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Casual, Not-Expensive Dining for 20-35 people in Rockville/N. Bethesda on Friday night?

Thanks, but some of the older folks probably won't want to venture beyond burgers, sandwiches, etc. (Yes, I can't imagine how things will be for them at Jaleo on Saturday. I may need to sneak in a few corned beef sandwiches..)

Casual, Not-Expensive Dining for 20-35 people in Rockville/N. Bethesda on Friday night?

Thanks! Maybe Matchbox will work. Tower Oaks didn't have availability.

Casual, Not-Expensive Dining for 20-35 people in Rockville/N. Bethesda on Friday night?

Thanks. We're at Jaleo for lunch on Saturday. I think a 12-18 burger/sandwich/entrée range would be great for Friday dinner. Most of the people are not foodies, though I know and accept that a few will complain. That's just how it goes.

Casual, Not-Expensive Dining for 20-35 people in Rockville/N. Bethesda on Friday night?

Thanks for the suggestions. Our house is tiny and isn't very close to the events (we're in Wheaton). After people have come from fairly long distances, we don't want to make them drive a lot more.

Silver Diner said they couldn't offer anything because Friday night is so busy. I'm not a fan of Ledo in the few times I've been, but the Westlake (Montgomery Mall) store gets better reviews than most of the other Ledo places.

Casual, Not-Expensive Dining for 20-35 people in Rockville/N. Bethesda on Friday night?

I realize that we're drawing a lot of limitations, especially for this geographic area, but we're trying to find an adequate (i.e., not terrible) place for 20-35 people on a Friday night that won't break the bank. Friends and relatives are coming into town for a celebration on Saturday, and we'd like to take them out on Friday night, but we don't want the Friday night dinner to cost more than the Saturday celebration.

Thanks for any suggestions within a few miles of North Bethesda (aka where Rockville and Bethesda meet). I've never been to Ledo near the Montgomery Mall, but that would be extremely convenient if it's not terrible.

Restaurant seating 100 plus dance space (for bat mitzvah)?

Lots of good ideas, which are appreciated. We won't do Chima simply because we've found out that a boy in her class has his bar mitzvah there the week after our daughter's bat mitzvah.

We are looking at lunch, not dinner. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

Thanks for all the input!

Restaurant seating 100 plus dance space (for bat mitzvah)?

In November our daughter will be a bat mitzvah. We're looking for restaurants within 30 minutes (max) of the Bethesda/Rockville area that can seat up to 110 people while still offering a small dance area.

Our daughter prefers Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Japanese foods. The only foods she has said she really doesn't want are Chinese and Italian, which limits the search somewhat. I should mention that we don't want to make the event ridiculously expensive because we don't have the money to do so.

We are going to look at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville and Jackie's in Silver Spring. From here, I've read about Tysons Corner's Clyde's as a possibility. We've also considered Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda. (Jaleo Bethesda might be a possibility, but I think we'd have to rent the whole restaurant if we have 110 seated diners, which would likely be cost-prohibitive.)

Anyone have other ideas that would work with these parameters?

Thanks very much.

Restaurants in San Sebastian for us and a 9-year old on Monday and Tuesday?

My daughter and I share a similar sense of humor, so I don't mind at all.

Try this link for an interesting summary of lots of San Sebastian eating (and the photo): http://thepleasuremonger.wordpress.co.... The description and picture of "Dove..." is about a quarter way down the page. If that doesn't work, you could just use the .com address and on the front page, top right (just below a twitter bird) is a link to her San Sebastian culinary adventures. Thanks for the mention of the book on A Fuego Negro; we would probably all like reading/looking at it if we can get a copy.

Until your message, I hadn't considered trying a ferme auberge, but it sounds like a great idea if we can work one into our schedule.

I'll look forward to any Athens info you might have. I can't yet refer to my daughter as a "foodie," unlike your son, but in a few years I think she'll be there. At least she's adventurous and willing to try just about anything excelt lamb. They're too cute.

Feb 12, 2011
torncalfguy in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in San Sebastian for us and a 9-year old on Monday and Tuesday?

Thank you for the comment. We're definitely planning on a surprise trip to Monte Igueldo for the roller coaster and the view. We almost stayed at Leku Eder nearby, but we thought it would be more convenient to be in walking distance from La Concha and all the restaurants.

Thank you for the suggestions. Everyone comments on the restaurants, but a little info on the pastry and sweets shops is always good to know!

Feb 11, 2011
torncalfguy in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in San Sebastian for us and a 9-year old on Monday and Tuesday?

Hello Alete/GM (as I see the picture is the same, even if the name isn't). Yes, it's odd that we'd be doing the same trip in reverse. Maybe you can tell us of finds in Athens and we can tell you of something in Sarlat! A Fuego Negro has some picture-worthy concoctions. If they still have it, I think my daughter is interested in something called, "Dove. Shot. Pum!" It's a small pigeon breast made to look as if it has been hit with silver bullets [edible] with blood splatter [plum juice, I believe]. Somewhat revolting and somewhat amusing, but here's a picture of the plate: http://thepleasuremonger.files.wordpr.... I'd try the salad where you shake a hard ball with salad and the dressing explodes within the ball. Then I guess you open it up and eat. Cepa seems like a good Monday bet.

I've probably spent a month looking at travel sites and blogs for a trip that will be 16 days. I think this is part of the fun of it, though no one in my family would proabably agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for the suggestions.

By the way, our trip is more of a whirlwind, simply because we don't know when/if we'll be able to do this again. We're also visiting Paris and Strasbourg a few days each before heading down to the Dordogne.

Feb 11, 2011
torncalfguy in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in San Sebastian for us and a 9-year old on Monday and Tuesday?

Thanks for the response. My nine-year old daughter will be fine bar hopping and trying new foods (and we'll be very happy to do it). Between the market and the menu del dia, I'm sure we'll find some good food. We are definitiely not looking for fancy--just tasty.

And if you have any recommendations for Bilbao (pintxos or not), we're all ears. We'll only be there for a Wednesday. We'll look at the outside of the Guggenheim and give a short visit to the Fine Arts Museum, which will be free when we're there (Wednesday). Otherwise, more pintxos and old city walking.

We're probably going to too many places for the amount of time we have (we're going to Strasbourg, Paris, Dordogne sites, and northern Spain over 2 weeks before going to Athens for 3 days), but we'll just have to make the most of it.

Jan 21, 2011
torncalfguy in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in San Sebastian for us and a 9-year old on Monday and Tuesday?

We're taking a trip to France and planned to go to San Se before going to Bilbao for 1 day before taking a flight from Bilbao.

I don't see our daughter enjoying standing at pintxo bars, but I'm not sure whether kids even go to the bars. If kids go, we'd bring her for a short stop or two or three. This may not be an issue, as so many places are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

So here's my challenge: Where can the family go from Monday afternoon through Wednesday late morning that would be good for a family (2 adults and the kid) and not super-expensive? Although my daughter would not like standing and eating for a long time, in fairnerness to her, she is an adventurous eater. Of course, we could go to the market, pick up meats and cheeses and take a picnic near/at the beach or Mount Igueldo. The market looks fun.

We don't plan to have a rental car, but we could take one if places outside the city would be open or if recommended for sightseeing. We could also skip San Sebastian, stay in southwest France and then travel to Bilbao for one day before our early morning flight.

I realize that our timing is not great for San Sebastian restaurants, but our flight from Bilbao is set. Thanks for any suggestions.

Jan 20, 2011
torncalfguy in Spain/Portugal