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b-more 'hound venturing down to DC

This Sunday my parents are taking me out for a celebratory dinner, and would like to dine in DC. Being rather Baltimore-centric, I hardly ever venture down that way, but my sister lives down there. We're looking for something nice but not overly expensive. Sister has suggested: Cork, Majestic, Beck, Hook, and Founding Farmers. Thoughts on preferences amoung these? Other places to consider? Thanks!

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  1. I would go to The Majestic (although it is not in DC-proper, in Old Town Alexandria) or Beck.

    1. Out of your sister's list I would pick Brasserie Beck.

      1. I assume the person who is being celebrated is you. So what is it you want to eat (cuisine-wise)? Without knowing your preference, it's kind of hard to pick from your sister's choices as well as make suggestions about other restaurants. Also, it helps to know what is the budget and whether boozing is to be included.

        1. My first choice would be Central. Go for the 'faux' gras and rillettes combo to start. Food here is very filling. Hard to go wrong from soft shell crabs to fried chicken to tuna burgers and beyond. Sid eof mac andcheese has more calories than ten dinners. Lobster burgers seem to disappoint many, though.

          Of those listed, Beck is a great Belgian place, focus on the starters of potoato gratin with pork belly, liver parfait, and brussel sprouts. Again, food here is rich and filling, so be careful not to overorder.

          Founding Farmers is nice, nothing special.

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          1. re: Steve

            you would have been better off with a little more notice. central and most of these places will be tough to get a reservation.

            1. re: elegantelliot

              I really like Founding Farmers for delicious comfort food and it's atmosphere- Get the carrot cake! And I also like Beck. you cannot go wrong, IMO.

              1. re: elegantelliot

                Central is available through Open Table.

                Not so much competition on Sunday night. Or maybe it's the economy?

                1. re: Steve

                  Sunday most anywhere shouldn't be too hard (but do call soon). Sister has good ideas. I have yet to hit a coupla those places - but they're on the list.

            2. Out of your original choices, I would choose Founding Farmers or Beck, and in that order. Both are great and not overly expensive. I also like Hook a lot.
              Majestic, IMO, is ok, but nothing great (I know, I am the minority on this one!). And Cork, well, I think it's completely overrated and I've been there numerous times and happen to LOVE wine bars.

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              1. re: joann.hill12

                ME TOO! We thought Cork was not all that. I was like huh?? but then, i don't like central either and everyone swoons over it!!