tosca did a tasting menu....hmmmm

That all being said, I think tasting menus, in general, have sort of jumped the shark for me.

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BlackSalt
4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

Dec 13, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Steak and Kidney Pie? NOVA?

Oh I wish I could help. I had a fantastic example of steak & kidney pie in London a couple of months ago at the Albion Caff and your post has be *craving* it right about now.

Dec 13, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Robert Weidmaier's Mussel Bar

Went a few months ago, It was an OK experience. The mussels were at least 'good' but nothing particularly special. The frites were a sore disappointment -- too many short/end bits -- they are supposed to be nice and long and thin. The aioli was good, but not enough was provided to dip in. The beers are solid, but way overpriced. The space is nice, but hustle-bustle and quite noisy.

It's a decent option, but I expected more. I'd go back, but it's not rotation-worthy.

Nov 04, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

First time visitor - please help to make it special!

I think Jaleo has jumped the shark.

Go to Palena. It is beyond your price point if you go to the back of the house (dining room), but the cafe is less expensive (though they do not take ressies for the cafe). You will not be disappointed. And, it is pretty casual -- I go there in sandals, ok pants and a nice hawaiian shirt all the time. Dinner for two in the back room, with an average bottle of wine, tax and tip will run you $200 or so. Cafe will run less but depends on how much you order of course.

If you want steak, I'd suggest Charlie Palmer, but it is over your budget by a good margin. A cheaper alternative is Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring, which is metro accessible. It pales a good bit, but it is certainly acceptable and I think they take ressies.

For other Italian, Obelisk and Tosca are good choices, Obelisk being the more laid back and casual. I think my real struggle with suggestions is the price limit you mention - a lot of the lower price places certainly serve up acceptable food, but are not in the same league of some of the places I mention (and the places I have mentioned are not the most expensive in the city by any means).

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Ray's the Classics
8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Oct 13, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore & DC for the holidays

For the DC meal, go to Palena's back room. Or Komi, or Obelisk, or Tosca even.

As for the rest of your request, some idea of what you're looking for (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and what cuisines (what you like, what you do not) and price points woiuld be helpful in making suggestions to you. ;-)

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Oct 13, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Weekend in DC--restaurant suggestions

Obelisk for Italian or Tosca would be a good choice on that front as well.

Sep 23, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Babes in the Woods...

The have drop off points every couple of weeks around the region. I pick my stuff up in Silver Spring MD when I order. Their pork is, by far, the best pork I have ever eaten.

Sep 14, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Italian in Bethesda Md - need help

I assumed it was open, since the signage is still there, but I had not looked in the place in years. Ah well.

Sep 13, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

best italian in downtown DC and best french bistro in downtown DC

For Italian, try Tosca or Obelisk.

For French, try Bistrot du Coin.

Sep 08, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Italian in Bethesda Md - need help

Well dang. Whenever I go to Tia Queta, I just go for tacos, and they have not let me down. Not the best I have had, but always decent, and sometimes up to very good.

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Tia Queta Restaurant
4839 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Sep 07, 2010
Pool Boy in Washington DC & Baltimore