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whimsey Nov 4, 2009 10:59 AM

Hi Hounds,
I need some advice. I'll be visiting for a weekend and have the chance for one dinner out without th kids. On previous trips, I've had several good experiences at CityZen, had some great food at the Eve Tasting Room and Komi, and have had decent meals at Jaleo and Colvin Run. This time I'm hoping to find something that is a little more laid-back than the first three, but still delivers on the food (more than the last two). I don't get out as much as I used to, so every meal counts!
I've scanned through postings on the board and the Post Dining Guide, but I'm having trouble narrowing down to the right place. Obelisk, Paleo, and Corduroy all sound good, among others, and I just can't decide.
So where should I go next?
Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Jaleo
480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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    Steve RE: whimsey Nov 4, 2009 11:13 AM

    I love going to the Lounge at Citronelle. Food to rival your first three, yet not formal, no reservations needed, and you order a la carte. From their onlne Lounge menu, I recommend the soup, the escargot, the mushroom cigars, the tuna napoleon, and the strawberry cocktail for dessert, a must order.

    wwww.citronelledc.com

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    Citronelle
    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

    1. DanielK RE: whimsey Nov 4, 2009 11:25 AM

      I don't think you can lose with Obelisk, Palena, or Corduroy! I think all are reasonably comparable in tone and cost.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        foodtrip RE: DanielK Nov 4, 2009 12:53 PM

        I second everything DanielK said!

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        Elyssa RE: whimsey Nov 4, 2009 01:07 PM

        I think you mean Palena. The cafe part of Palena is very laid back and delicious but no reservations. The fancier backroom is pretty formal.

        Still I think for a more laid back environment with top notch food you might enjoy Corduroy. Obelisk is also very good and for a pre-fix menu type place it's very laid back and not overly formal (I've seen people in nice jeans before).

        If you are looking for something very different you can try Central. It has a more bistro environment compared to the others. A fun restaurant with an open kitchen. It's not quiet and subdued by any stretch of the imagination but the food is some of the best in the city.

        2 other places to consider are PS7 and Proof.

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        PS7 Restaurant
        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          mselectra RE: whimsey Nov 4, 2009 01:22 PM

          I'm feeling Proof for this one -- is it one of the ones you've considered? Just somehow seems like what you're asking for, to me. http://www.proofdc.com/

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          Proof
          775 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

          1. littlew1ng RE: whimsey Nov 4, 2009 01:58 PM

            If you're a wine-drinker proof is definitely the way to go.

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              whimsey RE: whimsey Nov 5, 2009 01:29 PM

              Thanks everyone! I hadn't identified Proof as a possibility, but the menu sounds great, and we're most certainly wine drinkers. I appreciate the advice!

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