Clubby restaurants in DC?
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
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.
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/
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.
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.