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Family Dinner next Saturday, etc.

Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 06:58 AM

So, parents and aunt/uncle are coming to town and I'd like to pick a nice - within reason cost wise - for all of us to go. It is also likely the first time they'll meet my BF.

I am thinking the front room at Palena but am unsure as to their reservation policy for the front room....and their web site is in DESPERATE need of a re-do!

I'm curious for other recommendations.

No Virginia - I'd like to try Eve - but it's just too far to go for a short weekend visit, and I think with 6 people it is a little over what I'd like the bill to be. I'll save it for my parents next visit :) Komi is also too expensive and too "adventurous" for some of the diners. Another one to save for a different visit!

I'm open to suggestions - and as nice as taking everyone to Two Amys for dinner would be, i refuse to deal with a 2 hr wait for pizza on a Saturday!

I am also open to suggestions for Saturday. I believe everyone will be leaving somewhat early sunday so probably no brunch then, but if there are recommendations for a great saturday lunch I'm open!


  1. monavano Aug 1, 2007 07:23 AM

    Saturday dinner at 1789 in Georgetown.
    Sunday brunch/lunch at Tabard Inn or Old Ebbitt Grill.

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    1. re: monavano
      Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 07:36 AM

      Probably not going to have time for Sunday Brunch as everyone has to head out of town.

      Tabbard does have a fun brunch, though, IMO. We went to my 25th birthday as a family.

      1. re: Jeserf
        monavano Aug 1, 2007 07:47 AM

        Oops, sorry. I thought you asked for Sunday!

        1. re: monavano
          Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 07:48 AM

          If we were having Sunday Brunch, I'd probably go back to the Tabbard, though!

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      Elyssa Aug 1, 2007 08:23 AM

      How about Zola, Sette Osteria, or Proof? In a similar range there is Ceiba or Bistro Bis.

      OH you can also try the new Hook...although I can't remember if you eat seafood or not.

      Also this might be a little out of your price range but Equinox is always great for a nice dinner with the parents.

      I for some reason feel like Palena will take reservations if the party is 6 or more but I would call and double check that.

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      1. re: Elyssa
        Elyssa Aug 1, 2007 09:02 AM

        I thought of 2 other places...Firefly and Creme on U St. (You don't hear enough about Creme but I love it there!)

        1. re: Elyssa
          Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 09:25 AM

          I thought about Creme...

          I just need to decide if we should go downtown (i'm on the red line) or just stick to cleveland park (which means Palena).

          I can't tell how hired everyone will be from doing touristy things on Saturday...do stuff, go back and freshen up, then go back in.

          I saw your post on Proof...it does seem a little over priced. That's not my thing, even though the food sounds pretty good.

          1. re: Jeserf
            Elyssa Aug 1, 2007 09:41 AM

            Btw speaking of Creme, Tom at the Post wrote this article on a new (?) place on U St called Station 9...never heard of it but apparently the chef at Creme (who I adore) is helping out with the menu and possibly chef duties (this was unclear).

            Sounds interesting and promising..might not be good for the rents but is certainly something to keep on the radar screen.



            1. re: Elyssa
              Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 09:54 AM

              i just saw that....the article wasn't too clear.

              you and I need to eat together!

              wait, i need a higher paying job....but in theory - we should. you eat at great places!

              1. re: Jeserf
                Elyssa Aug 1, 2007 10:01 AM

                I need a higher paying job as well. I have been holding back on doing an analysis on where all my money goes each month because I'm almost certain an insanly large percentage goes to dining and groceries.

                Although my favorite quote is the Virginia Woolf quote that says "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

                1. re: Elyssa
                  Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 10:15 AM

                  it is true - groceries are a reasonable expense if you actually use them. My roommate tends to buy $60 worth at whole foods and manage to eat out every night with the food going bad.

                  I save dining out at higher priced places, which is a shame. I try to do it once a month or so...but, boyfriend and I are trying to be "good" and save money for our own various reasons. Cooking gets old, but being tapped out gets old faster! heh

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        gotvin Aug 1, 2007 10:22 AM

        What area do you live in in NOVA?

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        1. re: gotvin
          Jeserf Aug 1, 2007 10:25 AM

          I don't live in NoVa - I'm in Friendship Heights.
          Not really interested in all of us driving/long metro-ing to VA for food after a long day of tourism.

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