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Salad, seafood, and...stingy?

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I've got a long-lost friend from high school who will be in town and wants to meet up for dinner in downtown DC (she's staying at Farragut).

Her requests - salad or seafood, but not expensive.

These parameters aren't bringing a lot to mind, at least in terms of places I like to take people to show off DC. Any ideas?

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  1. I don't really know the area too well, but I think both Cafe Asia and Wasabi could be good options, assuming that "seafood" includes sushi for her (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't). Both are located by the Farragut North metro, and Cafe Asia has (or had, I haven't been in a while) a great happy hour on the weekdays with $1 nigiri and drink specials.

    1. If you are at Farragut North you are with in walking distance to Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont. They have both seafood and salads (although probably more of the appetizer variety). Not overly pricey either...plus, they have outdoor seating :)

      If she is into mussels you can try to mussels and frites at Brasserie Beck.

      And in Metro Center area you can go to Bistro D'Oc for affordable french cuisine. They have a great goat cheese salad and usually 2 or 3 fish dishes including mussels.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Thanks, guys. I ended up suggesting Wasabi, Hanks or Chef Geoff's and we're doing Wasabi.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Well, just because she doesn't want something expensive does not mean she's stingy. It's hard economics times, you know, and many people in other areas are really getting hit hard.

          On that note, Grillfish is pretty reasonable in the West End. Also, if you go early, you could hit up McCormick's & Schmit's happy hour. Great deal on some seafood and salad options.

          I find Hank's to be a little pricey, but I know you LOVE this place.

          1. re: Jacey

            I think Grillfish is also a good idea...although I've had service issues there in the past. But they do have outdoor seating which is really nice.

            For the record---I don't know if you were answering to my post, but I never called her friend stingy. I made my recommendations based on "not expensive" line. Of course "not expensive" means lots of different things to different people.