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Jul 8, 2008 10:33 AM

Dining for men

Hi, my dad, brother and husband will be visiting D.C. Can anyone recommend some restaurants that they would enjoy? Nothing frou-frou and yes, they're carnivores. I see a lot of recommendations but they are in publications that might not match their tastes. They will be in town for 4 days so they would enjoy variety.


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  1. It would be helpful to know what their tastes are, so, you know, we could match them.

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    1. re: reiflame

      Yes, that would be helpful huh? Italian, steak, and southern style. A good wine list would also be great. Thanks!

    2. For steak I would suggest Charlie Palmer's Steak House or Prime Rib (but be aware that at Prime Rib men have to wear a jacket...totally worth it though!).

      For traditional red Italian they might enjoy Filomena in Georgetown. For more rustic Italian check out Dinos in Cleveland Park.

      They can grab pizza at Pizza Paradisio (in Dupont and Georgetown) or at Sette Osteria (in Dupont...also has good pasta, chautecerie etc).

      For good, casual seafood have them check out Hank's Oyster Bar. For higher end I hear that Black Salt is good.

      Brasserie Beck has excellent Belgium cuisine with an amazing beer list.

      Other places they might like: Acadiana, Ceiba, or Creme.

      And if they are looking for something a little more trendy/popular have them check out Central or Proof (especially if they are into wine).

      1. How about a crab feast at the Quarterdeck in Arlington? Certainly not frou-frou and its quite the carnivore experience (albeit not red meat, ripping animals apart should qualify, no?)

        1. Ray's the Steaks in Arlington. it's a favorite of locals and definitely not frou-frou – don't have to worry about wearing a jacket or maybe even pants. i think i've seen men in shorts there before.

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          1. re: littlew1ng

            This is where I was thinking too, but I was going to see what types of food they tend to enjoy. But yes it screams manly man to me. And if it is too busy go next door and get a hell burger...

          2. Raw Meat - Ethiopian on U-Street - Dukem/Etete
            Steak - Ray's the Steaks, Capital Grille
            Burgers - 5 Guys, and apparently Hell Burger

            Wings? Fried Chicken?
            Tex Mex?