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Mar 13, 2008 07:01 AM

Seeking recs for progressive dinner downtown

I've been completely consumed by my job for the past 2 weeks, and my boyfriend has been very understanding through it all. That being said, tomorrow night, I want to take him out for an evening of food, fun, and relaxation.

We really enjoy going to a series of restaurants and getting drinks and appetizers at the bar. I'll be meeting him at his office near Metro Center, and our first stop will be Ceiba. I'm hoping to end the evening at Mio (our favorite), but I'd like to have one more restaurant stop between Ceiba and Mio. Does anyone have suggestions for nicer places with great appetizers that aren't extremely loud or crowded?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. My vote for bar food goes to PS7s, where the bar food is at happy hour prices, as well. Their tuna tartar sliders even won over my husband, who hates tuna, especially raw tuna. And their gimlet (made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup) is to die for. The homemade caramel corn they put out is the clincher.

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    1. re: katecm

      I agree with PS7's - they have great food and good cocktails. I had the gimlet last week too and it's excellent! Also, I don't know if its available at the bar but the rabbit appetizer is one of the best dishes I've had in quite awhile.

    2. Looking at your walk Brasserie Beck wouldn't be too far out of the way.

      I have never been to DC Coast (I know it is in the same restaurant group as Ceiba) or Lima but both are right in the walk. Maybe someone else has been. And I don't think those flavors would be too off from what you are eating.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Brasserie Beck was going to be my recommendation. It is pretty loud though so you should take that into consideration.

        I don't think Butterfield 9 is that far away. I always like their soups as appetizers but their menu changes often.

        Another place to consider would be Equinox. Or if you can time it correctly you might be able to get to Taberna del Alberdero and take part in their tapas happy hour special.

      2. Only in Washington, DC would a person read this (like I did) and think "progressive politically" and I wasn't entirely sure what that meant. :)