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Need a great date restaurant, possibly with dancing?

Awesome suggestions, but I'm only there Friday and Saturday. :-(

Jun 21, 2011
Raids in Pennsylvania

Need a great date restaurant, possibly with dancing?

No, I edited it in in thanks to his comment! Rest assured, I was an idiot!

Jun 21, 2011
Raids in Pennsylvania

Need a great date restaurant, possibly with dancing?

Ha, Pittsburgh. I'm an idiot, thanks.

Jun 20, 2011
Raids in Pennsylvania

Need a great date restaurant, possibly with dancing?

Hi - I'm not from the area, but visiting Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks and looking for the kind of place that you'd take the sort of person who listens to Ella Fitzgerald in their free time. It could be two separate locations, but I'd like dinner plus a little nightlife. The sort of place where you really dress up and hopefully have some live dinner music, followed by the kind of bar that whips of classic cocktails, possibly also with live music? Regarding the food, American cuisine or a steakhouse would be ideal.

Anything close? I'm from DC and I'd have a hard time filling this order in my area, but if anyone can come up with anything, I'd really appreciate it.

Jun 20, 2011
Raids in Pennsylvania

Bar-Seating and Reservation Etiquette

Yeah, true enough. Recently, I tried to reserve the only lounge table at a popular wine bar/restaurant and was told they don't reserve that space. Okay, no problem, I showed up at opening time, 5:30pm to grab it for my book club, took off work early to do this, and when the doors opened, what was on that table but a "reserved" sign?

Yeah. The other lounge tables are all for 2-3 people and are actually bolted to the floor. They suggested we just spread all 8 of us out at the bar. Fine, don't take my money, whatever. Instead our group dropped $400 on snacks and drinks at a lounge a couple blocks over.

For DC residents, that was at Proof. Consider yourself warned.

May 09, 2011
Raids in Not About Food

PJ Clarkes -- K Street Now Open

As someone who doesn't know any better (never been to the NYC location), I go here not rarely for lunch. I'd put it on par with, say, Clyde's, and it's a little pricier. One day I got the gumbo, though, and it was pretty great. Otherwise, yeah, I'd say it's as described. Service is good.

May 09, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

need recommendations for a business lunch near 15th and New York Ave NW

I'm a Bobby Van's hater. And they were really slow for lunch. Normally I tell people to get things other than steak at J&G, but that hanger steak lunch special is a steal.

May 09, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

need recommendations for a business lunch near 15th and New York Ave NW

What I had was not a reuben, but corned beef with horseradish. It was served on a toasted bun, the horseradish sauce was not runny, and the beef was in non-sloppy but not dried out pieces instead of deli-sliced. It is probably the best corned beef sandwich I've ever had. And the butcher board presentation is cute.

May 09, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bar-Seating and Reservation Etiquette

You were asked to move from a bar stool? What??? If anything, they knew you were waiting for a table and would only be a few more minutes. Nobody has ever, ever asked me to move from a bar stool, at any caliber of establishment.

Regarding your late friends, I think the restaurant was fair as long as that is their consistent policy. I thought the way you handled it was perfect also.

May 05, 2011
Raids in Not About Food

The most amazing meal at Eola ...

Yeah, excellent review. I'm motivated to go check it out.

May 05, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Blue Duck - stikl good?

There are other spots that are in the same vein (assuming you meant the same kind of cuisine and atmosphere) and better. Birch and Barley. Corduroy. Ris. Againn. I'd say Cashion's and 701 are about even with Blue Duck. Also, I haven't been, but maybe Equinox too.

May 05, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC/B-area restaurant experience

Komi. As stated, you better start calling *right now* Otherwise, the dining room at Palena.

May 05, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

need recommendations for a business lunch near 15th and New York Ave NW

J&G. It's really close. Beck, Acadiana, and Againn are not really that close, although they are doable and all within walking distance. You'll just need an extra half an hour to walk there and back. If you're going to go with one of those, I'd definitely go with Againn. The lunch sandwiches - corned beef, ham - are fantastic and cured in-house, it's a perfect atmosphere for a business lunch, and I also wouldn't leave without getting an order of the scotch eggs.

If you can have beer at lunch, though, and you like Belgian beer, I'd think twice about Beck.

May 05, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dining at Blue Duck Tavern tonight - what to order?

Also totally not my experience. That's really kind of crazy. To explain, my husband is a total food traditionalist, and he is *serious* about apple pie. It better be like grandma's, or it's an atrocity. And he loves their apple pie. When I've had it, the filling was, texture-wise, utterly like those buckets of corn-syrup-y apple pie filling you can order from food service suppliers, only it didn't have that phony-guey consistency, it wasn't gross-tasting, and the apples were, like you describe, in large pieces.

