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Eating for 2 Days in Annapolis/Easton/St.Michael's area???

208 Talbot in St. Michael's and The Inn at Tilghman Island, up the road.

Aug 22, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Il Punto - Near Javits

DC Hound here. Was in town for two nights and per usual, turned to this Board for recs. I ended up dining both nights at Il Punto (corner of 38th and 9th). Best bolognese and homemade pasta (orrichette) I've had since I was in Italy. And their salad with fresh berries, tomatoes, walnuts and honey vinagrette was heavenly. All in all fresh, creative and authentic Italian, not to mention friendly, attentive service to a lone diner.

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Il Punto
507 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

May 27, 2010
Meg in Manhattan

DC Hound Needs Rec for Casual Business Dinner or Tapas in Union Square Vicinity

$50 - $60 pp. including drinks. Just don't want fancy or frilly.

A colleague recommended the Grandview Restaurant at the top of the Grand Hyatt. Says the food is very good and the view....well, it's grand. Thoughts?

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Grandviews
345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Apr 20, 2010
Meg in San Francisco Bay Area

DC Hound Needs Rec for Casual Business Dinner or Tapas in Union Square Vicinity

Planning a business dinner from afar and looking for help from my fellow Hounds.

For 10 - 20 people staying at the Hilton Union Square.

Criteria:

- Great food
- Memorable, comfortable atmosphere
- A low enough decibel level to carry on a conversation
- Can be a sit down or in a lounge area with drinks and tapas
- Looking to impress, but don't want formal or fancy

TIA

Apr 19, 2010
Meg in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner near Meyerhoff?

Went to Woodberry Kitchen after a show at the Meyerhoff last month and can't wait to return. Not walking distance, but only about a 10 minute drive. Exceptional service, creative and well executed menu all with a great vibe. It's the only 'farm to table' organic restaurant I've been to that really pulls it off. It's not just about feeling good it's about having your palate be extremely satisfied.

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

Apr 14, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Colonial Williamsburg Dining

The Trellis is in the process of being taken over by new management - that of the Blue Talon Bistro. The expectation in town is high.

Feb 11, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Colonial Williamsburg Dining

Of all the historic restaurants in the colonial area, Kings Arms is the best, and I speak from recent experience. It's better than it's been in years. And by no means theme parkish. For fine dining - the Fat Canary and for great casual fare the Blue Talon Bistro (both in Merchant's Square). The bar at the Williamsburg Inn is nice, but wouldn't recommend dining there. If you want other recs (outside of the colonial area) search the board for posts from last year. I remember writing several! Enjoy and please report back.

Jan 20, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bravo's Italian Bistro - Fairfax - anyone been?

Drove by last weekend and it's been replaced by a Sports bar. Forget the name. Bravo's was decent Italian but nothing special.. Never understood how they stayed in business. Now I know.

Jan 04, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner near Meyerhoff?

This string has been very helpful. We're headed to an upcoming symphony and needed dinner recs. Bistro B looks like it fits the bill, but when I call the number listed on their website, there's no answer and no voice mail, just incessant beeps.

Are they still around?

Jan 04, 2010
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mexican food

No, couldn't get past the pupusas!

Dec 30, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mexican food

LOVE their pupusas. They are right off of the W&OD trail. When I was training for an event last year, every weekend I would strategically plan to finish at their doorstep!

Dec 29, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any places I am missing in Loudoun County?

A bit further out is Hunter's Head (Upperville) and Girasole (The Plains). Technically Faquier County, I think, but on the verge of Loudoun.

Dec 28, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Frederick Maryland

If we lived in Frederick, Firestone's would be our regular haunt. Terrific bar and restaurant. Have had lunch and dinner there in the past 6 months and both were outstanding.

Nov 21, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Middleburg, VA Eats

Hmmm, I hadn't noticed that, and we've been going for years. Though we primarily order of the Pub menu which thankfully hasn't changed.

Nov 15, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Middleburg, VA Eats

Drive about 10 miles beyond Middleburg to the next town on Rt. 50, Upperville, and stop at the only restaurant in town, Hunter's Head Tavern, for lunch/dinner and/or just bread and drinks! (I swear they make the best bread and butter plate on the planet). Their fish and chips are awesome, as are their bangers, guiness stew, and pot pie, to name a few. If it's a nice day enjoy the patio. It's modeled after a traditional English pub and all of the food is organic, raised on the owner's farm about a mile away. She also owns the Middleburg Butcher ship (in the Old Bank building) which is also worth a stop. Besdies, the drive there is beautiful. And you can admire the gorgeous stone church in town that Mr. Mellon had built for his daughter's wedding (!). Enjoy and please report back! Anxious to hear new reports from the Goodstone.

Nov 12, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

"cheap eats" lunch for one near Fair Oaks Mall, weekday (NOVA)

Avoid the chinese bar at Wegman's. It has sucked me in multiple times and I'm always dissapointed. I've vowed never again!

Oct 13, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wu's Garden in Vienna--Any Good?

I missed the write-up in the Post, but apparently no one else did. With no food in the house Friday night and a craving for Chinese we decided to hit Wu's - our local go to spot. For the first time ever, the parking lot was packed. We had to wait for a spot. The restaurant is massive and still had a line almost out the door for a table! It was nice to see, as we're usually one of a handful of tables. So we took the opportunity to try East Chateau down the road in Vienna (next to Born and MacGruders). What a treat! Look forward to going back, extremely high quality chinese (with Mongolian twists) in a friendly but calming setting.

