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places worth stopping between DC and Chilhowie

i am late to responding, but the story is too good. we went in december about the time i posted and i really wanted to try town house and it was the one weekend it worked for all schedules. I was 9 months pregnant and it was a bad snow storm and i still made my husband go...while we made it safely, we shouldn't have made the trip that weekend. There were multiple trucks jack knifed on 81 and it took us 6 hours. But hey kept the place open just for us because they knew we were coming from DC. we stayed at their little 4 bedroom guest house about 10 minutes from the restaurant which was absolutely so quaint and really thoughtfully appointed. it was an extraordinary meal. and while the time timing was crazy i am glad that we got to try it before they closed.

Best Tomato Soup

Tonight feels like a grilled cheese and tomato soup night...where do you think has the best tomato soup in the DC area?

Best steak dinner - DC

IMHO Charlie Palmer's is good...it is a slightly modern take on a steak place, i actually think that the seafood is better than their steaks. Bourbon is totally overpriced and just meh. I love BLT, but it may be for the popovers and tuna tartare than for their steaks, which are really good but expensive! I still havent been to the Prime Rib...and that is probably because as most on this board point out, if we want a steak, we go to Ray's. they simply do good meat and solid sides (although the wine list still needs to build).

*i also really like del campo for meat. i found myself delighted by unexpected things throughout the meal.

Non-fussy but amazing food and wine for a birthday dinner

Pan good point on the wine...ok...let's say just food without wine about 100-125 per person. We have been to Daniel (great but too fussy for this dinner), Babbo (and lupa and otto), Le Bernardin(too much), Le Cirque, Momofuku Ssam( too cramped), MaPeche, Cafe Boulud, Grammercy Tavern, Jean Georges, Bouley, Craft, Aquavit (hated), union square cafe, Blathazar, Les Halles,

Oct 01, 2012
JPinDC in Manhattan

Non-fussy but amazing food and wine for a birthday dinner

i am looking for a place for a birthday dinner for my husband's birthday with a few friends. There will probably be 6 of us. I want a comfortable place we can linger and laugh and have great food and wine and not feel like they are just trying to turn the table. I am happy to go anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn. We are pretty open to various types of cuisine. We have been to several of the top line places in the city and would be great to try someplace new. Ideally I would like to get out for less than 200 per person.

Sep 30, 2012
JPinDC in Manhattan

places worth stopping between DC and Chilhowie

we are taking a roadtrip down the Chilhowie to go to Town House for our anniversary...and yes it is a 6 hour drive. any places between dc and the southern va that would be worth a stop on the way, or on the way back?

Lunch in Orange, VA Around Montpelier

Family is in town and we are going down to see the new restoration at Montpelier. Looking for a good sit-down place for lunch for a group of 8-10 people in a 15 mile radius of Orange, VA. we would prefer not to go south into Charlottesville. I know that there is good food in this area...just don't know where.

Ray's the Classics or something like it

We have friends coming in town and want to take them out for good food, but in a more relaxed setting. No Citronelle, CityZen, Le Paradou, no Steakhouses...I was thinking Ray's the Classics, but am not sure if it has reopened yet. Does anyone know? or have any other good ideas?

Bombay Curry Company in Del Ray

Bombay Curry Company is my favorite Indian place in the whole area. Sunday Brunch is the best deal anywhere...and delicious.

For my birthday last year we did a meal made of my favorite all time foods. my husband ordered a big mess of Onion Bahji, Samosas (which are not as good as Food Factory's in Ballston) Naan and the Black Lentils.

Their cilatro chicken kababs are good and the vindaloo is also great. Most recently I have been on a Goan Fish Curry kick. Not a fish person but great flavors going on.

Table for six - four different Penn Quarter Restaurants

I would say Cafe Atlantico, (Minibar seats 6 although they only do 2 seatings and take reservations exactly one month out) Poste, Zola, and Oya . Le Paradou, which is close, is another option.

Small Group Dinner Sunday

I am thinking Upperline, Herbsaint, Cochon, Brigsten's, NOLA or Bourbon House...which if these best meet my earlier stated goals of being solid but not too fancy and good for 10 folks.

Sep 19, 2006
JPinDC in New Orleans

Small Group Dinner Sunday

I am looking for a restaurant in New Orleans with great food and wine list for a group of approx. 10ish folks. Price is not too important but no one will have a coat and tie with them. The food and service don't need to be too precious, but solid. Need a place where we can get reservations. Please help. Thanks.

Sep 19, 2006
JPinDC in New Orleans

Biz Lunch

Having a business lunch today in DC with a discriminating food and wine lover. Deciding between Agraria, DC Coast and Urbana. any thoughts?

One Dinner in Seattle with Parents and In-Laws

YES YES YES!!! That is the best part. We don't care about the atmosphere usually...we are there for the meats. And the parents will just have to go with the flow. I have heard repeatedly that the pork cheek is a must get.

Jul 21, 2006
JPinDC in Pacific Northwest

One Dinner in Seattle with Parents and In-Laws

Yes Harvest Vine...sorry I am a moron before coffee.

Jul 21, 2006
JPinDC in Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Foodie Tour of NYC

Burger Joint is very fun...Per Se is killer, and the atmosphere and vibe is really different than French Laundry. We really enjoyed Hearth also and think that Balthazar's has the best Pomme Frites.

Also thanks to chioubacca for the posting about Famous Dave's

Jul 21, 2006
JPinDC in Manhattan

Ultimate Foodie Tour of NYC

Babbo remains one of our favorite eating experiences ever. Chocokitty is right, it will blow your mind. and it will set the bar for which all other italian and other nice restaurant experiences will have to meet.

Jul 21, 2006
JPinDC in Manhattan

One Dinner in Seattle with Parents and In-Laws

My husband and I are food lovers from the DC area and typically would steer towards fun and adventurous eating experiences, BUT during our very quick upcoming trip to Seattle with both sets of our parents we are looking for something with really good food and an excellent wine list, but a menu that will appeal to everyone, and has a good laid back not-too-pretentious attitude, but with great service. We currently have reservations at Wild Harvest, but since we only have shot at doing a dinner in Seattle, we want it to be good.

As a side note, we will have a car so we are not bound by staying downtown...and we will be going to Salumi for lunch. We have enjoyed Mario Batali's work in NYC so visiting Salumi was non-negotiable.

Jul 21, 2006
JPinDC in Pacific Northwest