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Where do you take out of town guests?

I have some family in town from CA. They are not necessarily foodies, but since i have to go with them I want good food. I am racking my brain for someplace to take them that is relatively casual and unique to DC. We have already done Thai and Burgers. Ethopian would be too exotic. Ideas?

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  1. Thre's always one of the pizzerias - Paradiso in Georgetown or DuPont, 2Amys, or the new We the Pizza. I like El Rinconcito for El Salvadoran, but that might be *too* casual. How about Ray's the Steaks? Or Jaleo? Word is that it's the first major tapas restaurant in the country, so that's pretty unique to DC.

    Is there any particular neighborhood you're trying to stay in? And I assume you've taken them to Ben's? Note that you can do Ben's Next Door now and have actual table service and good beer.

    1. Ray's the Steaks is where we take out of town guests most often for casual. Also think about the cafe at Palena.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      1. I just posted on this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728384

        But - start at Eden Center getting some bahn mi and THEN walking around. Then scoot over to Hong Kong Palace.

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        Hong Kong Palace
        6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

        Eden Center
        Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

        1. The front Cafe of Palena is a good idea. Central could also work, as well as Jaleo (I have found that out of town guests loooove Jaleo).

          Another option would be Rasika, if they eat Indian food.

          Since they live in CA they might not be able to get good Southern-style cuisine so how about Creme?

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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          1. re: Elyssa

            Great stuff at Palena's Cafe, Jaleo, Central and Rasika; I second those.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

            Rasika Restaurant
            633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          2. While I don't love Jaleo, it is a great idea. Cafe at Palena is another great pick. Just outside the "tourist zone". Thanks for the suggestions.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008