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why so difficult- moderate fun dining on a Sat night

MarinaS Mar 16, 2007 10:41 AM

Anywhere in DC, any cuisine, exotic or not... I'm racking my brain here. What's your favorites? Something less "fancy" and "business dinner" like than say TenPehn or DC Coast but not seedy hole-in-the wall. Why no "normal" restaurants that make you feel like you're having a nice night out with adults but won't break the bank? Something along the lines of Bistro du Coin but I've gotten fed up with inconsistency and service there.

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    dinwiddie Mar 17, 2007 06:31 AM

    For Indian Bombay Bistro (I go to the one in Rockville, there is one in Fairfax too)
    Ethiopian - Addis Ababa (I don't consider it hole int he wally)
    Dino is always a favorite

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      laurentobias Mar 16, 2007 09:19 PM

      Zaytinya recently announced they'll take some reservations. What about Indian? Heritage? Curry Club? Jyoti in Adams Morgan? Or Rice on 14th for Thai. Viridian.

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        JAC13 Mar 16, 2007 08:54 PM

        Pesce and Zaytinya if you don't mind waiting for a table.

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          Steve Mar 16, 2007 08:03 PM

          In DC:
          Nam Viet
          Lebanese Taverna

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            dcfb Mar 16, 2007 07:45 PM

            A problem we have faced a few times. . ..my thoughts:

            Malaysia Kopitam- Huge menu, reasonable, delicious
            Spices- It's been consistent and tasty and afffordable. Fun for a group, movie at the Uptown
            Coppi's - mighty fine pizza, yummy wines and desserts
            Meskrem- Ethiopian in Adams Morgan
            Afghan Grill- Woodley Park, delicious and usually not crowded
            Montmartre -- so delicious, but not sure I would call it moderate
            Odeon Cafe- Last visits there were delicious. No, it's not 5-star, but it's solid

            Moderate and laid back area faves outside the city:

            Minh's- Some of the best Vietnamese around, relaxed w/ good service (on Wilson Blvd in Virginia, but so yummy.)

            Hollywood East Cafe- Wheaton (killer for dim sum, but some major standouts for dinner too)

            Saravana Palace- Consistent, surprising, delicious in Fairfax, billions of dishes, all vegetarian many surprisingly scrumptious.

            Viet Bistro - cheap, quick Vietnamese in the Eden Center (7 corners)

            Addis Ababa - was in Adams Morgan, now in Silver Spring (kind of hole in the wally)

            Alamo restaurant- Bladensburg - TexMEx and Mex done well


            side note: Belga Cafe- delicious, but rushed, rude, confused service the three times we went

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              jaydreb Mar 16, 2007 01:22 PM


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                BrianD Mar 16, 2007 01:26 PM

                I love Rasika, but I'd hardly call it moderate. It's quite fancy and expensive. I'd add Evening Star and Vermillion in Alexandria.

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                  jpschust Mar 17, 2007 07:15 AM

                  I'd hardly call it good either. :)

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                    MakingSense Mar 17, 2007 01:33 PM

                    Nobody ever looks like they're having fun at Rasika either.

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                weezycom Mar 16, 2007 12:38 PM

                Del Merei Grille, Alexandria

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                  Dennis S Mar 16, 2007 05:30 PM


                2. Meg Mar 16, 2007 12:34 PM

                  Cafe Montemartre
                  Carlyle Grand (Shirlington)
                  a la Lucia (Old Town)

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                    kabrown Mar 16, 2007 12:33 PM

                    belga cafe, if you like bistro du coin....

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                      alopez Mar 16, 2007 12:30 PM

                      Colorado Kitchen.

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