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Oct 27, 2010 01:36 PM

Dinner rec for Sat? - Farm/table-ish, near public trans

Hi DC Hounds,

My husband and I are coming down from Boston for the Rally to Restore Sanity and would like a dinner recommendation for Saturday night. Our parameters:

1. Ideally near public transportation
2. Can't be too dressy - we'll be in jeans from the rally
3. Our preference would be something farm to table-ish...if you know Boston restaurants, our favorite go-to place is The Hungry Mother
4. Love it if the place is on Open Table

Thanks so much for any help you can give us! I know next to nothing about DC restaurants, so don't omit the obvious.


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  1. Where are you staying? Do you want something in DC proper or are nearby suburbs (by Metro) okay?

    I tried Redwood in Bethesda last week and really enjoyed it. They emphasize seasonal and local ingredients. In fact, they work with Bethesda Central Farm Market.

    If you want downtown, Equinox was one of the first to do seasonal/local food. Founding Farmers has good food but service is inconsistent.

    Founding Farmers
    1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Redwood Restaurant
    7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Equinox - DC
    818 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20006

    Bethesda Central Farm Market
    Elm St, Bethesda, MD

    1. I recommend Commonwealth, a great gastro pub near the Columbia Heights metro stop. No communal table, but it strikes a nice balance and is trendy casual. Local ingredients, comfort food, great beer, and delicious appetizers. Try the pork loin with housemade chutney.

      1. While not strictly farm to table, Dino uses local providers as much as possible. They are on OpenTable and one block from the Cleveland Park Metro (Red Line). And they have a great and very well priced wine list. Good Italian food and not so fancy that you can't wear jeans. (Heck, the owner will be wearing a Hawaian shirt.)

        1. Hate to say "duh" but how about Founding Farmers at the World Bank?

          Founding Farmers
          1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

          1. Try Ripple. Farm-to-table to the max, near Cleveland Park metro, stylish but not stuffy.