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A restaurant like Nora and Bistrot Lepic?

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My 60-something mother's birthday is coming up and our family is looking for a new restaurant to try. She LOVES Nora and Bistrot Lepic and we are looking for something in the same vein.... delicious food, warm atmosphere, a menu that is not too fancy, but has some pizzaz. Price is not an issue, but we don't want snotty food. We all love to eat and cook in our family and our looking for a place that makes a lot of simple ingredients. Any ideas??

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  1. Have you ever been to the Tabard Inn? That might fit the bill.

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    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    1. How about Cashion's or Johnny's half shell?

      1. I just mentioned the Morrison Clark Hotel for Thanksgiving dinner in another post but you might want to try it for quality, upscale southern cooking in a lovely dining room. It is elegant and old fashioned but I don't find it stuffy at all. It is reasonable for the quality of the food I've had there over the years. i would say its somewhat comparable in atmosphere to Nora and much quieter than Lepic. Alternatively you could try Restaurant Eve in Old Town, but I'm not sure from your post if you would consider that too fancy. http://www.morrisonclark.com/morrison...

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        Morrison Clark Restaurant
        1015 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001