Oct 12, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wu's Garden in Vienna--Any Good?

We love Wu's. I wouldn't travel from afar for it, but we happen to live up the road. Nothing will knock your socks off, but they do everything well. It's definitely more on the chinese end of chinese-american. Food aside, the other big attractions are the friendly home-style service and the atmosphere. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it's one of the few authentic Chinese restaurants left. I find it a real treat.

Oct 07, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Five Super Supermarkets

The Safeway at PanAm shopping center (29 and Nutley) reopened last weekend. It was already a nice store but wow have they spruced it up. Bordering on a specialty store now. I grew up in this area and never liked Safeways. But much prefer this one over any local Giant (much better than the 'super' giant in Oakton). Check it out if you're in the area. It's a great happy medium without the exorbitant prices at Balduccis. I buy everything but meat there, which we always get at Costco.

Sep 23, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mtn. Top Inn, Chittenden, VT

Just got back from a week's stay at the Mtn. Top Inn and Resort in the little town of Chittenden, between Rutland and Killington. Went for the horseback riding and scenery but were astonished at how impressive the food was. Breakfast was good, nothing special, but lunches and dinners were phenomenal. Whether we ate in the tavern or the main dining room, from soups to sandwiches to entrees, everything we ordered was not just delicious, but creative. To boot, we were one of only three couples there most of the week, so were expecting leftovers from the wedding the weekend prior, but not the case The kitchen pulls out the stops no matter the number of guests. And for being practically in the middle of nowhere the seafood was surprisingly fresh. In fact, the salmon and calamari preparations were some of the best we've ever had. We're from DC and eat out alot, at some of the more reputable places in town. So we take our food seriously. The Inn's chef (Shawn Casey I think is his name) deserves big kudos. If you're a local, the Inn is worthy of your patronage, whether it's a burger in the tavern (though I recommend the French Dip!) or a more formal meal in their rustic but elegant main dining room. If you're a tourist, it's worth a drive. Though the accomodations and staff are wonderful, so I can also highly recommend the Inn as a destination.

Sep 13, 2009
Meg in All New England Archive

St. Michaels area for fine dining etc...

Highly recommend 208 Talbots, even over the dining room at the Inn.

Great food and a nice, romantic atmosphere - completely non-stuffy.

Aug 18, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Semi-romantic dinner in northern Virginia/DC

I second 219 for an after dinner stop. Nothing like it around. Quaint and authentic.

Aug 12, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bread - The Real Thing - in Fairfax

As a fan of hearty, artisan bread with that hard to find thick, crunchy crust, and an avid supporter of small, local businesses, I have to share. Turns out that there are 3 entrepreneurial young men working the grave yard shift at my favorite haunt (Rosemary's Thyme Bistro) baking organic bread from scratch. They use Rosemary's wood-burning pizza oven, so can only work when the restaurant's dark.

Think of it as a bread rather than a veggie co-op. They bake once a week for their pre-registered customers who pick up their bread on Tuesdays (there are two different sized loaves - large and massive!). One of the baker's is from Charlottesville and one from Richmond...they take the warm chewy bread 'home' first thing Tuesday morning to their local customers .

These guys are passionate about their work and have great respect for the historic art of authentic bread-making. They call the bread "Sub Rosa," or 'under the rose,' the latin term for secrecy.

No website yet, but if you're interested, their email is subrosabread@gmail.com.

I bought one of those expensive blocks of real European salted butter about a month ago and had been saving it for a special occassion. Last night with my first loaf of 'sub rosa' fit the bill, and ohhhhhh was it heavenly. I was temporarily transported across the pond!

Aug 12, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seeking great local food on the Eastern Shore

Haven't been but hear great things about Mason's in Easton, next to the Inn, and I think it fits your bill.

Aug 12, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

NoVA CSA

Where will you be in NoVA? I'm a member of one with a Falls Church pick-up. If it will be convenient I can share the email address of the organizer with you (it's just starting up and is pretty small).

Aug 07, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Coffee shop (+bookstore, a bonus) worthy of whiling the day away (NoVa or DC)

She's a regular at the U st. busyboys and poets. Thanks for the Tryst rec.

Though had a change in plans and need somewhere closer to Tysons in the NoVa Fairfax area. Any other suggestions? TIA

Aug 06, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Coffee shop (+bookstore, a bonus) worthy of whiling the day away (NoVa or DC)

Treating my girlfriend to a "day of decadence" for her bday this Saturday. She just moved here from AK, the land of authentic coffee houses. PLEASE where can we go to relax in comfy chairs, sip cappucino's in a warm atmosphere with lots of character? I live in Tysons, she's in DC. Open to anywhere in a 30 minute radius. Thank you!

Aug 05, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Seafood in/around Easton, MD?

Had fabulous fresh seafood at the Inn at Tilghman Island, about 25 minutes ( I think) from Easton.

Aug 05, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

how did i miss "slade's" closing in tyson's?

What replaced Slades?

Jul 17, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore

St. Michael's Lunch on the Water

I second 208 Talbot. Or for a spot on the water just outside of St. Michael's try Tilghman Island Inn. Had a fantastic seafood dinner there on New Year's Eve. More expensive than the Crab Claw but MUCH better. TII is a local's spot. SO, shhh, don't tell anyone...

Jul 15, 2009
Meg in Washington DC & Baltimore