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Oct 8, 2007 06:49 PM

Need 3 great DC dinners

My husband and I will be visiting DC from NYC in November for 3 nights, staying in Foggy Bottom. After lots of research on this site, I think I have decided on Dino and DC Coast, but need a 3rd rec. We don't mind spending up for a great meal. We would really like someplace lively, nothing formal. We love to walk and have no problem taking the Metro or a cab for something great. Thanks!

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    1. My suggestions would be either Hook, PS7, or Brasserie Beck. All wonderful, lively, and moderatly priced with delicious food and good drinks.

      I haven't been to Central yet but most people I know really like it and it certainly is one of the hot new restaurants at the moment.

      1. You have selected 2 very good choices. If you get to DC Coast ask for Rick or Terry. They are both excellent servers. Also the tuna tartar is a must!!! I have it everytime I dine there. Acadiana is a restaurant by the same group. Chef Tunks serves New Orleans style food that is just amazing. Located at 9th and New York ave ( i think) Food is great and the service is very good as well.

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        1. re: AProut

          I'd put in another vote for Acadiana--one of the most under-rated in DC, I think. Since you're in Foggy Bottom, maybe Cafe Milano in Georgetown?

          1. re: j fish 44

            I also recommend Acadiana. Since you are from NYC, it might be nice to get something with a little Southern/Cajun flair, which you can find more often in DC then NY.

            Another suggestion would be Creme on U Street. Creme is laid back with a home-cooked feel to its food. Also U Street is a great area to explore, grab a drink after dinner at any of the local watering holes or some dessert over at Busboys and Poets, a very cool coffee house/restaurant/bar/book store.

            If you are heading over to Georgetown I would suggest Hook over Cafe Milano which is much more about the scene then the food. Hook is one of the hottest new restaurants around with a focus on sustainable seafood. I ate there a couple weeks ago and absolutly fell in love with Barton Seaver's simplistic approach to seafood. Plus they have these great crudo (Italian sashimi) appetizers that are tasty and very inventive.

          2. re: AProut

            Just went to DC Coast. Had a tasty meal with a nice table upstairs by the window even though I booked only earlier that evening. One warning- you'll smell like a deep fryer when you leave.

            1. re: LJ123

              Ew...why's that? I didn't realize DC Coast has a lot of deep-fried food. I would expect that from Ben's Chilli Bowl or some other greesy spoon type places but not DC Coast.

              1. re: Elyssa

                Not sure why it smelled so greasy - I noticed it right away and still smelled it on my clothes later that evening; dinner tasted good but I would've expected better ventilation from DC Coast - especially as we were seated right under an air duct! (Brrrr!)

          3. Quite frankly, I don't think much of your choices.

            Central fits the bill- If you go to Central, share the 'faux' gras and rilletes. All the main courses are very good to excellent except I'm not all that fond of the lobster burger. Dessert is the only place here where you can go ahead and save your money

            Though as a footnote I will say Michel Richard's cooking is even better at the lounge at Citronelle. The lounge is not formal, but it is quiet.

            Zaytinya is another great choice - it's pan-Hellenic tapas. No reservations after 6:30pm, so eat early or brave the crowd. It's worth it, and you probably don't have anything like it where you are. The kibbeh and the salmon are sensational. too many great choices.

            DC Coast is a seafood restaurant. Black Salt is easily better. See menu below.


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            1. re: Steve

              I don't know, I think dessert at Central is worth it- the Kit Kat bar is excellent. Note that Michel Richard isn't cooking at any of his restaurants- there are exec chefs doing it.

              I highly disagree with you on Zaytinya.

              1. re: jpschust

                Michel Richard was never listed as the chef of Michel Richard's Central - still many of the recipes are of his creation or at least he takes credit for them in his cookbook. I'm not sure what the kitchen situation is exactly at Citronelle, but again, I'm pretty sure that what you are eating is his creation. The quality at both are great, with the lounge at Citronelle being a combination of informal setting and exquisite food.

                Of course, we can all disagree aboout Zaytinya. About three years ago, I wrote a post about "What happened to the flavor at Zaytinya?" when I thought the place was slipping. But I've been back several times since then and in my opinion, celebrated chef Jose Andres deserves his fame. The OP asked for three great meals, and I think she'll find them based on my recs.

                1. re: jpschust

                  Isn't the Kit Kat Bar often also found on the Citronelle menu? I'm pretty sure it was there when I went in March but I opted for the creative and delicious Cintronelle breakfast. Not sure if the lounge menu is different then the main menu though and therefore has different desserts.

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    I believe it still is on the Citronelle menu.

                  2. re: jpschust

                    jps...did you ever try the shrimp dish at Zaytinya with the lemon, mustard and other stuff? I love that dish. Sure, though, there are some misses there, but that dish is great.


                    1. re: Pool Boy

                      I did try a shrimp dish there, though I can't recall that one off the description. There are certainly a few things on their menu that are good to ok, but the overwhelming majority of that menu is just poor and overpriced (yes, I get the double entendre (sp?) going on here). I'll give this place its few props- and one of them is its wine list. I think I have to agree with jparott that this is a place whose wine list is very important. I just wish the food were up to snuff to go with it. Someone needs to mesh their wine list with Lebanse Butcher's :)

                  3. re: Steve

                    Just so you know, Zaytinya no longer has it's reservations-only-until-6:30 policy. I don't think they take a lot of reservations, but if you plan ahead you can get them after 6:30. Putting aside the quality debate -- though I'm still a fan.

                  4. Come on up to Cleveland Park, an easy walk from your hotel. Front room at Palena. Dino. Indique.

                    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                    Dino's Used Car Lot
                    6019 Baltimore Ave, Riverdale, MD

                    Indique Heights
                    2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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                      1. re: jpschust

                        Hahaha mm Dino's Used Car Lot... funny the linking thing really has some odd quirks now and then.

                        1. re: ktmoomau

                          oops!! just went back to try it again. There are two listings for Dino's in CP, and the addresses are listed correctly. but, when you click on them, they bring up the used car lot!

                      2. re: Geoff

                        I don't think that's an easy walk! I mean you could walk it, and it could be fun, but Foggy Bottom to Cleveland Park would be a hike.

                        1. re: mselectra

                          yikes, you're absolutely right. I must have been thinking of a different post, with folks staying in Woodley Park.

                          1. re: Geoff

                            But that doesn't mean Cleveland Park's not worth the trip!