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Melanie Apr 15, 2007 10:23 AM

Hi all,

I'm looking for an upscale-ish restaurant (entrees in $20 range) for my boyfriend, his parents, my aunt and uncle and myself for dinner on a Sunday night. His parents and my aunt and uncle have never met - should be interesting! The only caveat is that my aunt is highly allergic to several basic items (onions, garlic, mushrooms) so we need a place that already has very simply grilled meats/fish on their menu or a place that will be willing to simply grill a meat/fish item. Accomodation is key!

From the research I've done thus far, it seems that Cesco, Rock Creek and Persimmon might be possibilities. Any thoughts on these? Any other suggestions?

Thanks so much!

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    mbooth Jul 7, 2007 11:18 AM

    Both Grapeseed and Persimmon are EXCELLENT. Have not been to Black's yet so can't compare. However I would say that both Grapeseed and Persimmon are a bit noisy for a group dinner, but then, sometimes that's a good thing.

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      bethesdam Jul 6, 2007 10:36 AM

      Grapeseed on Cordell would also fit the bill. The food is great and they are always happy to adjust the dishes

      1. lfarnum Jul 6, 2007 09:48 AM

        Hi Melanie,
        My wife and I love Yin Yankee in Annapolis and they've just opened one in Bethesda. I haven't been to the Bethesda location as yet but in Annapolis they are very accomodating and the food is delish!
        It's a little bit Asian and a little bit 'Merikan cuisine.
        Best of luck,
        Lincoln
        (No affiliation)

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          gyozagirl Jul 5, 2007 01:53 PM

          Personally I've had really great experiences at Rock Creek and it might be good in terms of accomodating any limitations, because a lot of their food has to do with simple prep work...and I liked the food at Cesco but it seems like it might be hard to stay away from the items you listed above at an Italian restaurant...?

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            Antonio Montana Jul 5, 2007 05:42 PM

            ive been to persimmon several times, and have always left satisfied. in fact, my gf has been bugging me to take her back there.

          2. DanielK Apr 16, 2007 09:27 AM

            I like Cesco, Rock Creek, and Persimmon, and the mention of Black's also is a good one.

            Mon Ami Gabi is ok, but it's a chain, not a local proprietor. Don't know if that makes them more or less likely to be able to modify the menu.

            But I think the best restaurant in Bethesda right now is David Craig. I would definitely give them a call to see if they can accomodate you.

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              MartyL Apr 17, 2007 07:18 AM

              Agreed -- David Craig is much better than all the other choices listed (although Black's is pretty good, too). If it's open on Sunday, it's your obvious choice.

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              hopeinmee Apr 15, 2007 01:30 PM

              Mon Ami Gabi in downtown has a good selection to chose from and the location is right in downtown Bethesda.

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                nc213 Apr 15, 2007 08:07 PM

                MAG is also *really* good about accomodating allergies.

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                dcish Apr 15, 2007 01:21 PM

                Also with basic (but well grilled) meats and fish is Blacks. However, the fish/meats are more in the $22-$30 range.

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