May 02, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dining at Blue Duck Tavern tonight - what to order?

Oooh, that's too bad. I've had the apple pie three times, and the apples have never been undercooked - always very soft. They were in very large pieces, though, as you say. Crust has been flaky, but definitely thick. I've never had cocktails there, only wine.

May 02, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dining at Blue Duck Tavern tonight - what to order?

Re: Apple pie. No it would not be overkill. :-)

On the entrees, they have totally overhauled the menu since I was last there, when I would have said to get the brined chicken, no question. Even the sides are different.

Still, I don't think I'd skip the entree. Reading it over, to me, the apps look kind of like the things they think they're expected to have, and the entrees look more like the things the chef wanted to have. We ordered a couple of apps when I was last there, and I don't even remember them, even though I do remember the entrees.

I think I'd be getting that orange-ale braised rabbit or that fluke "t-bone." The asparagus I had before was vibrant and perfectly cooked and seeing as its now topped with duck egg bernaise and duck proscuitto, I can't see how it could have gotten worse.

Anyway, I think overall our opinion was that they did rich flavors well. The beef was fine, but you can get better elsewhere. Things that were brined, braised, etc. were outstanding.

Too bad the weather is not cooperative! I love, love, love the patio. FYI, we sat out there in 60F temps before and were fine with the lamps, etc., if it ever stops raining.

Happy birthday!!!

I can say this - you can definitely share sides. We split two between three people. Probably four people could eat that apple pie.

May 01, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Three-day weekend in D.C.

I have absolutely no preference, but locals tend to say "the District."

Apr 30, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

It's really funny - my office is full of raging lushes at happy hour, and that's no problem, but truly hardly anybody drinks anything at lunch. I've seen it once, when it was the person's birthday. Again, it's not a policy I really agree with, but it's definitely there.

And I get you - no way could my sister, in sales, turn down drinks with her clients either.

Apr 30, 2011
Raids in Not About Food

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

Never. Ever. I am an attorney with the federal government. I believe I would get written up for doing so. However, I could completely function if I had one beer or glass of wine at lunch, so I'm not defending the culture, but no, totally no.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Not About Food

Three-day weekend in D.C.

Yeah, I've just heard a few places that dinner can take upwards of three hours with long, long breaks between courses (for a regular off-the-meu dinner, not a tasting menu) and I'm not very good about that kind of thing. But if you're the kind of person who can ignore front-of-the-house problems for great food, it might be better for you. I tend to get kind of cranky about it and it bleeds over to my perception of the food.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Celebratory Dinner in D.C for NJ/NYC hound....and more

Okay, I wholeheartedly agree with heading over to Estadio. Great food. Really fun place. Except that they do take reservations now, and the only one available for 4 people is at 5pm. But a lot of people probably don't know that, so maybe walking in would work?

For places with open reservations on Opentable I'd go with:

701 - lots of times, classic American cuisine, I think I said upthread it was kind of date place, but it's classy with good food (quail, get the proscuitto-wrapped quail), live piano, and a nice wine list

Bibiana - 6:30 or 9, great Italian, downtown location, fairly new, reputation for great desserts

Corduroy - 6:30 or 8:30p, very, very well-reviewed American cuisine; everyone that goes here seems to love it. Close to The Passenger, which serves up great custom cocktails in a hipster-like bar with a very mixed crowd, if you like that kind of thing

Proof - 9:30, but otherwise *perfect* - excellent food, variety of options of small or large plates, stellar wine selection, even by the glass

Having said all that, if someone wanted to take me to CityZen, I would not complain at ALL. But I would go to the four places listed above over Blue Duck, even though I love the chicken and apple pie at Blue Duck.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Celebratory Dinner in D.C for NJ/NYC hound....and more

Misplaced post.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Ko

Just wanted to mention that this went about how I expected. Okay. Nothing great. Paid extra for fresh wasabi only to find fake wasabi underneath my fish on my nigiri (tuna, zuke (marinated tuna, and shrimp) anyway. Rolls (tuna, jalepeno, cilantro and asparagus and red pepper) were kind of sloppy and falling apart.

Also, the soy sauce tasted kind of salty and weak. Overall, I liked Kaz a lot better - the selection at Kaz was much better, too. Honestly, since I live really close to Buddha Bar I often get sushi there since it's convenient and I like their sushi a lot better, although I think it does cost more.

