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The Earle Ann Arbor

I was told that a number of restaurants close for Art Fair (especially the higher end ones) because so few people eat there---most people are eating the street food, not a sit down meal. Also getting their workers into the restaurant, dealing with parking etc just might not be worth it.

I thought it was counter-intuitive as well but a number of restauranteurs told me otherwise. We went to Slurping Turtle on Friday during Art Fair and were able to walk right in (which is great because it's usually a long wait. Chef Takashi was actually there that night!).

Jul 20, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

I went to Jaleo for the first time when I was on my first trip to DC with my parents around the age of 14 and I loved it. This was many years ago :)

Jul 15, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

This is exactly the type of thing I use to do with my dad when I was a kid and it was awesome! For French bistro cuisine you should check out Le Diplomate (a short cab ride or walk from Dupont Circle). The food is delicious but I also think your daughter (and you) will dig the vibe of this very popular restaurant. Lots of good people watching and you might even run into a DC celebrity (aka the VP or a reporter for MSNBC).

For seafood you might like Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle. Great New England style seafood (something different than Dallas) and outdoor seating in nice weather.

You also might like the Italian-American small plates at Graffiato in Chinetown. If your daughter watches Top Chef she'll think this place is cool since it's owned by Mike Isabella.

Jul 15, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kenyan Food at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

What restaurant was supplying the Chinese food tent?

Jul 07, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Saugatuck---anything new?

We are heading to Saugatuck tonight for the 4th of July weekend. We've been a few times before. We are checking out some of our usual favorites: Salt of the Earth, Lucy's Little Kitchen, Hercules. We are also going to try Fennville Station for the first time.

Anything else new that we should be checking out for lunch or dinner?

Jul 03, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

I'm not sure if they ship to New Zealand but Mitten Crate is a cool option: http://www.mittencrate.com/

Also a basket of jams and spreads from American Spoon would be a good gift.

Or you could call Zingerman's and see if they can put together a gift box of items made in Michigan for you.

All of this will cost a lot of money with shipping I bet but it could be a fun gift!

Jul 02, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

fun DC restaurant for English guests

If it's actual Mexican food you are looking for then go to Casa Oaxaca. It's probably the best you are going to get in the city----the mole is really good.

Jun 30, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

fun DC restaurant for English guests

Unfortunately Tex-Mex is also rarely done well in DC.

Jun 30, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need help with my last pick ...

When you say neighborhoody and intimate I think of Cashion's Eat Place in Adams Morgan. It's a wonderful restaurant with great food and a nice, intimate setting.

Jun 30, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

fun DC restaurant for English guests

How about some place with Southern cuisine like Acadiana or Art and Soul?

Jun 26, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

best restaurant near 6th & I DC

There are a lot of options in that area but some of my favorites are Graffiato, Rasika, and Jaleo.

Jun 24, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Late Night (after 10:30) Dinner

Glad it worked out. Le Diplomat is one of my favorite restaurants in DC so you made a wise decision. Please report back and let us know what you think.

Jun 18, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Has anyone tried Pickles and Rye yet? [Suburban Detroit]

Ugh! This lackluster review worries me because the fact that they have wi-fi is a MAJOR bonus for them in my book. I work from the suburbs about once a week and love the opportunity to have a working lunch. Steve's and Stage don't have wifi.

Jun 18, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Has anyone tried Pickles and Rye yet? [Suburban Detroit]

We decided not to try out P&R yesterday and instead grabbed lunch at Stage. The service was great...has been very good the past few times I've been.

Jun 18, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Late Night (after 10:30) Dinner

Le Diplomat is open until midnight and would be a great place to go after a concert. Excellent french bistro cuisine, lively crowd and in between your concert space and hotel location.

You might want to make a reservation though to guarantee a table.

Jun 18, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Has anyone tried Pickles and Rye yet? [Suburban Detroit]

Has anyone tried the new deli Pickles and Rye in West Bloomfiled yet? We already are quite happy with Steve's Deli and Stage Deli but since I'm a huge fan of Jewish delis I thought we might try this new spot.

Yelp (yes I know...) has had quite a few negative reviews, mostly focusing on the service. Wanted to see if anyone here has tried it out yet and how it compares to the other delis in the area.

Thanks!

