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3 nights in DC with a 15 yr old

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I'll be in Washington DC with my daughter (first time--graduation present) and am looking for great food, great atmosphere--something to knock her socks off. I'm not looking for something "kid friendly"--she loves good food as much as I do.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Make sure to hit Central- trendy amazing food!

    1. the minibar at cafe atlantico would certainly be a knock your socks off experience!
      http://www.cafeatlantico.com/miniBar/...

      1. The Willard Room at the Willard Hotel. Fabulous space, old world service and menu with some table side preparations, things you don't often see any more. Lunchtime buzzes with lobbyists, lawyers, Washington's elites.
        The Hotel is part of Washington's history. Presidents hung out in the lobby and your daughter will recognize many names among the famous guests of the past.
        Lots of good food in town but she'll remember this place.

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        1. re: MakingSense

          As you say, the Willard Room is a place to go for the scene rather than the food. However, at WR prices, the visitors may be wincing at the end of the meal. Perhaps the OP can call the bar to see if there are non-alcoholic drinks available so both mother and daughter can have the Willard experience at a fraction of the price.

          If you are willing to spend big bucks, I enthusiastically recommend Michel Richard's flagship restaurant, Citronelle, in addition to the previously mentioned Central. Richard creates dishes that taste divine and are visually playful. The "breakfast" dessert, in particular, feels like a guaranteed hit with a fifteen-year old.

        2. I was exactly like your daughter when I was 15. Thinking back I think I would have really enjoyed Palena (take her to the cafe and teach her what a real hamburger should taste like :) ), Cafe Atlantico, Zola, and Bistro Du Coin.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            Zola, Bistro du Coin?

            Even at 15 I could have told you those places weren't good.

            Palena is a great idea, though. Take her to Komi, which is really special. And Obelisk. Man, I wish I had had a mom like you.

            1. re: The Gourmet Pig

              Sorry I meant Bistro du Oc.

              But either way I still think Bistro du Oc and Zola are good. On top of that I would have thought the decor at Zola was incredibly cool. I agree with a lot of the other places people mentioned: Citronelle, Taberna, Central. I just thought I would give suggestions that wouldn't totally blow the bank---they are here for 3 nights.

              Plus most teenagers, regardless of if they know good food or not, are really going to enjoy a cool scene as well. Something that makes them feel like a grown-up, not stuffy. I think my suggestions offer that.

              I stand by my suggestions for sure!!!!

          2. Zaytinya... as a 15 year old who I am sure is already an adult a trendy place like this should make her feel very cool, and hip. And the food is great too! I second Central and Cafe Atlantico too!

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              I don't know that I'd go so far to say the food is good at Zaytinya or Atlantico- I'd say it's mass produced and decent, but good? nah.

              1. re: jpschust

                You're right. She should go to Jaleo instead ;)