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so as is usual for me, celebrating my birthday will happen on a february friday night - which for me as a catholic means i have to eat no meat or i won't enjoy it because of the guilt (no meat on fridays in lent)! so this year is my 35th and i'd like to do something fun. any suggestions? will probably just be my husband and i but doesn't need to be romantic - we have fun sitting at the bar often. just someplace with good food, good drinks, and a nice atmosphere. i'm always stumped on seafood in this town.

i'm considering the catfish at comfort with shrimp and grits first but was hoping for other ideas! :) thanks!

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  1. We like to sit at the bar, too - not all the time, but sometimes I just don't like the formality of THE table. And of course, it helps when it's a nice bar with a good bartender!

    Does it have to be seafood, or just meatless? If the latter, you'll have a lot more options with ethnic places or even just pasta dishes. I'm stumped by seafood here, too. It just seems like there should be more of it (bodies of water are not that far away!)

    Anyway, we stopped at Davis & Main for the first time, Friday after work - just for drinks. We really liked the bar, the space, seemed like a lot of regulars there. And half-priced martinis - good deal. We didn't eat, though, but the menu looked like it had something for everyone.

    Other favorite sit-at-the-bar places:
    Brio (I know, it's a chain, but...really nice eating bar)
    Azzurro
    The Jefferson (just for apps before moving on elsewhere)

    Favorite bars, but haven't eaten *at the bar* there
    Bacchus
    Avalon
    Tobacco Co
    Havana

    Sorry, I guess that really didn't answer your question, but we're barflies, what can I say? ;-)

    Oh, we went to Barrel Thief for the first time a few weeks ago; had some great glasses of wine and tapas for dinner. Now that was fun!

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. re: VaPaula

      I like sitting at the bar at Mamm Zu and they do a great rockfish there and usually have at least one other fish option plus zuppa di pesce, calamari, and other seafood dishes. Kuba Kuba also has a bar/counter and they had a whole bass as one of their specials last Friday. Both have great views of the kitchen so you can watch the action.

      Can Can also does fish pretty well. Lots of choices on their menu.

      1. re: hopkid

        and hopkid - those are good choices that might work. thanks.

      2. re: VaPaula

        good choices for other days. but it needs at least seafood, my hubby will NOT do veggie. :)

        1. re: AMFM

          My favorite place for (non-fried) seafood is Edo's Squid...but on Friday nights it generally is packed...they take reservations. The bar is small and for another night would probably be fine to eat there but my guess is that may be a challenge on a Friday.

      3. Why not do Croaker's Spot?

        http://www.croakersspot.com/

        I've searched high and low and haven't found anything other than rave reviews about this hole-in-the-wall seafood n' soul place. People drive down from D.C. just to eat here.

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        1. re: mikeh

          i keep meaning to get there. hadn't thought of it for that night but if not will be a lent must do.

          1. re: AMFM

            I haven't been there in a while, but last time I ate at The Hard Shell I thought the seafood was pretty good. Like Mama Zu, Edo's usually has a good fish special and some amazing pastas you could get with it. I'll also second the Croaker's Spot suggestion.

          2. re: mikeh

            i second croaker's spot. :) yummy cornbread!