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Clubby restaurants in DC?

canyon Jul 23, 2009 11:24 AM

I'm from LA and we have a famous old clubby restaurant called Musso and Frank Gille, started in 1917/1919. For anyone out there familair with both LA and the capitol, is there a DC equivalent to Musso's? Are the old hotels a good place to look? I'm going to visit DC for the first time in September and I'm trying to decide where to go. Thanks in advance.JEJ

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  1. tcamp RE: canyon Jul 23, 2009 01:39 PM

    Though I am from LA, I've never been to M&F but I gather you're looking for unique atmosphere. For me, the Hay Adams hotel bar has it in spades. Right across Lafayette park from the whitehouse, this is a very unique, DC spot. Stop by for a cocktail. View from the rooftop deck is spectacular but I've only been there for special events so I don't know if is open on a regular basis.


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      Lauman RE: canyon Jul 23, 2009 02:54 PM

      I also grew up in LA, but haven't been to M&F. I think that the Jockey Club in the Fairfax Hotel, at least in its heyday, may have been what you're looking for. It was renovated in the last few years and I have not been there since, so not sure how much of a 'clubby' atmosphere it retains. http://www.thejockeyclub-dc.com/

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        deangold RE: Lauman Jul 23, 2009 06:22 PM

        Prime Rib and 1789 cone to mind but they just don't ahve the funk of M&F. Nor the endless menu of things out of the freezer either! Old time LA guy here who went to M&F before it was a hipster hangout.

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        canyon RE: canyon Jul 23, 2009 09:20 PM

        Dear Deangold, We laffed and laffed. We "dig" you! We've been going to M&F for MANY, MANY years and eat their house salad, their bread, their ravioli and their Diplomat pudding. M&F is unique because it's possible to have an echt LA experience and still spend less than $30+drinks at the bar. I checked out the Jockey Club menu: that's serious money. The Chateau Marmont is less expensive than the Jockey Club.

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          Lowbar RE: canyon Jul 24, 2009 05:36 PM

          If you "dig" deangold go to his restaurant while you're in town...http://www.dino-dc.com/

          I don't think I'd call it clubby...but we love it, as does the greater chowhound community.

          3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

        2. Bill on Capitol Hill RE: canyon Jul 24, 2009 12:03 AM

          If you're looking for dinner and not just drinks ... Capital Grille (even though it is a chain) or Old Ebbitt have the atmosphere. The Monocle is maybe closer in spirit. But I don't think there's a great all-around equivalent.

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          1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill
            alkapal RE: Bill on Capitol Hill Jul 25, 2009 04:27 AM

            bill, is there any time the old ebbitt is not mobbed by tourists these days?

          2. ktmoomau RE: canyon Jul 24, 2009 06:34 AM

            I assume you are looking for like the old men's club style of place.

            I think the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Intercontinental really has that feel you can get food there they used to serve meals from their other restaurant, now it would just be Cafe Du Parc, which isn't as old school as the Willard Room. They do have great mint juleps.

            That's the only place I can think of not already mentioned.

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              alkapal RE: ktmoomau Jul 25, 2009 04:28 AM

              was just at the round robin. i didn't get the sense there of the atmosphere sought by the OP.

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                Teddybear RE: alkapal Jul 25, 2009 09:13 AM

                I was there two weeks ago and agree -- it's so small and crowded. Good service though.

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                  alkapal RE: Teddybear Jul 25, 2009 03:07 PM

                  i think we had 4 different waiters in the span of a couple of hours.

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              dining with doc RE: canyon Jul 25, 2009 08:02 PM

              The Palm

              1. tommyskitchen RE: canyon Jul 27, 2009 07:52 AM

                mmmm Musso and Frank's - I remember it well. Went back around '99 and wasn't as good as it was in the 70s and 80s. One of the few places one can still find Welsh Rarebit on the menu......

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