Need Recommendation for Boss
Help! My boss is visiting DC for business (from LA) and is looking for a dinner recommendation. I used to live in DC but have lost touch with the latest and greatest in the dining scene over the years. I need a few places to recommend that are somewhat near the vicinity of SEC headquarters. I had wanted to suggest Vidalia, but that will probably be too dressy-uppy after a day with a goverment agency. Can anyone recommend a great place to eat in that area that has a more laid back atmosphere?
If he's there on a weekend, Johnny's Half Shell would be my rec. On top of great food, on Sat nights they have a killer jazz gig that is easily one of the most underrated music deals in DC. Plus, if you're into it, you'll see a lot of folks who work across the street. Cashion and Fulchino are running a star studded wonderland in that regard.
IF they have the Texas Crabs on the menu, just order them. You can thank me later.
I would recommend Charlie Palmer's or Bistro Bis. Both are great, depending on what you're looking for. Charlie Palmer's is a steakhouse, but not pretentious or stuffy like some. Bistro Bis is French and actually the sister restaurant of Vidalia.
Art and Soul is a new restaurant in that area by Art Smith, Oprah's former chef. I haven't been yet but have heard great things.