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Kid-friendly but good place for dinner in Charleston?

10 year old who is very adventurous and a great eater and 3 year old who is not adventurous and likely requires a kid menu (chix tenders/mac cheese etc.) or a place that would do a bowl of buttered noodles on the side! Thanks!

Aug 21, 2010
Suburban Chowhound in Southeast

Kid-friendly but good place for dinner in Charleston?

Hi, we are cruising out of Charleston this week and unfortunately only have 1 night in your lovely city. Can you give me good recommendations for kid-friendly (as in not fancy but not fast food) but good places for dinner? Would love southern/low-country fare if possible. Thanks!

Aug 21, 2010
Suburban Chowhound in Southeast

Does anyone know what happened to Caribou Coffee in Herndon?

I had just discovered this drive thru gem on Elden Street, and it is now closed!! Does anyone know why? I like their coffee so much better than Starbucks - much hotter and stronger! I know there is one in Dulles Town Center, but this was just a few minutes from my house! Bummer!

Where to buy chili beef in NOVA

Thanks All! I will try my local Giant or Harris Teeter!

Where to buy chili beef in NOVA

Hi there - we are looking to buy thick grind beef to make chili with - we found some at Shoppers Food Warehouse last year around super bowl time, but we were out of town this year at super bowl time. Still wanting to make chili - but can't find the really coarsely ground / thick ground beef. Any ideas or has anyone seen what I am thinking about?

Thanks!

Recipe for Peruvian Chicken Dipping Suace

How did the recipe turn out - and are you willing to share it - if it was good?

Birthday dinner in DC or NoVa, please help!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to report back. Thanks to all for the great suggestions! It turns out we could not get a reservation before 9:30 pm for Restaurant Eve for the night we wanted (and that is a bit too late for us) so we tried Vermillion. We wanted to try PX for drinks as monavano suggested, but they don't open until 7 - and with 2 wee ones at home, our nights our require an earlier start.

The service was fine at Vermillion. We had a nice window table for two upstairs. For starters I tried the bibb salad - which was very refreshing, tasty and tangy - though, probably better suited to a summer / spring night -- none of the soups or "wam" appetizers appealed to me. Hubby had the bean nicoise salad, which was very good as well. For our main courses, I had the spring chicken duo - which I found a tad too salty. It was very tender and crispy, but oversalted. The wild "dirty rice" I loved - and it was a decent foil to the chicken's saltiness. Hubby had the beef striploin and shortrib - the shortrib was akin to the roast beef "debris" we are used to getting in New Orleans - very tender, beefy and delicious - it really made the dish standout. Then for dessert we had the cheese plate and the pumpkin cake. The cheese plate had very generous helpings of cheese - the servers did not tell us what was on the plate, a minor annoyance, but they were very tasty cheeses - as far as we could tell, a goat cheese, a brie or camembert-like cheese, a machengo or parmesan-like (or very aged white cheddar) cheese and a blue. My pumpkin cake was cold, but decent tasting, but what made it was the homemade caramel ice cream on the side. And the cake and my coffee was on the house for my birthday - a nice touch. We also had a bottle of the iron horse sparkling wine -- very nice.

Overall, I would go back to Vermillion -- it was a good experience and good value for our money. A little less salt in my chicken dish and a touch warmer on the pumpkin cake and it would have been even better.

Thanks all for the suggestions -- we have added a few more restaurants to try on our wish list!

Birthday dinner in DC or NoVa, please help!

Thanks ktmoomau - I do like 2941 - we have not been there in a year or so. So it sounds like the quality has not gone down with the departure of Chef Krinn? Are the breads still fabulous as well (I assume Chef Krinn's father left when he left?)

Birthday dinner in DC or NoVa, please help!

Thanks Indy 67 - this is really helpful!! I love my fellow chowhounders! Both menus look great - I will see which one I can get into for Friday (on such short notice)!!

Birthday dinner in DC or NoVa, please help!

Hi, I am looking for a nice birthday dinner recommendation in either Northern VA or DC. Nice but not too pricey (~$100/pp max - preferably less) - mostly focused on great food and service. Some restaurants I have wanted to try - Cityzen, Corduroy, Restaurant Eve, Central Michel Richard. Another thing - hubby and I are not into sweetbreads, organ meats or truffles (I know, egads) - but pretty much like everything else (so we never tried Maestro, even though everyone raves about it -- it had too many of those chichi things that we probably would not enjoy on the menu)!

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give us!

Good restaurants near 30th st. station?

Do you know if Rae's is baby / child friendly at lunch time?

English High Tea

Avoid the Willard. It used to be my favorite spot years ago, but the food has really gone downhill. They serve you in the main hallway (used to be in one of their restaurants) - so you feel on display throughout the service, as you are literally sitting in the hall! Also the tea sandwiches are on very dry, stale bread - but it seems they are meant to be that way - we sent ours back, they sent out fresh sandwiches and they were still stale tasting. The only decent things about the whole experience were the harpist and the tea itself - I believe they have a "tea sommelier" - and their teas (loose leaf) are the most amazing, aromatic teas I have ever tasted. The harpist was also a nice touch. However, I go for the full experience, so with the bad food and bad atmosphere, I would not go back. The Four Seasons is decent, the Ritz in Tysons Corner is decent and I have also enjoyed the Park Hyatt and the Jefferson (before they closed for renovations).