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What is your favorite DC foodie restaurant?

Being relatively new to the area and having two small children has greatly limited my husband and I's ability to dine out. We've being to Obelisk twice and loved it. What should our next stop be? Cost and cuisine aren't an issue. Something in the same vein as Obelisk where food is always the focus and the wine list is decent. I've searched the board and found 20 or so odd restaurants that seem to be popular answers to the "I only have 3 days in DC...where should I eat?" question. I'd just rather go somewhere that is almost always spot on for cooking since our alone time for meals is limited. If you could mention whether the restaurant is upscale/business casual or dressy (ie. jacket) attire, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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  1. CityZen, Palena, or Citronelle. All on the dressy side. Not sure if Citronelle requires jackets (but I would). The others do not.

    1. KOMI. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Just go. Now.

      My wife and I ate at The Inn at Little Washington a few weeks ago (I still owe the board a review), and while the experience was magical, and with all due respect earned and deserved ten thousand times over to IALW, the food at Komi is sublime.

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      1. re: GyroBall

        I second KOMI. It is upscale/business casual and expensive but worth it. Delicious and interesting cuisine.

      2. I think the first thing we would really need to know in answering this question is what do you mean by a "foodie restaurant". The replies I have seen, gives me the indication that we are talking about more upscale "foodie" restaurants. But...for me, most of the foodie restaurants are not upscale. My favorites for DC..."If I only have 3 days in DC...where should I eat"....(1) Ben's Chili Bowl, (2) Florida Avenue Grill, and (3) 2 Amy's. Outside of DC, in Northern VA or Suburban MD....there are a lot more. My favorites are: (1) Mark's Duck House in Falls Church, (2) Four Sisters in Falls Church/Fairfax, (3) Urban BBQ in Rockville, Maryland, and (4) Bombay Bistro in Fairfax, Virginia. I hope that helps.

        1. Not DC, but in Old Town Alexandria you should definitely go to Restaurant Eve.

          1. Not only is Komi my favorite in DC. It likely holds first place as my favorite anywhere.
            French Laundry, Babbo, Jean George, Manresa, etc etc.