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Any recommendations for a mid to high end restaurant that has a decent number of GF / lactose free menu items?

Great places to eat GF anf LF tend to be of the Asian variety as there are lots of rice noodles and rice and not a lot of dairy. I would think that The Source would be able to accommodate you easily, I have eaten there in the past with the same restrictions. But you might need to tell them what type of lactose free he is, for example butter doesn't bother me, it does some people. Also Fiola/Casa Luca has GF pasta and great meat dishes. Dino's Grotto is a place to really easily eat with limitations they have good gf pasta but tons of naturally gf items. Black restaurant group and Jose Andres are also easy places to eat with these restrictions. Normally a call when you are making the reservation is helpful. The worst part tends to be desserts as there aren't many gf, lf desserts. But even Rose's Luxury can accommodate requests like these, they aren't that uncommon these days.

Weekend in D.C. - Lunch and Dinner recomendations

Those are great thoughts you are considering. If you are ok with no reservations, then maybe at Red Hen or Rose's Luxury to the list. Also Union Market might be up your alley. And we went to Dino's Grotto recently and had a great meal.

Business Dinner in Alexandria?

There are a few places where the food isn't the most gourmet, but it is good and it is a great place for a meeting because it tends to be a bit quieter. These are Overwood, Warehouse and Jackson 20. If you are trying to impress a client I would take them to Brabo, Eve or Vermillion.

Thanksgiving for four

I think Blue Duck Tavern would have a great spread for that type of food, it's really up their wheel house. I am sure it is open. If Gypsy Soul weren't so far away from downtown DC, they would rock Thanksgiving. I also think CityZen or Corduroy if they are open would be excellent.

Jose Andres - Restaurants - Would like to try with people from here

I think as people who live here it doesn't seem as big of a draw to us, but I think it is definitely worth eating at least one of his restaurants. I ate at minbar before the price hike and was absolutely blown away, I love every moment of it. I probably won't be back for a long time, but that isn't because it's not great, it just isn't a I need a place for Friday night type of place. But if I could get in and had the cash and hadn't gone, I would go. I think it explains his philosophy and food concepts better than any other restaurant.

My other favorite is Zaytinya only because it has been pretty consistent, but it might not be as wow as DC Jaleo, which I just haven't been to in a while. I've never been to Oyamel, so can't put it on that scale.

Four nights in Alexandria, VA

Great recommendations below. Cathral Armstrong and his restaurant group have a pretty good showing in the area with multiple places that are interesting. Eammons is a fast casual fish and chip place, Restaurant Eve is more high end (but has a bar that I sometimes eat lunch at, they have a great weekday lunch special), Society Fair is a fun place with great cocktails and good food. They also have PX which is quite good for cocktails, Todd Thrasher the mixologist rotates his nights through a couple different places. They also run Vermillion and The Majestic.

For a great beer selection with relaxing food I think Rustico on Slaters lane is a good choice. Also the Del Ray area of Alexandria is a lot of fun, Cheesetique and Taqueria Poblano are my frequent haunts and tend to be on the more casual side. But there are lots of options there.

London Curry House isn't right in town, but has good Indian food. IF you want a bar, like a good bar, I love The Light Horse and their food is pretty tasty too, but for me it's the best bar for just going to a bar in Old Town. Many of the places around here will have seafood on the menu, Hank's Oyster Bar is a good bet if you want specifically seafood though. Getting to Arlington or DC isn't too hard if you feel like venturing out. Oh and there is a free trolley that rolls up and down King Street that is pretty handy.

Early dinner near Folger

I don't know that there is anything that would be walking close if you are mobility limited. Would something a short cab away work? Maybe like Monmartre?

Dinner for 2 for $300 in DC/Northern VA?

By the way on DonRockwell a friend of mine who is allergic to pretty much everything said she arranged, a fairly last minute for the number of allergies she has, a really great meal at CityZen. So they can def do GF.

Place for one night friend meet-up

Not sure if there is a price range in mind, but perhaps District Commons (which is near GWU), Lincoln, Beuchert's Saloon, Casa Luca or Proof? I especially think Proof is very comfortable and convivial.

Restaurant suggestions for DC with friends

Great list Elyssa, I would also add: The Source, CityZen, Corduroy, Oval Room, Brabo, Vermillion.

Dinner for 2 for $300 in DC/Northern VA?

I think CityZen and Fiola Mare (or even Fiola) are good suggestions. And with an advanced call could do Gluten Free well. Blacksalt did a great GF tasting menu for my husband and I. If you didn't mind trying your luck at waiting in line, also Rose's Luxury did GF for our party recently and was very good. You could call one of these and say you have $300 total need GF so make up a tasting menu with wine pairings? I am sure any restaurant would do that. I would also highly recommend the Source, we had a great dinner there recently and about a year ago.

Any good Virginia/Maryland vineyards?

If you are in the Charlottesville area some other wineries for consideration that weren't mentioned above:
Mountfair- only red wines, they tend to be more high tannin wines. We really like their wines and they can tolerate a bit of age well.
White Hall- smaller than Barboursville, but they have some very high quality wines.
King Family Vineyards- this is more all around. I don't think they are AS good as White Hall or Mountfair, but I would probably put it in the Jefferson-Veritas range. It's a great place to relax as there is a lot of space. It's also fun to go on a day when they are playing polo there.
Flying Fox- it's a very small tasting room and very small production, I think they have sold out of a lot of the wines they held for a few years, but I still think they have some good wines.
I haven't been back to Pollack since it first opened and the wines were not good, but my in laws say it has gotten much better and we have had a couple bottles at restaurants we have liked.
If you are going to Jefferson, both Trump and Blenheim are nearby. Again not as good as some of the more exceptional wineries in the area, but a good stop (Blenheim is Dave Matthews winery), Trump has a beautiful view and tasting room.

