Recs needed for mother-in-law dinner tonight (upscale American or Italian)
My mother in law is in town for the weekend and wants to take us to dinner tonight somewhere in DC (the city, not surrounding areas). Although she said she'd take us anywhere, it needs to satisfy her tastes first and foremost.
So base your recommendations on the following:
Dinner somewhere in DC ($$-$$$)
-American or Italian
-safe, slightly upscale to upscale
Think of Buck's Fishing and Camping as a starting point.
I haven't been there before, but if I were in your shoes I would go to Siroc, an Italian-influenced place I've long wanted to try that seems to fit your criteria reasonably well. Or perhaps Kinkeads? Thats a pretty safe bet for seafood if she likes that.
Third rec for Siroc, they usually have the traditional fettucine with bolognese as a special (I think it's an "off menu" item that they usually have available, just not on the menu), but then they have more inventive dishes, from pasta to filet. Very good quality and reasonably priced.
Other recommendation would be Central, but might be hard getting reservations this late.
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Highly recommend Tosca, New Heights, Corduroy, Proof or Dino.
New Heights Restaurant
2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008