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Restaurant for graduation - have specific requirements

lili2u356 Mar 10, 2010 11:10 AM


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.


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    weezycom RE: lili2u356 Mar 10, 2010 11:53 AM

    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. ktmoomau RE: lili2u356 Mar 10, 2010 12:56 PM

      Guajillo in Rosslyn or perhaps Cava on Capitol Hill?

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        pomme de terre RE: ktmoomau Mar 10, 2010 06:18 PM

        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.

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        Elyssa RE: lili2u356 Mar 11, 2010 04:35 AM

        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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          ineemeeny RE: Elyssa Mar 11, 2010 11:49 AM

          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!

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          dcandohio RE: lili2u356 Mar 11, 2010 08:05 AM

          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).

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            Flaxen_Vixen RE: lili2u356 Mar 11, 2010 08:18 AM

            Logan Tavern on P st

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              dcandohio RE: Flaxen_Vixen Mar 11, 2010 11:11 AM

              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.

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                Flaxen_Vixen RE: dcandohio Mar 16, 2010 07:10 AM

                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.

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              anchor RE: lili2u356 Mar 11, 2010 04:09 PM

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

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                jerirl RE: lili2u356 Mar 18, 2010 05:09 PM

                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.

                Congrats and have fun.

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