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Apr 21, 2007 04:50 PM

One more DC rec for tourist?

Hi everyone -

A while back, you were all so gracious to help me figure out my food itinterary for an upcoming DC trip. (Just a few days away!) So far, we'll be going to Dino, Zaytinya, and Etete for dinner; Teaism, Latino Dim Sum at Cafe Atlantico, The Dubliner and one TBD location for lunch.

Originally, I was looking for relatively cheap eats. But my husband and I have decided to have one semi-splurge meal. I say semi because at our price range, it would definitely not be a "splurge" by DC standards!

We'd like to spend approx $60 or so per person, before tax and tip. That would include one drink each, entrees and maybe a dessert to share. I'll try anything, although my husband won't do sushi or french bistro fare. And he'd like somewhere that offers a steak - although it doesn't need to be a steakhouse. I think I'd prefer if it wasn't. We'll go anywhere that's Metro accessible.

Any thoughts?

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  1. I'd consider Charlie Palmer Steak, right across from the Capital. Great interior, beautiful views, and much more than steak. Check out the prices on their website ( to see if it meets your budget. Enjoy!

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    1. re: bordeauxfan

      Charlie Palmer has a lunchtime special prix fixe menu - 3 courses at $20.07 that includes an Angus strip loin - that may be about the best deal in town.

      The other fabulous lunch prix fixe bargain is Le Paradou at $32. Watch your bar bill and you will be happy to have hit this one. It's not hard to run up something close to that at Atlantico or Zaytinya.

    2. Seeing as most high end restaurants offer at least one steak, if highbrow Low Country cuisine is of interest, you might want to consider our fave DC restaurant, Vidalia. The room is gorgeous, the service is excellent, and the food is sublime. A glance at their restaurant week menu found this steak offering, which I would order in a heartbeat:

      Hereford Beef Sirloin
      strip loin poached in butter and roasted with sea salt, with creamed spinach,
      potato dauphinoise, mushroom ragout and bordelaise sauce

      The rest of their website appears to be kluged as no other menus show up. Vidalia and Kinkead's are the 2 place we always go when in DC.

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      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        Agreed, and it's one of the few high end places that does steak truly right.

        1. re: GroovinGourmet

          Vidalia menu: Menu Pages may not be always up to date but they generally give a pretty good idea of what you can expect.

          1. re: MakingSense

            That will give you a general idea of their fall/winter stuff, but that's not that close to what the menu is now- it's highly seasonal.

            1. re: jpschust

              I wish Menu Pages would keep their site more up to date. It is a good indication of rough price points for meals though. It avoids sticker shock for tourists especially since the OP was looking for a particular price range.
              DC restaurant prices are high and then we have a 10% tax on top.

              That menu is probably an overall poor indication of the current menu at Vidalia in any case. I understand that they have moved away from their former attempts at Southern food such as they were.