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Apr 12, 2010 07:14 AM

Parents in town, semi-picky, moderate! I've included all my Reqs :)

Hello -

Parents are coming to town this weekend and I would LOVE recs for Fri and Sat nights. Requirements:

Location: Arlington, VA or DC location (Gtown, Downtown, Dupont, Chinatown...not farther out from Arlington like Adam's Morgan, etc)

Price: Entrees $15-$25...nothing TOO expensive

Acceptable Cuisines: American, Mexican, Asian-inspired (Thai, etc..but not sushi), Mediterranean, and/or Italian. Parents like food but aren't "foodies" so they won't do anything too gourmet/"weird". Dad won't eat seafood (no sushi)'s okay that the restaurant has seafood but shouldn't be the main draw.

Atmosphere: Parents are fun, like to drink (so should have full bar and not only beer/wine). Shouldn't be stuffy. Should honor reservations, parents do not like waiting in line or waiting for a table for more than 15 mins :(


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  1. I think Zaytinia would be perfect. Mediterranean, fun atmosphere, full bar. They do small plates, so you should be able to come in at budget.

      1. I would look in to Central, Acadiana, Poste, Siroc or Zaytinya. All of these places have good food and for the most part interesting cocktail lists (maybe not so much with Siroc, but they have a nice wine list).

        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

        Siroc Restaurant
        915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. PS7s has some of the best cocktails in town.

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

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          1. re: MrsWheatie

            I love PS7. Not sure if it's exactly in your price point though. But for cocktails and food in the lounge, it's perfect.

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

          2. Sounds like Tara Thai by Virginia Square metro would be an easy option if you get stuck. It's not a notable destination, but it's always tasty, has lots of drinks options, fun interior, and is in the pricing sweet spot.
            Lebanese Taverna also comes to mind as a likely hit with the parents.
            Then there's that French place in Georgetown with the prix fixe menu. And a couple of French places in Alexandria whose names momentarily escape ('fraid I don't get out much outside Reston since becoming a mom).

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            1. re: perries

              Bastille is in Alexandria. Also, could do Majestic or Brabo Tasting Room in Old Town.