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Anniversary trip for foodies, only three weeks out! help!

My husband and I are going to DC for our anniversary on labor day and we love food. We wanted to go to mini bar... but obviously screwed up and didn't make reservations in time at this point. We want to go to an amazing (expensive is ok) place for dinner that different than the usual meat with fancy stuff on a plate we get in restaurants in Raleigh. All the amazing places seem to fill up a month in advance. Where should we go and we can still get in in three weeks? We're also open for fun and different places that are more hole in the wall and less fancy for other meals.

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  1. Komi, Proof, Granville Moore's, Coco Sala, Central, Brasserie Beck, Matchbox, Rasika are a few suggestions. They are all very different from one another, and I love all of them. My suggestion is to google them and see what looks most appealing to you...
    Have fun...

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    1. Jaleo (tapas), Zlatynia (middle eastern small plates), Granville Moore's or Brazzerie Beck (mouiles and pomme frites, beers), Cieba (pan latin), Eat First (chinatown hong kong style without much style but great chinese), Matchbox, Cafe Atlantico sunday brunch, Central

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      1. re: dining with doc

        Hey dining -- I hope you don't mind my reply -- I've been copyediting today and just came on here for a little break and can't resist -- since OP may want to look these places up and correct spelling could help:

        Zaytinya, Brasserie Beck (moules), Ceiba

        (I'm not endorsing or panning suggestions, just copy-editing -- but, fyi OP, they seem more for the "fun and different" than replacement for minibar request -- and may I add, DC has great Ethiopian restaurants, which fits your request for hole in the wall less fancy and, I'm assuming, not like Raleigh).

          1. re: mselectra

            Yeah, Ethiopian would be awesome too! Can you recommend one?

            1. re: littlepotsticker

              Most people are saying Etete is their go to place for Ethiopian. I've seen a few for Dukem as well.

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                The best Ethiopian ever is at Red Sea on 18th Street in Adams Morgan- try their Vegetarian mesob for 2. It's super yummy and super cheap, too - 2 eat for under $20 a healthy, tasty meal!

        1. Hands down Chef Table at Teatro Goldoni. 15+ courses. Same price as mini bar. Do a search and you will see my review and a couple of others.

          1. we got a very last-minute reservation at the inn at little washington and had an amazing and very special meal there...though it's a bit outside of DC, it's a unique and memorable experience. I highly recommend it.

            1. I'm glad you posted this. I will also be in DC over Labor Day coming from the Triangle. Though my significant other said she didn't want to pay that much for Minibar. I think we are trying to base it around what our schedule will be like. Right now I'm looking at Obelisk or Equinox for at least one evening. We want to hit up Eastern Market and as much as I've heard raves about the Toasted Marshmallow shakes at Spike's joint... I don't think we'll get to them. I loved Jaleo last time I was there since I don't think any place in the Triangle really does a good representation of tapas. Though the Cafe Atlantico Latino dim sum brunch looks great. I've seen a lot of recommendations for CitiZen, Central, and Marcel's. I've been wondering about Art and Soul (though it is Southern food). Good luck! And if you want to see my thread...

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