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How's my Itinerary looking?

Hi fellow hounds -

Austin/NYC hound here coming to DC to celebrate my 40th with my dad, husband and others.

So far I've made dinner reservations at the following:

Sat (1st night) - Etete
Sun - cooking in
Mon - Rasika
Tues - Corduroy
Wed - Minibar
Thurs - CityZen
Fri (last night) - Komi

Is this a good mix - is there anything I am truly going to be sad I missed? Was considering also Obelisk, PS7's, Proof and Eve - but can't think of what I'd cut frankly. Oh, to have more time!


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  1. Can we dine together? Just kidding, your list looks great! Enjoy! I recommend you eating lunch at Eve, They have an amazing deal where you get 2 courses for $13!

    I would swap Etete out for Charlie Palmers Steakhouse, Call in advance and ask to go up to rooftop terrace to see the view. It is a truly amazing view of the Capitol.

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    1. re: Jeremy303

      no offense Jeremy, but Austin and NYC have great steak - no one has Ethiopian like here in the US. maybe hit Palmer's for a drink and the view, but to swap out dinner? I can't agree.

      but it is a stunning view.

      1. re: hill food

        good point about NYC Steakhouses, In fact I would love to have a Peter Lugers steak right now, I More so suggested Charlie Palmers because of the rooftop view, I did recently have 2 excellent meals there also.

      2. re: Jeremy303

        The Lickity-Split lunch at Eve is one of the best lunches you will find in the DC area, but it is available ONLY at the bar. Any two items from the bar menu for $13.50. The identical two items, if you choose to sit in the Bistro instead of the bar, will tack upwards of $20-25 onto your tab, per person. Caveat emptor.

        And just my $.02 but instead of Rasika, I'd head to Palena (try for the cafe and order off the back room menu) to sample Frank Ruta's genious.

      3. Um ya.....can I please come along! This is an awesome eating itinerary. You are certainly hitting up some of the best DC has to offer and you did your research.

        Personally I wouldn't change anything. I think there are other great places PS7 in particular---but you already have a really good list and variety of different types of meals.

        Happy Birthday! Have fun and make sure to report back.

        1. I will GLADLY act as tour guide in exchange for dinners:) I recently took out of town friends to Proof for late afternoon wine/cheese. The selection is excellent. I agree about getting a rooftop view if you can. The city is stunning at night.

          1. potluck — see if you can add drinks at the W hotel rooftop terrace before hitting corduory or rasika (it should be a pretty reasonable walk or cab ride from there). the view is really amazing and, like these folks are saying, the city is truly breathtaking at night, and the W has an incredible view.

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            1. re: littlew1ng

              Been looking for an idea like this - thanks for the tip - some friends have tried to hit Rasika twice without luck.

            2. Have you ever had Ethiopian? Are you trying Etete out of curiosity? In my opinion, Ethiopian food is not particularly good and Etete just isn't in the same class as the other restaurants you picked out. If you're just curious about Ethiopian food, then I agree with the above poster to try it for lunch. In substitution, you can round out your list of the very best with Citronelle.

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              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                I agree.

                OP. please report back. There can't be too many people who have tried Minibar, Cityzen and Komi on three successive nights (or if there are they aren't the kind of people who would let me know what they thought).

                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                  Ethiopian food is great, And Etete is much better than chowhound approved Rasika.

                2. I wouldn't change a thing, except perhaps Ethiopian unless you like Ethiopian. I wouldn't touch anything else! Looks like an amazing week and a really fun time for your birthday, congratulations and happy birthday.

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                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    OP again,

                    Ok, based on the board's lackluster response to my choice of Ethiopian, I just made a reservation for Saturday at PS7's as a replacement for Etete on that first Saturday. It's fairly close to our apartment (1.5 miles) so a quick cab ride and http://www.chow.com/images/button-pos... think the menu looks great.

                  2. OP here,

                    Thanks everyone for the responses. I am very excited for our trip!

                    I like the idea of getting drinks with a view before dinner - Tuesday is my actual birthday, so maybe bubbly at the W before dinner @ Corduroy.

                    As for the Etete choice - a number of us will be traveling to DC on Saturday so just wanted something not too over the top that night (i.e. Citronelle) and thought trying Ethiopian (since DC has such a large pop.) would be interesting and low key. I've had Ethiopian once - but probably 15 years ago when I lived in Boston. It was fine, nothing mindblowing for sure. Is there anyplace casual/low key that you'd recommend nearish to Union Sation (where the apartment we're renting is located)?

                    Palena looks interesting, but from their website it seems as if they are closed on Mondays - so can't sub for Rasika. I found a number of my choices were closed on Monday - which sort of drove the choice of Rasika. I also have an email request in to Sushi Taro for seats at the bar (we are only 3 people on Monday). No one there has gotten back to me yet though and they don't reserve the bar via phone - so I have low hopes.

                    Thanks again everyone for the feedback! I will be sure to report back after our trip in late October.

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                    1. re: potluck

                      I really love Rasika, and as much as I love Palena, and I do, the food style is something more typical that you could get at many places in NYC (but I realize you can get pretty much anything there), I would stick with Rasika. Although I haven't been in the past couple months to Rasika.

                      Make sure you reserve for the bar at the W, although not summer so it probably won't be packed right now it has been difficult to get into sans reservation.

                      Near union station Johnny's on the Half Shell has more low key seafood. Nearish I really like Sonoma which is more casual Italian (but a couple really good fish dishes which originated at Hook and transferred with the Chef, who now isn't as into seafood which is a shame because that was his strong suit... complicated, but good fish), and I really like their house made charcuterie and the cheese board with a group.

                      Bistro Bis is close with good French, but it is a little rich with all your upcoming meals, good, but rich food.

                      Brasserie Beck isn't too far away and has good Belgian food and a great beer list (with thoughtful wine too), I really like their mussels and their chocolate mousse cake dessert. They have big portions though fyi I normally don't order all three courses there.

                      1. re: ktmoomau

                        Good recs (I'm not sure I would describe Johnny's as "low key", but maybe it's relative). Art and Soul is convenient to Union Station. Granville Moore's (more mussels/fries/beer) is also nearish Union Station but in a somewhat more sketchy direction.

                    2. Great List.

                      If you're going to cut i'd say that Corduroy and Cityzen are pretty much interchangeable with Eve and PS7.

                      1. Please be sure to report back to us about your experience at each of these restaurants. Enjoy!

                        1. Great itinerary! Just to add, The Lickety Split lunch at Eve is terrific, but it is only M-F. You could go for a relatively early lunch and still have room for dinner out. Old Town is quite a nice town to stroll around too with many shops and sites to see.

                          Definitely call The W Hotel to get a reservation at POV-better safe than sorry.
                          Last, I always recommend a trip to the Old Ebbitt Grill because it's iconic and does a decent lunch, breakfast or brunch.