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Mar 13, 2002 08:31 AM

taking my future father-in-law to dinner in DC. . . .

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I'm looking for a nice, but not too expensive (say $15-$25 entrees) restaurant to take my fiancee's father, who is coming to town on business. He enjoys continental /american cuisine, and seafood (excluding sushi).

I was thinking along the lines of a less expensive version of places like palena or kinkead's, but still above average quality.

Does anyone have recommendations that fit these criteria?

thanks in advance-


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  1. Johnny's Half Shell near Dupont circle. Seafood is great and but they have other dishes as well. They also have a small but nice selection of wines by the glass (mostly French) that a great deal of thought went into. They really have good food and wine matches there and I have found the staff usually knows their stuff.

    1. I'd try the Little Fountain Cafe on 18th Street in Adams Morgan. The kitchen was a little off for a short while following a favorable write-up in the Post. But in my last two recent visits, the food's been terrific. Check out their webite, (I think) for menu info.

      1. How about DC Coast? It's good and should be in your price range. It's a little more upscale than Little Fountain but not too pricey. Or how about Tony and Joes or Sequoia for a nice view of the waterfront? Grillfish is also good as is Sea Catch. IF you want italian, Filomina's and Tusaca West are reasonaby priced and the atmosphere might be what you're looking for.

        1. Johnny's Half Shell, on P Street, is a terrific, moderately priced alternative to Kinkeads for fish or seafood. For Italian, try Etrusco, a block and a half north of Dupont Circle. I had a delicious grilled rockfish there last weekend. Wonderfully fresh, perfectly cooked, topped with toasted bread crumbs and a splash of olive oil and lemon. Bis, near Union Station, is a sure bet if you're looking for French bistro fare. Don't miss the scallops or, if you're in the mood for comfort food, the coq au vin.

          1. You should check out Park Cafe on Capitol Hill. Great small neighborhood place, nice ambience, great seafood, fish specials, "mariscal".

            yummy, in your price range nad Personal, the people will remember u and its fun.

            they have live jazz on weekends.