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Gift for my parents- a great meal! Any recs?

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I cannot think of any other present my parents would like to get as an xmas present more than a great meal.

They like a lot of different foods- they go for casual Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese very often, but also enjoy special occasion restaurants. They went to 2941 for instance and enjoyed it. I would like to give them a memorable meal. I am leaning towards Citronelle, but if there were something upscale in Northern VA I would prefer that...(I know it wouldnt be as upscale as Citronelle, but somehow similar to 2941-).

Does anyone have any suggestions? Italian, Spanish, American, it's all on the table....

Thanks!

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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  1. SInce you mentioned Citronelle.....

    Michel Richard has a brand new restaurant in Tysons Corner, Virginia called Michel at the Ritz Carlton. In between the informality of Central and the formality of Citronelle. Traffic near there can be a nightmare with all the construction, but it may be just the ticket.

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    Citronelle
    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. re: Steve

      Thanks for the tip! Have you been? If so, did you love the food?

      1. re: eviemichael

        It is very, very new. Maybe two weeks old. No, I haven't been. I believe they will start serving lunch next week. Right now they do breakfast and dinner. The menu will be pretty familiar to fans of Michel Richard (it's online), so I imagine the quality will be very high, especially in the beginning.

        A la carte dining, so you are not locked into a set meal like Citronelle.

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        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

        1. re: Steve

          Thanks again! I might wait a few weeks to hear some reviews first. Appreciate the tip.

        2. re: eviemichael

          Haven't been but saw the menu and it looks delicious!

      2. Since they seem adventurous, I would do Rasika, or maybe The Source, as they have interesting flavors in an upscale restaurant.

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

        1. Trummer's On Main in Clifton is another NoVa restaurant to consider.

          1. Thanks you guys, I am looking into them now.

            1. Oh! Also- my parents love gourmet breakfast and brunch...I see Trummer's On Main has a great breakfast...anywhere else?

              1. I would give them a meal at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria. A wonderful restaurant that will make a very memorable gift.

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                Restaurant Eve
                110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  Thanks I'll look into it!

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    This actually looks perfect. I assume you've been here before? Should I go with the surprise tasting menu? What do you recommend as the way to experience the best of this restaurant? Is the 7 course sufficient? Or should I go for the nine course? Or-is the a la carte bistro option more favorable...sorry for the 20 questions!

                    1. re: eviemichael

                      I went to the a la carte bistro for my anniversary a few years ago. The meal was amazing, as was the service. It still goes down as one of the most memorable meals I've had in DC.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        May I ask what you ordered? That way I can advise them what to consider choosing.

                  2. Update: My fiancee is going in on the present with me instead of us giving seperate presents- this means I am chosing 3 meals.

                    I am thinking: Trummer's on Main for breakfast, The Source for a more special occasion dinner (they love Asian fusion), and either Komi tasting menu or Restaurant Eve bistro dinner.

                    Any thoughts?

                    Thanks in advance.

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                    Restaurant Eve
                    110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                    1. re: eviemichael

                      thoughts? just that I'm a lousy son and occasional SIL.

                      1. re: hill food

                        haha! my parents have been supporting my artistic career for so long so i am basically doing this out of guilt and gratitude now that i am making a regular salary!

                        1. re: eviemichael

                          cheers! that we are all in that place soon!. (similar background sort of thing)

                          1. re: hill food

                            ah, so you understand. :) good luck to you!

                            1. re: eviemichael

                              I think that looks like a great variety. Recommend that they try the siu mai at The Source. Oh, how I love them.

                      2. re: eviemichael

                        I think I'm delighted that Komi has made it into the mix--it's my favorite special occasion restaurant by a long shot, and a much more interesting meal (and ambience) than most comparables.

                        For a more traditional "occasion" dinner, I prefer CityZen. Haven't been to Trummer's, The Source, or Eve, so I can't compare those, but I'd definitely do Komi and/or CZ over Citronelle, which is delicious but stuffy and (IMO) overrated.

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                        CityZen Restaurant
                        1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

                        Citronelle
                        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

                        Komi
                        1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                        1. re: marcj

                          We are Greek so I think it would be great to have a haute experience of our cuisine at Komi. :) We enjoyed a great meal once at the Black Olive in Baltimore as well.
                          Also, the reviews of Komi are much stronger and consistent than other restaurants I've seen through my research.

                          I am now thinking Komi, breakfast at Trummer's on Main, and The Source OR Restaurant Eve (Restaurant Eve would break the bank a little less and would be easier for them to drive to).

                          The reason I would pick The Source over CityZen is because they love Asian fusion.

                          Thanks again to all for their input!

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                          Restaurant Eve
                          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                          CityZen Restaurant
                          1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

                          Komi
                          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                          Black Olive
                          814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231