Saturday Dinner in NoVa/DC - Looking for Recs
Hello DC 'Hounds...My wife and I are coming in to town for the weekend (from Boston) to visit with my parents who live in Annandale. We've never really had the opportunity to eat out very often when we're visiting, but this Saturday is my wife's Birthday, and her mother is in town for a conference, so I'd like to go out for a nice (not necessarily extravagant) dinner.
Most of the diners are pretty flexible/adventurous. The only major dietary restriction is that my father is vegetarian, so we're definitely looking for something vegetarian friendly. My inclination is towards something Middle Eastern/Mediterranean....We've gone to Zaytinya before, which was great - also because my parents tend to prefer small plates/small portions. I doubt we'd be able to get in there easily on a Saturday night, and of course, I love to try new places, so if there are other good Middle Eastern/Mediterranean places that are well loved please let me know. Also, I'm completely open to other suggestions as well....
As far as geography, we're willing to come into the city or stay in NoVa. I'm interested in checking out PX in Alexandria for cocktails, so if there are some good options in that area that would be a plus.
I appreciate any and all input.
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
This Sat. is the Stewart/Colbert rally, so I would advise you to stay out of DC! Other hounds would know more about specific recs for Mediterranean, but on King St. in Alexandria, you might want to consider Restaurant Eve (very high end and probably impossible to reserve at this late date), Vermilian or the Majestic. Check out their menus online and see what you think.
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Second the motion to avoid DC, although the rally is from 12-3, so it might be cleared out by dinnertime. In NoVa there is always Lebanese Taverna at Pentagon Row in Arlington.
Ethiopian is very vegetarian friendly and also has much of the small plate feel despite being served on an injera platter (instead of small plates). I would suggest Meaza for their veggie combo. Ethiopian is great when eating with family that you don't get a chance to see very often. Very communal style. People unfamiliar with it may even call it adventurous. If no one at the table has had Ethiopian before, do a little research so you don't ask for a fork, use the bread as a bib or a napkin, or drink the water provided at the end of the meal to clean your hands.
5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Although the rally will be over at 3 p.m., it is also Halloween weekend and will mostly be a bit crazy in D.C. with people from the Rally and also people going out for Halloween. I would recommend staying away from the city.
I would like to second Me Janna for Lebanese. I also second Han Gang for Korean.
Lebanese Taverna is good too, but I think Me Janna is a little nicer.
If you are in Alexandria, the Pita House is Lebanese, but not necessarily the vibe you are probably looking for. Columbia Firehouse has lots of appetizers on their menu, but from my experience and a more recent friend's experience doesn't seem to be great with groups. So Vermillion or Majestic may be a safer bet. Bravo or the Tasting Room might be good too, I think they have some small plates.
407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701