My vodka/ginger/lemonade cocktail was great. The beef tenderloin skewer we had was fantastic also, and the edamame was perfectly done and well-salted. Not really digging the atmosphere of the Friendship Heights location. Might be more fun if I sat at the sushi counter.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Three-day weekend in D.C.

The owners of Proof recently opened up a tapas restaurant - Estadio - on the 14th St corridor that is, IMHO, absolutely amazing. I would definitely highly recommend it. Or Proof itself, also, if you're looking for an excellent wine list. For French, there is always Citronelle, if you're looking to take things up a notch from Central, or Marcel's, Robert Wiedmaier's flagship restaurant for French/Belgian (a lot of people here like his other restaurant, Brasserie Beck, quite a bit, but I would personally go with other options unless you are crazy into belgian beer).

For Italian, I should mention that Roberto Donna opened Gallileo III recently also, but reviews have been mixed. There is a recent Post review, but as the reviewer mentions, he did not manage to be anonymous: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

I'd eat shellfish, seafood, organ meats, etc. without reservation at all of these places, and Bibiana, which was recently opened by Ahok Bajaj, one of the most successful restauranteurs (some would say THE most successful) in the DC metro area. There was a thread around here recently from someone who called and found that they were more than willing to put together a chef's tasting menu for their party, also, and it looked like that was worth looking into.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Three-day weekend in D.C.

If the Italian theme isn't accidental, check out Bibiana. Otherwise, there are so many options that you'd probably need to narrow down what you're looking for somewhat.

Apr 29, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch recommendations for next Sunday in DC?

Rasika. No doubt in my mind. Park over by 4th St - the further east you go from the restaurant the easier parking will be, although there are plenty of garages close by that area also. Make your reservation NOW. It'll be a little tight with the budget, but I think you can make it work. The atmosphere is really nice, also.

Another suggestion is Kushi - Izukaya and sushi, supposedly some of the best sushi in the city. Might be a little tough for vegetarian options. Really cool, bustling atmosphere. There is garage parking right below the restaurant, but I live right over there and free street parking is abundant also on Massachusetts and H St.

Apr 28, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

what to get at birch & barley?

Ah, okay. I've only been on Saturday and, also, after my first visit, I always request one of the tables in the room by the kitchen.

This place single-handedly converted my husband to the idea of spending money on restaurants besides steakhouses, something no Jose Andres restaurant, Proof, Estadio, Dino, Cashion's, J&G, etc. ever managed to do before (which is not to say that my experiences at those places weren't good, just that they didn't mean my husband's - arguably unenlightened - "I'd rather have a rib-eye" test, for whatever that is worth to you).

Apr 28, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

what to get at birch & barley?

Oooh, that sucks. Whenever I see reviews like this I get nervous that this will happen to me the next time I go there.

Sounded like a lot of things were indicative of a not-so-great prep cook....OTOH, the only I've had that you had is, I think, the ricotta cavatelli with pulled pork, which was not stew-like when I had it. The tartare I had when I was there - which was awesome - was a fluke and tuna tartare, which doesn't appear on the tasting menu anymore either. Really too bad that your bread was only okay - that's usually a highlight there. Can I ask what day of the week it was?

FYI, you probably already know this, but if you just want beer and charcuterie, both are available upstairs at Churchkey.

Apr 28, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Romantic Steak dinner?

The best steak I've had in the District was the porterhouse at Capitol Grille. OTOH, I hated Ruth's Chris, but it seems like the one in Penn Quarter is particularly bad. And we spent a *ton* of $$$ at Cap Grille - more like $400, with wine, tip, etc.

I really, really like J&G also - just request one of the booths. Skip the steak sauce though. Might be a nice option for you because the non-steak apps, salads, desserts (salted caramel sundae, mmmm) are stellar and the atmosphere is fantastic. You get to skip the line up to POV lounge for an after-dinner drink with an amazing view, also.

I actually cancelled a reservation I had for Prime Rib for my husband's birthday and went elsewhere after seeing some not-so-great reviews regarding the service. I guess I'll check out what people have said here and think twice about that.

Apr 28, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recommendation for CSA with following preferences in mind?

Haven't roasted it yet, but I'll let you know after this weekend.

The quality of the mushrooms is always good, IMO - I was out of town a lot last week and had to cancel my box so I didn't get the shiitakes. Boo.

One thing I have really loved were these carrots a few weeks back. They looked like they were straight out of the shire and they were awesome in the creamy carrot casserole I made from the recipe on this site.

I will try the bison and mozzarella. I like ordering their milk and eggs because they're much fresher than what you can get in a grocery store and can hang out a lot longer before they go bad.

Apr 27, 2011
Raids in Washington DC & Baltimore