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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.

about 14 hours ago
ktmoomau in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

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.

Good vegetarian options in Arlington, Falls Church and McLean?

What about Mussel Bar in Arlington? I think they have a few options for everyone. Willow might be another option to look into, they try to be fairly accommodating in food preferences. You might also look at the menu for Tallula or Screwtop Wine Bar to see if they have any current interesting vegetarian options.

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

I am not sure about a seafood buffet in DC. I haven't been to Geranio. A couple other thoughts: Bastille, Vermillion or Brabo. Or in Arlington- Eventide. Quarterdeck is also a good idea.

Lunch on Wednesday- which location of Ben's were you going to? If the one in Arlington, you could instead go across the street and go to Ray's for a cheesesteak or a hellburger. If the U St location then you could get a G sandwich by Mike Isabella, it might not be can't miss, but it should be good and fairly iconic as he is one of DC's celebrity chefs.

CityZen is still worth it.

What about some Korean BBQ for lunch in Annandale?

In Baltimore you could maybe get your seafood fix here instead? Bertha's for mussels, I think there is a Philips there, don't know if they still have the buffet one. Or you could go to the market and get all sorts of stuff. Lots of other options for seafood in Baltimore.

Recs for fall trip to Alexandria

I like all your recs up there so far, for lunch I like Caphe Bahn Mi and that is super affordable. Momo Sushi is a frequent lunch for me it's a little more pricey than Caphe Bahn Mi, but a good deal for sushi lunch. I also like the Pita House it might be a good lunch option.

Arlington local institution

I know! I l think they are good too! I can't resist getting one, then end up over ordering because well it's about a meal in itself.

Arlington local institution

Lots of places already mentioned, but The Italian Store has been around forever and has great subs and pizza. They have a few outdoor tables, but it is mainly take out. But worth a visit.

El Pollo Rico and Carribean Grill have been around a long time and are worth a stop too. Cassatt's Cafe has been around a long time too, although I haven't been in a while. I really like Lebanese Taverna Market which has been around a long time too, but these aren't pizza, burger type of places.

Lost Dog Cafe has been around for a while and has pizza, we go there from time to time and it's a fun stop.

Carluccios "European restaurant-market concept" coming to Alexandria

With the rent for that building and the fate of the independent restaurants that have inhibited it, this will be interesting. I work right near there, but am not particularly excited about it, but I will probably try it out at some point.

Cerrito's Pupuseria, Rte 50, Chantilly (South Riding)

Thanks for the report, I drove by this place and had been wondering about it!