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Jan 28, 2007 05:43 AM

NY Hound Not Fooling Around

OK-first week of April with 4 nights with the babysitter so Mrs. GG and I can go out in style while our 8year old recovers from touring the Smithsonian and the zoo. Thinking about Inn at Little Washington, Citronelle, Maestro and CityZen. Substitutions? Also looking for best pizza (2 Amys?), burger,prime rib, sushi,oysters, crab and banh mi for lunch and other nights. Kid friendly places (and activities) too. Thanks fellow D.C. Hounds.

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  1. Hope the OP realizes the Inn at Little Washington is not in DC, about a 90 minute drive from downtown.

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    1. I love CityZen. It won't disappoint. For something unique in DC, have you considered Minibar? I have not found anything in DC as good as Saigon Banh Mi.

      1. Wow. What a list. Stick to it, and you'll be full and happy. Couple additions: if you look around on this board you will see that Michel Richard has recently opened a second DC resto, called Central. I have not had the good fortune to go there yet, but I don't anticipate being disappointed. Also, it will be a little easier on the wallet, which might be nice if you do go to the Inn at Little Washington. And if 90 minutes is nothing to you, consider heading to Annapolis for your crabs. 2 Amys is it for pizza, but it's not particularly close to anything else you might be doing, and others will also suggest Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Lots of opinions on those two joints if you search around on here. There's a good oyster place right up the street from Paradiso -- others will tell you the name. Might be Hank's? Don't like 'em much, so not sure. I like Tonic for burgers -- it's a local bar, vaguely close to the zoo in the Adams Morgan area, and they serve tater tots with it rather than fries. They are GOOD tater tots, although heavily salted.

        1. Maestro? I think there's better food at Palena. And why not see about a reservation at Minibar, which I think is amazing. Central is not a substitute for Citronelle, and needs some time to get it's act together anyway. That oyster bar in Dup Circle is no longer, alas. Johnny's Half Shell is now on Capitol Hill, and not the same place. There is Hank's, on the other side of Dupont, recommended for happy hour oysters. Forget Pizzeria Paradiso, to which I've devoted more than a decade of my eating life. It's over. 2 Amys is the best pizza in DC, and the only I've ever had in the US that reminds me of the pizza in Naples.

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          1. re: moreskordalia

            Because the service and the food at minibar leave quite a bit to be desired, as does Hank's for any time but happy hour.

            1. re: moreskordalia

              "Maestro? I think there's better food at Palena."

              Ludicrous! These two places should not even be mentioned in the same breath. Keep Maestro on your list and forget Palena. The horrible service alone will taint your DC dining experience.

              1. re: CDouglas

                While the service is often stuffy at Palena, I'm going to suspect you had a singular bad experience, though I am curious what made your service so bad?

                1. re: jpschust

                  Well Dean, the evening went south when we did not order a bottle of wine as I was not drinking - kid free night but I had to drive home. Sorry if that offends. The waiter essentially dismissed us as serious diners from then on. Huge waits for everything and zero (ZERO) checks to make sure all was well. I don't demand more than indifferent service as long as the chow is worthy but this felt purpo$eful. I had to get a drink from the bar for my wife at one point. Check actually dropped with dessert. Food was great but simply not worth the "service".

              2. re: moreskordalia

                I also suggest Palena...especially since you are looking for a damn good burger. It's delicious...seriously superior to any other burger I've had in a long time. And it's gourmet. Or you can opt to kick it up a notch (or 5) and dine in the back room which is fancier with a multiple course menu

              3. IMHO, IALW is only worth it if you can splurge to stay the night. It's 90 minutes one-way, and that's not counting on the inevitable I-66 West evening traffic. And a long 90 minutes back. All that said, it is a unique experience...

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                1. re: bordeauxfan

                  Very true, Bordeauxfan. A good compromise is to eat at the IALW, but stay at another inn in the Little Washington/Flint Hill area.

                  1. re: Gonzocook

                    For the record, the FosterHarris House in Little Washington is a wonderful B&B, walking distance to the Inn and WAY less than the cost of a night at the Inn. Everyone at the breakfast table the next morning you'll likely have seen at dinner the night before.

                    1. re: Meg

                      I'll take it a step further. I would avoid IALW till you have the opportunity to stay AT the hotel as well... so you can take in the whole experience.