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Where is the "fancy" McDonalds in DC?

This has to be the funniest question ever asked on chowhound. You're thinking of the one in NYC.

Stocking up for a party: be$t place to buy beer/wine in NOVA

It's funny- when I need liquor, I drive into the District and go to Calvert-Woodley! But for that much beer and wine, Virginny is a wise choice. If you don't have a membership at Costco, Total Wine is really the only place worth a special trip. McLean isn't so far from Georgetown if you get on the Parkway and take 123/Dolley Madison. Plus Total Wine is like an adventure, a field trip for adults!

Tricky Birthday Dinner - Fairfax

I had a great dinner at Willow in Ballston last week. I was very impressed by the choices on the menu, and the quality of the meal. There are many vegetarian choices, and it's a large restaurant with many quiet corners. I think your mother-in-law would find the food very accessible- especially the flatbread menu. I also thought the prices were very good for the level of food they are preparing. Check out their website. And it's certainly elegant enough to make your wife's birthday feel special.

Orso vs. Pupatella?

I agree with danielK. The pizzas are great at both, but the set-up is different. Orso is a proper sit-down restaurant with hostess and all. Orso is like the drive-by pizza shooting of your dreams. It all depends on how much time you want to spend. I love them both.

Christmas Eve Dinner

My husband and I like to go out for dinner every Christmas Eve and have found that generally you need to go to a restaurant that is in or affiliated with a hotel; everywhere else is closed. So, high-end places that fit this bill are Citronelle (Lantham Hotel), Cityzen (Mandarin Oriental), Bistro Bis (The George), Bourbon Steak (Four Seasons), etc. However, restaurants like 1789 in Georgetown are famous for their Christmas Eve celebrations. If you're thinking of going there however- call right now! Regulars make their reservations for the following year when they are leaving the restaurant!!!

Bistro Bis
15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Help! Need something chow-worthy in DC...with restrictions.

OK! At least you spell it all out! I love that kind of organization. I'd recommend Eatonville if you want a little Southern Fare and a chance to peruse the U Street corridor. It's very lively, and probably unlike anywhere else you've ever been. The menu is very approachable, and it's nice to get away from the tourist areas and see some neighborhoods. It's a short walk from the U Street/Cardozo metro on the green line. (The sweet tea is crazy good)
Walkable from Union Station with those criteria....well, Carmine's is brand new (to DC- they are originally from NYC) and has received favorable reviews. Everybody likes Italian, right? It's on 7th Street. Don't eat dessert there- a few doors down is Pitango which is "Italy-quality" gelato and trust me, I know. I often forego normal food when I'm in Italy to make more room for gelato. This stuff is the real deal.

Eatonville Restaurant
2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

U Street Cafe
1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Anything in Mantoloking?

I will be in Mantoloking tomorrow near the Yacht Club and really need a place for lunch nearby. It could be a deli or a sit-down. Just has to be good! Thanks for the help.

Aug 26, 2010
bhein in New Jersey

A Slice of Fruit Pie and a Cup of Coffee. Where in NOVA?

This is a little bit of an odd recommendation, and perhaps it reflects my love of Twin Peaks, but I get a kick out of having a slice of pie and coffee at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington (corner of Lee Hwy. & Glebe Road). Of course, I have to sit at the counter where the pies are displayed. I once tried the apple which is alright, but then I tried the banana cream pie. I can't say what the other offerings are (there are quite a few) because once I met that banana cream, there were no others....

If only I could remember the name of the vendor at the Falls Church City farmer's market- they do a mean mixed berry pie. They look like hell, but taste great!! Very flaky crust. They are always set up close to the entrance on Park Ave., on the left hand side.

Metro 29 Diner Restaurant
4711 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

Go to Pupatella!

The husband and I tried Pupatella a few days ago, and really loved it. He's an electrician, and often looks a mess when he's done work. This poses a challenge when we want to eat on the way home since we can't do much more than the Cosi/Panera/Chipotle circuit, and while reliable- not exactly fantastic places. No more! This is the closest I have come to the way Italians eat this type of food in Italy. Unassuming and quick, you place your order at the register, bus-your-own table and off you go. The difference is, you just ate a made-to-order delicious pizza or sandwich (or salad) made with very high quality ingredients, cooked perfectly, and very well priced. I ordered the prosciutto sandwich- and it was more than generous in both the size and amount of cheese and meat and tomatoes. I might have added basil- and will ask for the addition next time. They made the bread for the sandwich when I ordered it! The hubby got a sausage pizza. The crust is both super thin, and bendable! Hooray! The sausage was fantastic- not too hot, not too sweet. The beer and wine selection is surprisingly large. We recently tried Pizzeria Orso- and frankly, why do I need a hostess and a server when all I want is a good pizza and a glass of wine- and the pizza here is just as good, if not better. Check it out!

5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

Pizzeria Orso

My husband and I went on Friday night- which is usually verboten with me. I avoid restaurants and movie theaters on the weekends if I can help it. They were slammed. This is difficult even for a restaurant that isn't only 4 days old! It wasn't a perfect experience, but I will certainly go back (on a weeknight!). It is obvious that they are using topshelf ingredients, and there is real skill at the pizza oven. The crust here has pull/chew to it whereas I find a lot of the other artisanal pizzas around town are practically crackers. The beer and wine selections are quite good and interesting. The arancini really needed salt. I'm betting that once they catch their stride, this is going to be a great spot.


