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Need suggestions for EV/LES Dinner Tonite for Friend with "Issues"

TerryG Aug 11, 2009 09:19 AM

We're staying with friends in the EV and want to take them to a nice dinner tonite. The husband is el cheapo and is unhappy going to a place that isn't budget priced or where there is no kind of deal (even if he is being taken out). He will sulk if the portions are small and/or there is a perception of poor value. He tends to go to the same places over and over: Polonia, Cucina de Pesce, kebab house.

We are here visiting from North Carolina and would like something more interesting or special. He doesn't like fish or sushi. Italian would be good. Any good prix fixes these days? Other ideas? $20 - 25 pp would be good -- could go to $30 - 35pp for something really unique. But it has to be way delicious and fill our stomachs.

  1. egit Aug 11, 2009 09:25 AM

    The Redhead would work. You won't leave hungry, and the entrees are mostly under $20.

    1. JungMann Aug 11, 2009 09:58 AM

      You might consider the prix fixe at Shang tonight. It's $35 for 3 courses. Gyu-kaku is another place to keep on your radar nearby.

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      1. re: JungMann
        craig_g Aug 11, 2009 11:25 AM

        Apiary also has a $35 prix fix and the portions are generous. But while it qualifies as delicious, I wouldn't call it unique.

      2. princeofpork Aug 11, 2009 12:48 PM

        Try Cafecito on 11th and C. Big portions, good food and reasonable prices.

        1. misnatalie Aug 11, 2009 02:35 PM

          Many places are still participating in Restaurant week with $35 prix fixe dinners. Go to open table to see who is participating. http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...

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            randymac88 Aug 11, 2009 08:47 PM

            You can't beat Max for italian.

            1. Spends Rent on Food Aug 12, 2009 05:01 AM

              It's not italian, but I think The Smith would have something for everyone. It is reasonably priced and in my view is 'way delicious'.

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              1. re: Spends Rent on Food
                princeofpork Aug 12, 2009 05:49 AM

                Great call in The Smith. Everyone can find something to eat there and the prices are reasonable. Try the Brussels sprout side, its delicious.

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