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Restaurant for graduation - have specific requirements

Hello,

I am looking for a restaurant to celebrate a graduation. These are the priorities (in no particular order):

- metro accessible (I do not have a car)
- most entrees in the 15-20 range
- no italian, but other cuisines are good (love greek and mexican especially)
- good for a group of 8
- a more "fun" ambiance --- no hate quiet / formal places
- nothing pretentious or particularly fancy (IE, foie gras, although delicious, probably shouldn't appear on the menu)
- graduate loves meat (skirt steak, carne asada, short ribs, etc)

Any ideas???
The graduate loves the Cheesecake Factory, but I want something different for the special occasion.

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Columbia Firehouse in Old Town. You can take metro to the King St station and hop the free trolley down to St. Asaph (about 10 or so blocks for those who like to walk).

    1. Guajillo in Rosslyn or perhaps Cava on Capitol Hill?

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Guajillo is a great choice on the Mexican side. On the Greek side, would you consider Zaytinya? It might skew a little pricey, but has a really fun atmosphere and doesn't necessarily have to cost a ton, and is great for groups with the sharing of the mezze. I wonder if they'd have group rates where you could order a bunch of things in advance to keep costs reasonable.

      2. How about Bistro du Coin in Dupont Circle? Call ahead to see if you can reserve a table. The graduate can get the delicious steak frites.

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Another vote for Bistro du Coin! Such a bustling, lively (but not not deafening) place with great food, great service and reasonable prices. I love it!

        2. Lebanese Taverna at the Woodley Park Metro.
          Mama Ayesha's also near Woodley Park Metro.
          Commonwealth Gastropub at the Columbia Heights metro.
          Ray's the Steaks/Classics (both metro accessible).

            1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

              My last meal there was pretty horrible. Has it gotten better? I think at the price point, unless things at Lt have improved, there are better choices.

              1. re: dcandohio

                I ate there a week or so ago and it was pretty darn good for the price point. Better than Bistro Du Coin IMO. I still prefer Logan Tavern's brunch.

            2. Clyde's in Gallery Place
              Bistro du Coin in Dupont
              Tonic in Foggy Bottom
              Congrats! have a fun day!

              1. How about Mi Rancho Mexican restaurant in Silver Spring. I know it's in the burbs, but it's only a few blocks from the Silver Spring Metro stop. I always find the atmosphere there very festive. If the weather is nice, you can eat out on the covered patio. The food is well done classic Tex Mex cuisine and prices are reasonable.

                Here's a link to their menu with prices.
                http://washingtondc.menupages.com/res...

                Congrats and have fun.