I too am a Wegmans devotee (I shop at 7am on Saturdays because crowd avoidance is a big deal for me). The in-season produce is certainly local-ish. The asparagus during April was from New Jersey, the butternut squash in the fall was Virginian. I have noticed that a good deal of the produce and dairy however is from New York state. I suppose since The Wegs is from Rochester or Buffalo (so sorry, always confuse the two) this makes sense for their distribution. What I know for certain is that the bagels on Saturday morning at the Fairfax store are beyond fabulous.

Dinner in Alexandria Memorial Day weekend

Hank's Oyster bar too.

Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

What's up with Wagamama?

Thanks for the info. Who knew so many words could say so little? It's very odd. They've had huge Wagamama signs up in the windows with vague opening dates "Coming 2009" for almost two years now. Something is up. Oh well.

Trip with family to St. Michael's and Eastern Shore

I would recommend Bistro St.Michael's with the following caveats: tell them you want to sit downstairs (upstairs is Siberia), and be prepared to spend a lot more money than you might think you'd spend at a Bistro with very casual ambiance. The food is good, and the service is very good.

What's up with Wagamama?

Oh stink. I've had my Yasai Yaki Soba order ready for two years now. Thanks for the info.

What's up with Wagamama?

Does anyone know the story with Wagamama on 7th Street? The permit on the door is dated August 22, 2008! The space has been gutted for a very long time with no progress. At least the Pitango across the street looks about ready to open!

Good but inexpensive restaurants near Dulles airport

Il Fornaio is good, and well-priced. Very good service, and nice bar to sit at if you don't like dining alone at a table.

Birthday cake

I got a wonderful birthday cake from Pastries by Randolph a few years ago. It was fantastic, but not cheap. As far a supermarket cakes go, Wegman's are very good.

Looking for suggestions near Union Station in DC - SF hounds with no car

You're also very close to the Penn Quarter neighborhood which has Cafe Atlantico, Oyamel, and Jaleo (Jose Andres restaurants). Teaism for a quick, good and cheap breakfast or lunch, and Zola kitchen (lunch only) are also easily walkable from the hotel. Right around the corner from your hotel is Bistro Bis which is very fabulous and very expensive. I wouldn't take a toddler there for dinner, but certainly for lunch. Don't be tempted by Johnny's Half Shell. The patio is lovely, but the place has gone down hill in my opinion.

Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Bistro Bis
15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Johnny's Half Shell
400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Anyone been to Juniper at the Fairmont?

This is like a mystery restaurant. I can't say that I've heard anything about it- which can't be good. The thing is, my husband and I were married at the Fairmont (back when it was the Monarch!) and we always say we should go back for dinner. Is it any good?

Need recommendation for Old Town

The bar at Restaurant Eve is a good option. It feels like you're in someone's house- great food, great drinks. If you choose Vermilion- make a reservation and specify that you want one of the upstairs tables near the windows. Basically they're the only decent tables in the entire restaurant. If you want a more "accessible" menu, Jackson 20 is good, too.

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Jackson 20
480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

pizzeria paradiso's non-pizza items

Tell your friends you want to go somewhere else! I'm not a big fan of anything on Paradiso's menu. It's so overrated. They wouldn't have survived a month in New York City or Philadelphia for that matter. They only exist here because we are so starved for choice. Having said all of that, the previous recommendation to get a non-pizza-ish pizza is good advice. Their salads are super lame.

Weekend in DC - Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Pizza suggestions

Yes, 2Amy's is loud and crazy, but it really is high quality stuff. As for being too out-of-the-way, it is just a few blocks from the National Cathedral which is often overlooked by tourists, but so worth a visit (the gardens are lovely, too).

Red Mango opening?

Does anyone know when the Red Mango is opening in Claredon? And why oh why doesn't Pink Berry come here??

Honeymoon In DC

You have to go to Citronelle! It's your honeymoon! It would be a crime to miss it.

Looking for Private/Group Dining for 25 People near Courthouse Metro in Arlington, VA. Help!

Willow- across the street and down a block from the Ballston metro station (near Rio Grande). They have private rooms, and they're also in the Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants list.

Lunch near Eastern State Penitentiary

Adults=picky about quality, Kids= picky about choices. (If they were my kids I'd make them deal, but they're my sister's kids, so I have to humor them!)

Jan 23, 2010
bhein in Philadelphia

Lunch near Eastern State Penitentiary

Can anyone recommend a good place for lunch tomorrow near Eastern State Penitentiary? Good for both picky adults and children? Thank you!

Jan 23, 2010
bhein in Philadelphia

Colonial Williamsburg Dining

Thank you! I think I'm leaning toward King's Arm. Peanut soup?!? Never had it, but man am I going to give it a try.

Colonial Williamsburg Dining

Has anyone been to the various historic Inns at Colonial Williamsburg? Are they more theme park than serious restaurant? If so, any recommendations elsewhere in Williamsburg?