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gustaf Aug 6, 2007 11:23 AM

Family in Arlington meeting boyfriend from NYC for first time on Saturday night.

The old standby is Carlyle (decently priced, something for everyone, casual, etc.), but I feel the need to branch out after less than good experiences as of late.

BF has never been to DC (don't ask) so maybe something in Old Town or Clarendon or DC that would allow for some nightlife afterword? Basic, good food a must. Mid-priced (~$30 pp w/o bevs) meals a plus. Nothing too out there. Nothing that will try to compete with NYC. One diner does not eat red meat.

Maybe Overwood? I even thought of Ray's (they have salmon and shrimp).

Any help you hounds can provide would be great. The stress is killing me.

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    Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 11:46 AM

    I can't help you too much with the NOVA stuff. But here are some good recommendations for DC:

    *Creme- The chef here does home cooking with a slight southern twist in a simple yet delicious way. Everything I've ever had there has been excellent and the waitstaff is very friendly. Nice setting...you can carry on a conversation. And it's on U Street...where you can find lots of places to go out to afterwards.

    *Cashion's- In Adams Morgan. Excellent food which uses lots of local ingrediants. Now would be a good time to go because the restaurant will be changing owners soon and might redesign the menu. It has a great feel...like your in someone's dining room type of thing.

    *Hank's Oyster Bar-Great seafood (also have meat dishes) in a fun, New England fish shack type of restaurant. (but certainly not a shack) Moderate priced...outdoor seating etc. It's in Dupont Circle area

    *Sette Osteria- Pretty good Italian restaurant with pasta, pizza, and meat dishes. Big outdoor seating area and a full bar. Moderatly priced and right near a bunch of bars in Dupont Circle.

    *Firefly- I haven't tried the new chef but I've heard good things. The menu is good (although when I was there we made a bad dessert descision...probably not representative of what is offered). The restaurant has a fun, mystical outdoor feel to it. Again in Dupont.

    Hope this helps a little. Good luck!

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      Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 12:37 PM

      Also if it's this Saturday keep in mind that it's Restaurant Week in DC.

      But out of the restaurants I recommended I believe only Friefly is participating.

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        gustaf Aug 6, 2007 01:50 PM

        Thanks for the great DC suggestions. I have tried all but Creme, and I have been wanting to go there. PLUS -- It's right near my favorite late night non-dancing, non-see-and-be-seen place: Solly's.

        Hmmm. Or Cashion's. Hanks is great as well.

        So many choices.

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          Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 03:18 PM

          I really don't think you can go wrong with any of those. Hank's sometimes has a wait...not sure if they take reservations. But really delicious solid food with all of those. And both Creme and Cashion's have that little southern thing going on in the background so that's certainly a local flavor that you can't really find in NYC as often as in DC>

          If you go to Creme and like mushrooms I highly recommend their mushroom appetizer. It's so simple but so incredible.

      2. monkeyrotica Aug 6, 2007 12:03 PM

        Overwood or The Majestic would be able to handle your party. Regardless of where you go, get a reservation and get there early. Saturday nights can be ridiculously crowded, particularly downtown.

        1. ktmoomau Aug 6, 2007 12:30 PM

          I think the suggestions for Southern food are a great idea. Very non-competitive with New York and something he might not get. I really used to love Majestic. I have not been back since it has new chefs... but still seems to get recommended quite often so it must still be very good.

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            brendastarlet Aug 6, 2007 12:38 PM

            How about Two Amy's for pizza/salads/appetizers in Northwest? But Saturday nights are the worst nights at any decent DC restaurant unless you go early.

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              Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 12:43 PM

              You can probably still get a number reservations at places. In terms of Creme and Cashions there have been a bunch of times that I've called last minute and was able to get in...even at 8pm.

              Especially places that aren't participating in Restaurant Week...they might be an easier "get."

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                ktmoomau Aug 6, 2007 12:51 PM

                I wouldn't take a NY person to a pizza joint, I know 2Amy's is great. I love it, but I just wouldn't want to compete in that category.

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                  Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 01:00 PM

                  Agreed. Plus is it really condusive to a "meet the parents" type setting? Pretty loud when crowded if I remember correctly.

                  But then again what do I know. My boyfriend lucked out with my foodie parents who insisted on meeting him for the first time a Citronelle! :)

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                    ktmoomau Aug 6, 2007 01:06 PM

                    Wow, he is lucky! I wish my bf's parents did that. But I can't complain they have great taste in restaurants and are nice enough to let me choose sometimes too. I agree with you on perhaps a non-RW week choice as many of them can get noisy during this time, but there could be a few good places left that might be a little quieter. Firefly can get really loud when it is busy. I was there for a Valentine's Day dinner and it was hard to have an intimate conversation, but the food is very good. That really is something to consider I really liked how interested the bf's parents were in our conversations and I think that is a major part of this type of meal.

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                      Elyssa Aug 6, 2007 01:15 PM

                      He was lucky. He got Citronelle, Blue Duck Tavern, and Poste all in one weekend! I can't complain though...he's parents take us to nice places as well.

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