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

eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 07:07 AM

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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    Steve RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 07:26 AM

    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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      eviemichael RE: Steve Nov 9, 2010 07:42 AM

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

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        Steve RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 10:42 AM

        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

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          eviemichael RE: Steve Nov 9, 2010 11:22 AM

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

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          Elyssa RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 01:01 PM

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

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        katecm RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 08:54 AM

        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

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          weezycom RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 08:57 AM

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

          1. eviemichael RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 09:02 AM

            Thanks you guys, I am looking into them now.

            1. eviemichael RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 09:08 AM

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

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                Elyssa RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 01:00 PM

                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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                  eviemichael RE: Elyssa Nov 9, 2010 10:39 PM

                  Thanks I'll look into it!

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                    eviemichael RE: Elyssa Nov 9, 2010 10:46 PM

                    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!

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                      Elyssa RE: eviemichael Nov 10, 2010 03:55 AM

                      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.

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                        eviemichael RE: Elyssa Nov 10, 2010 06:52 AM

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

                  2. eviemichael RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 11:01 PM

                    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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                      hill food RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 11:06 PM

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

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                        eviemichael RE: hill food Nov 9, 2010 11:14 PM

                        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!

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                          hill food RE: eviemichael Nov 9, 2010 11:20 PM

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

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                            eviemichael RE: hill food Nov 9, 2010 11:23 PM

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

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                              katecm RE: eviemichael Nov 10, 2010 06:35 AM

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

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                        marcj RE: eviemichael Nov 10, 2010 04:51 AM

                        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

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                          eviemichael RE: marcj Nov 10, 2010 06:51 AM

                          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

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