Pitt hound in need of help
I am looking for some suggestions for DC dining options that would satisfy my adventurous spirit and appeal to my less adventurous (picky) other half. We are planning a long weekend in August and will stay at the Hotel Monaco downtown. I'm pretty familiar with the city and we'll be doing the usual musuems/Georgetown/sightseeing routine. I'll eat anything, he likes more traditional fare. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
I can't give you specific words or phrases to search on, but browse through the topic titles posted on this board over the last month. Your request is very common (including your hotel neighborhood and the picky S.O. factor), and has been touched on extensively.
Enjoy your stay!
Wow, you're in a great location. Make sure you dine or have drinks in Poste, located in your hotel. Down the street from there is Oyamel, which has a very unique Mexican menu -- from crickets to squash blossoms. You should also consider Central, Michel Richards new restaurant, and CityZen, both of which just won James Beard Awards. Next to the White House is The Willard Intercontinental Hotel. It has an outdoor cafe called Cafe du Parc, which is great for people watching during lunch, and one of my favorite bars inside, The Round Robin. To dine with politicans, consider The Bombay Club behind the White House or The Capital Grill on Pennsylvania Ave. Finally, an unusual recommendation would be to try the Ghana Cafe on Adams Morgan (very traditional dishes) or Lalibela on 14th St. for traditional Ethiopian fare.
The easy answer to your difficult situation is Central. Reservations are probably necessary. A bistro that has hamburgers, steak, and all kinds of exquisite, challenging French and American inspired choices. The food here is highly creative, just don't tell your husband that, and he won't notice.
I recommend the fried chicken, the 'faux' gras, soft shell crabs, the short ribs of beef. Almost nothing is disappointing on the menu, though many feel the lobster burger is not worth it. A side of mac n' cheese here is killer.
Proof is a great choice. it's a wine bar AND a really great restaurant. I know most people really likes Central but i dont...and if you don't have a high tolerance for EXTREMELY NOISY and chaotic venues, you might not either. i don't want to start a Central debate here, just my 2 cents worth.
enjoy your stay!