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Blue Duck - stikl good?

Was there in mid-January for a Sunday brunch, and it was terrific. The food and the service both
were excellent. I was with 4 other people and it was so comfortable we stayed for several hours. Haven't been for a dinner, but will definitely give it a try soon.

High Tea in DC

A friend of mine and her 93 year old mother will be visiting from Florida this week, and I'd like to take them to a nice tea somewhere. I've heard the Willard is very good, but it is also a bit pricey for me, since it's my treat. What about the Hay-Adams or anywhere else? I know Blue Duck does a tea. Anyone been to that? The only requirement is that there is either valet parking or an easy drop-off place so the 93 year old doesn't have to walk far. Many thanks.

Richmond - Chez Foushee

A friend and I went away for a girls' weekend to Richmond. The first night we were there we had dinner at Chez Foushee, and it really was wonderful. We had gotten to our hotel (Linden Row Inn) late on a Friday after a crummy drive from DC, but we were able to get an 8:30 table at Chez Foushee.

It was such a pleasant, tranquil, relaxing experience with terrific food, and a wonderful wait staff. The interior of the restaurant is absolutely lovely. Our table, with a single votive, was toward the back of the restaurant on a platform with 2 or 3 other tables. The platform was surrounded by wrought iron, which made it a charming little deck with which to view the entire restaurant. The music was hip without being loud, and, although the restaurant had plenty of people when we first got there, the decibel level was low.

My friend and I shared a pork and shrimp potsticker appetizer, had green salads with blue cheese dressing, and then we each ordered the $29 sirloin. Loved that the sirloin came simply with a fan of mashed potatoes and about a dozen lightly-sauteed French-cut green beans.

We each had several glasses of a server-recommended Cabernet, and finished off the evening with a VSOP (instead of dessert). The restaurant was closing by the time we were finishing dinner, but we never once felt rushed, and were even able to enjoy an extra glass of wine at the bar as the restaurant wound-down. It must have only been about 11:00 when we finally left.

Feb 23, 2011
sjm54 in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for a Weekend's Worth of Eatieries in Richmond

Thank you everyone for the great suggestions!

Feb 07, 2011
sjm54 in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for a Weekend's Worth of Eatieries in Richmond

A friend and I will be in Richmond for 2 nights and 2 days. Looking for casual places to eat near the historic district, and a nice restaurant for a Saturday dinner. Is Chez Lafouchee recommended by anyone? And, what about TJ's in the Jefferson Hotel. Thank you!

Feb 04, 2011
sjm54 in Mid-Atlantic

Monocacy Crossing

My husband and I and another couple had a wonderful dinner last night at Monocacy Crossing. We've been looking for a place to eat that is close to our home in Montgomery Village/Gaithersburg as this area isn't particularly rife with above-average restaraunts.

Monocacy Crossing is a country restuarant with sophisticated tastes. Located on Rt. 355, and about a 30 minute drive from Gaithersburg, it's country charm belies an impressive wine selection and a Chef educated at the CIA.

Our dinner party enjoyed: Garlic and Herb topped Beef Medallions wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Grilled New York Strip Steak with Shallot Butter, and Pork Tenderloin with Sage-Cider Sauce and Scalloped Potatoes. All were delicious and served with mashed potatoes with just a hint of garlic, and braised asparagus.

The atmosphere was friendly, with a row of pillar candles along one side of the dining room we were in, and the service was excellent, There is an outdoor seating area as well that would be a wonderful spot for weather-permitting meals.

Monocacy Crossing
4424 Urbana Pike A, Frederick, MD 21701

Thanksgiving in Baltimore - No Buffet!

Thank you. So, the Ambassador Dining Room is the one where the waiters wear tuxedos? I don't think we want Indian food, although it's good to know that Baltimore has good Indian restaurants. What about Windows? Or something like that? Is that on the top floor of the WTC? I guess by "elegant" I meant not a McCormick & Schmicks or Rusty Scupper. I see there is a Morton's in Baltimore...

Thanksgiving in Baltimore - No Buffet!

My husband and I will be spending Thanksgiving in Baltimore and we're looking for a dinner recommendation. It doesn't have to be a restaurant serving turkey and trimmings, and we definitely don't want a buffet. Just a nice, elegant, meal that has a decent martini and wine list. Thank you!

[Myrtle Beach]

What's the nicest restaurant in Mrytle Beach? A foodie restaurant.Either steak or seafood (or both) or something new and completely different. Thank you! I'll be a first time visitor to MB in November.

Oct 09, 2007
sjm54 in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach

My husband and I will be visiting our daughter in MB over Thanksgiving, and we're looking for a nice restaurant for our Thanksgiving dinner. By nice, I mean Morton's nice, or along those lines in seafood. Good ambience of course and the usual. We're from DC. Thank you!

Oct 01, 2007
sjm54 in General South Archive

Too late for Xmas Eve Dinner Out?

At the last minute my husband and I thought it would be nice to eat out on Xmas Eve. I don't even know if we can get reservations now, but what are recommendations for places in DC or the Maryland (Bethesda area) 'burbs. Thank you!