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Recs. for restaurant near Kennedy Center

Lynn Jan 13, 2002 06:07 PM

I'm taking my 13-year old daughter to the Kennedy Center on a Friday night and need some recommendations for a casual, yet nice restaurant. She likes Italian, Mexican, American, Chinese. We're taking the metro so something between the Foggy Bottom station and the Kennedy Center would be great.

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    Jeffrey RE: Lynn Jan 13, 2002 08:10 PM

    Don't know anything about them, but I do know that there are restaurants AT the Kennedy Center. One is a more formal type dining, the other is more heavy appetizers and drinks.

    Link: http://www.kennedy-center.org/visitor...

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      GregJ RE: Lynn Jan 14, 2002 08:01 AM

      We had lunch at Jeffrey's in the Watergate Hotel (now the Swiss Hotel) over the holidays. We thought it was quite good and that the service was quite professional. (Early reviews were very negative on the service.) A good friend reports that dinner is good, too. I think (but am not certain) that they're participating in Restaurant Week, which begins today (3 course dinner for $30.01 - be sure to get the oysters if you can)! (An alternative that is even closer to the Kennedy Center would be Dominique's. We had dinner there several months ago and thought it was OK, but not great.)

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        JJ RE: Lynn Jan 14, 2002 04:42 PM

        There's Kinkead's (seafood) and Bertucci's (chain) at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, about 3 blocks from Foggy Bottom, away from the metro stop and Kennedy Center (eastbound).

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          TerriS RE: Lynn Jan 14, 2002 08:42 PM

          Sometimes before the Kennedy Center we hit Luigi's on 18th or 19th near L. It's not too far, has a large and varied menu, and a fun, old-school Italian atmosphere.

          For fancy French-Belgian, see my post about Marcel's. Probably not sufficiently casual though.

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            Joe RE: TerriS Jan 17, 2002 08:28 AM

            I haen't had Luigi's pizza in 30 years. But then it was great, or at least it was great for D. C. What is it like today?

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