Mediocre meal in Dupont/Logan Circle?
I'm definitely trying to *not* impress someone, and as part of the nights "festivities" I need to go to a so-so/mediocre restaurant.
Not a bad restaurant, just a mediocre one. Like the middle ground between The Diner and Tryst.
And preferably not a chain.
And money is no object.
aiming to underwhelm,
This is one of the more bizarre requests I've seen on here :)
How about Vapiano, Grillfish (I get take out from there a lot but its nothing overly special and the service is usually pretty disappointing), Luna (is it Grill or Diner?) or Mei Wai. All are so-so, nothing special, but not a total waste. I go to all of them because they are in my neighborhood....but I would never expect to take anyone to any of these places, especially if I wanted to impress them.
You have so many choices in Dupont/Logan! I think this area is very lacking. Here are some suggestions...
Luna Cafe (the one on P & 17)--I always describe this place as so-so, eh or medicore
Dupont Italian Kitchen
Cosi ( :) )
I can go on and on...
Please tell us why...a date you feel obligated to go on? Trying to end things with someone? My nosiness is kicking in!
Yeah, the food pretty much sucks. LT and all the other restaurants in this group basically have lousy--uninspiring--dishes. It's the same menu at all these places with a twist. However, the owners are smart because they create cozy atmospheres, and go into locations with very few other options around them (and move in early on...Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, West End). Thus, out of default and building an early connection to the restaurant--not to the bad food--people come back.
Seriously, it's hard to avoid mediocre in Dupont and Logan Circle. You are better off asking what the good restaurants are and avoiding them. Although, I would say that some of the places listed here--fox and hounds, front page, dupont italian kitchen, among them---are not mediocre; they are disgusting.
Try Laurial Plaza or Sette Osteria.
If you are in the mood for the absurd head for Bucca di Peppo. Now that is some mediocre food.