Jun 17, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Slurping Turtle--Ann Arbor

Not in my experience. If it's a game day and people don't have tickets to the game, they are camping out in the restaurants with tvs. Also a lot of people come to Ann Arbor on game days just to hang out and not necessarily go to the game...at least during big games. This was my first fall in A2 but my husband goes to all the games and I would usually be left to hang out by myself. A lot of the time I would go to a restaurant and if it had tvs it was hard to find a seat.

Jun 13, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

First "Adult Night" dining out dinner

Olives in Boston...before Todd English became a jerk. I remember my parents coming home all the time and telling me about their meals there. So when I finally got to go I was blown away. I had duck and the chocolate souffle for dessert (which you had to order ahead of time and I thought that was so cool).

Jun 13, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC Dinner & Lunch Recommendations

For lunch in Georgetown I would go to Il Canale or Peacock Cafe. Should have something to please everyone at both.

For the other meals it would be good to know if there is some sort of cuisine you are dying to try or something to avoid? Without knowing that Jaleo, Cava, Graffiato, and the Hamilton would all be good choices with kids.

Jun 09, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

One Night in DC

For dinner near Penn Quarter I would recommend Rasika or Jaleo. Amazing cuisine at both (Indian at Rasika and Spanish tapas at Jaleo) I haven't been able to find elsewhere. Both have a good vibe, not to dressy but still nice---you see tourists in jeans and t-shirts or people in suits at both. You can't go wrong with either.

Jun 08, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Estadio Recommendations?

Probably a preference thing. I went with one of my friends and we had a lot of fun just watching the action---but I always like the open kitchen view because I look to see how kitchens work. But I'll agree--like any bar there isn't a ton of space or privacy.

Jun 06, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

breakfast recommendation for weekday near tabbard inn

Haven't been to Tabard Inn for breakfast in quite awhile but I've been for lunch quite a bit and think it's good....especially if you sit outside in the lovely courtyard area.

Cafe Dupont has a pretty good breakfast, also with outdoor seating. I also like La Pain Quitidion for something more casual.

Jun 06, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Estadio Recommendations?

First of all, try to get a seat in front of the bar with the open kitchen. It's a lot of fun to watch them make the dishes. I think their tortilla espanola is the best in the city, so that's a must try. I also remember really liking their grilled octopus when I was there awhile ago. And there was a cooked spinach salad that was delicious.

Jun 06, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Last minute ideas for a date-night reservation?

I saw a number of good reservations on OpenTable/CityEats for Saturday: Ambar, Boqueria, Casa Oaxaca, Daikaya, Ethiopic, Graffiato, Mourayo, Cava Mezze, Kapnos. These are all great options and would give you a fun night out.

Jun 05, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Expand this list to 25? AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 DC RESTAURANTS

I would add in Jaleo for Spain, Daikaya for Japan, Le Diplomate for France, and Kapnos or Mourayo for Greece. And personally I would go to Etete for Ethiopia but I know that's always a big battle on this site.

Jun 02, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mission Mexican Restaurant Opening in Dupont

I realize I never replied after finally going a few months ago. I was really happy with my fish tacos. I thought they were very, very good. Our waiter did fairly well considering we were a loud, boisterous group that kept on ordering margaritas. A few of my friends ordered some items other than the tacos (I think the enchiladas) and they weren't as thrilled with their meal.....truth be told they asked for the waiters recs and then ordered something different.

The margaritas could have been stronger but as far as fish tacos go these were mighty good.

May 25, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

New G Street Foods in McPherson Square

Oh this is really exciting! I'm going to be staying in the McPhearson Square area for a work trip in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll have time to check it out.

May 25, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Finds in DC Metro area

I would love to see all the various ingredients that go into the Palak Chat at Rasika. It's certainly not flying under the radar but there has to be about 20 ingredients in there and I can only really identify about 6 of them.

May 21, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Freaking Memorial Day Lunch/Brunch

You could try Ethiopian---either Etete or Ethiopic. Also check to see if Rasika is open for lunch on Monday. At their West End location you could sit outside if the weather is nice. Definitely unique and some of the best food you'll find in DC.

Another option would be lunch at Jaleo. Again you can sit outside. Jose Andres is a Washington institution and Jaleo is his original (and best) restaurant.

May 21, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Free Meeting Room At Restaurant?

Check with Busboys and Poets. They've done this for my org before but we were much more than 10 people.

May 20, 2014
Elyssa in Washington DC & Baltimore