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Aug 4, 2008 01:55 PM

BYO Dinner after matinee at the Academy of Music - need help

Friends are coming in from Northern VA to see Spamalot. They're dying to go to a BYO and we don't want to have to move the car. Any kind of food/price is OK. Any suggestions?

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  1. Well a lot depends on what you consider walking distance. Branzino about 3 blocks away on 17th st. They have decent Italian. We haven't been in a while though so you might want to check the reviews.

    Apamate is a fun tapas place on South near 16th. It would be about 6 blocks.

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    1. re: joluvscards

      Branzino is excellent. We eat there frequently. It's on 17th, just north of Spruce St. Make a reservation.
      I think it's the best BYOB within walking distance.

    2. Also close by, and one that I think is generally underated, is Mercato on Spruce between 12th and 13th.

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      1. re: Hendi

        I agree, Mercato is a great choice.

      2. La Viola on 16th Street is a short walk, and the food is yummy and moderately priced, especially for that neighborhood.

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        1. re: doxiemom

          Be aware that La Viola can be very crowded and very noisy. Excellent food, though.

        2. Bistro la Baia (6-7 blocks)
          Lolita (2-3 blocks)
          La Fontana Della Citta (4-5 blocks)

          1. How about "Upstairs at Vareles"? Just across the street. Very good food.

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            1. re: dmstype

              I don't think Upstares at Varalli is a BYOB.

              1. re: drjane

                It's not, and I don't think the food is very good either.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  If you like sushi/Japanese, I highly recommend Misso (1326 Spruce Street). It's literally 3 blocks away.