Parents in town, semi-picky, moderate priced...help! I've included all my Reqs :)
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)....it'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 :(
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.
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
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
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).