Tough new noodle for an old chowhound - where to take the visiting madre? (DC)
So, I've got a bit of a noodler. My mom is coming into town on a Sunday not so far off (but sufficiently far off that I could confidently get a reservation anywhere).
When she comes in to town, it's always just for a night, and I like to take her out somewhere nice - not super fancy, but nice. So, Citronelle is out (too fancy), and Taqueria Distrito Federal is out (not nice enough).
Past times, I've taken her to:
Minibar at Cafe Atlantico
Chez Mama-San in G'town
The question now is, where do I take her? I don't want to duplicate, and five of the places I just thought of - Rasika, Komi, Central, TenPenh, and AV Ristorante Italiano - are ALL closed Sundays. P.Paradiso doesn't feel nice enough to me, and I want to avoid the whole Clyde's franchise. I live in Chinatown, but kinda dislike Indebleu and Zengo. I like Jaleo, but I am sorta in the mood to take her somewhere I've never been myself.
I would LOVE other ideas!!!!! Two other places I have thought of, which I am pretty confident in, are:
But like I said, I WOULD LOVE other, new ideas!!!! Can anyone shed some light?
does she eat thai?
Regent and Rice have both been very good when I've been there, have very nice decors - and if it's nice out, Regent has a great out door area.
I just did an Open Table search for the hypothetical date of Sunday, April 15. I've turned up the following restaurants with Sunday hours I think you could happily consider:
Charlie Palmer's Steak
Marcel's -- probably too fancy
re: Dennis S
Oooh, acadiana and bistro bis definitely just got added. Thanks for those!
(Bistro du Coin is another place I took my mom and she liked - and it was Dino, not Palena, that we went to in the past.)
(Also, I took an ex to Bistro d'Oc for Valentine's Day one year, so I think it may be permanently X-ed)
(And yes she eats Thai but I actually am an un-fan)