Charlottesville restaurant scene is booming

We had a great dinner at Public Fish and Oyster. Duners is always a classic, but I think still pretty good. I had a great double cut pork chop at Hamilton's.

If you are going to Barboursville winery or surrounds- a new good place to stop for lunch up there is Stonefire Kitchen. They had great sandwiches on homemade bread with really creative homemade ingredients. They had soups and salads too.

Oct 06, 2014
ktmoomau in Mid-Atlantic
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Looking for restaurants for monthly dinner club (DC)

Some good options above, especially Hill Country. Maybe a pizza place like Pete's or Comet Ping Pong or Red Rocks? Also perhaps Busboys and Poets or Cava?

Good Vietnamese?

They may have been talking about Minh's which is near Georgetown in Clarendon. But I don't think it's the best these days. The other recs you have gotten would be better.

Where can you purchase good ground beef made with quality meat that tastes like steak?

Don't know where you live but the Organic Butcher in McLean if you are out that way.

Help me with my next few days in DC

If Charlie Palmer still has sliders at the bar, that's pretty good bar food. Bistro Bis is the place I would have my better meal at. Hank's Oyster Bar is a little further, but might be worth checking out. Monmartre is a nice little bistro, I don't know if they have a bar, but it isn't a bad place to eat as a single person. Tuncliff's on the hill has very reliable bar food. Near your hotel the other way might be Busboys and Poets, Henry's Soul Cafe and Taylor Gourmet. I haven't been to Henry's in a long time. Busboys and Poets isn't great, but it's not bad either.

For pastries you aren't far from a Le Pain Quotien which has good pastries, although a chain. There is a Le Bon Pain in Union Station.

Lunch- if after the bar food you want something a little healthier I like Sweetgreen for salads too.

Hamburger buns in Nova/DC

What about a bakery? A real bakery? Perhaps Heidelberg or etc. I don't eat a lot of bread so when I eat bread I want really good bread.

Need a good "welcome to DC lunch" between The Jefferson and Holocaust Museum

Old Ebbitts is a great place for their raw bar and is certainly a historic restaurant for DC. The rest of the food is ok, not special, but not awful. I haven't been to the other two. Central isn't too far of course. Ceiba is good too.

Annapolis recs?

Vin909, Wild Country Seafood, Cantler's and maybe Chick and Ruth's for some MD crab soup. I haven't been to O'Leary's in a while, so not sure if it is still really good.

Restaurant for Bacherlorette Party Near Town DC

The U st area has tons of choices, Ghibellina, Barcelona, Kapnos, Doi Moi, Ulah...

Four Sisters Grill (Clarendon)

Hubby and I had a really nice meal there the other night. I had a beef bahn mi, he had pork noodles and we had garden rolls and spring rolls, I thought it was big portions, I took half my sandwich home. I thought the flavor was excellent and it was nice to have right in Clarendon. We commented that there were lots of people we didn't see as the type who would go to the Eden Center who seemed to be enjoying the place.

Hidden Gems in Reston or Clarendon?

Nothing in Clarendon is hidden anymore. You could go to Ray's the Steaks and probably get in, but it's in Courthouse. I like some of the dishes at Nam Viet quite a lot and you could get in there. Also Water and Wall is really close and VERY good and I am sure you could get it without a reservation, but it is technically in Virginia Square. Me Jana might be another option, it's in Courthouse too.

Best stores to buy produce in the DC area

I get my produce from Wegman's in Fairfax because they tend to have the best selection of "normal" and some non-normal produce and I find it of better quality than most other grocery stores. But if you go on really busy days it can be picked over, we tend to go on weekdays if possible. But the Asian markets are great at having a greater variety and low prices.

Weekend DC Trip! Foodie advice?

Red Apron in Penn Quarter might be a good option not too far from the monuments and mall.

Food Truck Catering

I contacted a bunch of trucks for a charity event. I used FoodTruckFiesta to get their email addresses. Some where better than others at responding.

Crabs plus World Cup near Annapolis

Don't know where you ended up, Mike's probably would be more likely to have better viewing of the game.

Weekend DC Trip! Foodie advice?

If you are near the Capitol you can walk towards the Eastern Market metro and there are lots of options. The Tune Inn is quite a DC place. But there are lots of other good choices. Monmartre is a very local place.

If you are near Arlington Cemetery go to Ray's to the Third. In Old Town I like Eammon's for cheap, reasonable priced or Pita House or Caphe Bahn Mi.

Not a lot by the monuments on weekends. 14th St is the happening place where a lot of locals eat, but it's not really so cheap. The reasonable and cheap eats tend to be a bit further out.

Teenagers and where did you "dine?"

I didn't grow up in DC, BUT we used to go to the Custard Stand in Oakland, MD (now gone), Pizza Hut with my Dad (especially when you got the small pizzas for reading so many books I would get those all the time) he loved pizza and Silver Tree since it was owned by family we could go a good bit and the Oak Marr which used to have homemade rolls and pies and other great stuff. We still frequent Sirriani's in West Virginia which still makes great pizza a short drive from Oakland and the place we went once we got our licenses.

Texas Hound coming to town for 3-4 days. Correct my itinerary . . .

I have had really good version of both their chicken parm and meatball.