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Pre-wedding meeting of the parents

My fiance and I are getting married in a few months and it is time for the parents to meet. We live in NW DC, one set of parents are coming down from the Baltimore area and the other is coming up from the south so we thought Silver Spring would be a good place in the middle to meet. Looking for recommendations for some casual, moderately priced (entrees in the $15 range) places that would appeal to a wide range of appetites and not be too loud so that shouting was not necessary for conversation. What does the Chowhound board suggest? Thanks

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  1. I would go to Ray's the Classics. Really delicious food and not too loud. Don't forget the key lime pie for dessert!

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    Ray's the Classics
    8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I love Ray's but don't know if you can get $15 entrees there.

      http://washingtondc.menupages.com/res...

      1. re: chowser

        If you sit in the bar area you can get a 3 course meal for $35! And it's not your typical bar---there are tables and it's not super boisterous or annoying.

        1. re: Elyssa

          It's a great deal, especially for the quality of meat. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great place. It just isn't in the $15 price range the OP requested.

          1. re: chowser

            Well it actually is if you get the 3-course special. BillDCat asked for $15 entrees. The 3-course deal gets you a soup/salad to start, choice of entree with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and a dessert choice.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Yeah, maybe I'm just cheap. To me, a $15 entree means $25-30 out the door, not $45-50. That's what makes CH interesting and eye opening.

              1. re: chowser

                Well I guess I was assuming that people were getting something besides just an entree and water. If you get an entree + either an appetizer or dessert + a glass of wine $35 ends up being a great deal.

                When I go out to dinner with my bf for example we usually get 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine/drinks and 1 dessert.

          2. re: Elyssa

            I don't think a bar setting--regardless of the set up--is the right setting for the meet the parents.

      2. not in Silver Spring, but close by - Mei Wah is a good choice in Friendship Heights; Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda; Passage to India in Bethesda (excellent) might be worth a shot as well as Elyssa's suggestion.

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        Passage to India
        4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

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        1. re: Jeserf

          My mother would not have enjoyed any of those alternatives. When selecting for an occasion like this, it's best to choose something neutral, especially when you are not sure of the tastes of the people involved.

          1. re: MakingSense

            Well, both sets of our parents would have enjoyed all of those places - so different strokes for different folks?

            For more neutral but good, Dino would be where I would go, but I'm sure it's "too loud" or "too modern" for some people.

            1. re: Jeserf

              It's not too loud if you sit upstairs.

              1. re: Elyssa

                or in the grotto area by the kitchen

              2. re: Jeserf

                Dino is not in Silver Spring. And $15 entrees are not easy to come by there. I don't really understand why people think this place is so affordable. It did not seem that way to me on my (disappointing) visit.

                1. re: hamster

                  Well, I'm recommending something 10 minutes away - basically - that is heads above any mediocre meal I've had in Silver Spring.

                  Why doesn't the OP just go to the Panera in Silver Spring and call it a day?

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                  Panera
                  6700 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    Look, I love Dino, but there's no way it's a 10 minute drive from Silver Spring. 20 minutes from downtown SS if you hit all the lights just right, and then 10-15 more to park.

                    1. re: DanielK

                      yes- you're probably right. It takes longer to get to silver spring from Dupont, though, than it does SS to Cleveland Park. And there's a parking lot across the street, so not sure why that would be a problem for anyone.

                      And still, I think Silver Spring lacks any solid places that would attract anyone from outside of silver spring to eat at. Although, that Egg restaurant has some dangerous breakfast items.

                    2. re: Jeserf

                      Jeserf, no need to be defensive if someone does not agree with your posts. This seems to be a theme.

                      BillDCat: If you're set on Silver Spring, Mi Rancho might be a good fit if everyone will eat Mexican. Redrock (a little above your price range), Austin Grill (have food besides typical tacos such as salmon and fish) and Eggslectation.

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                      Redrock Cafe
                      385 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

                      Mi Rancho Restaurant
                      1488 Rockville Pike Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852

                      1. re: spinachandchocolate

                        I know Ray's the Classics was quickly dismissed, but the bistro menu has burgers and sandwiches well under $15, and the Bistro Special is an entree and appetizer for $23.

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                        Ray's the Classics
                        8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

            2. If the parents are traditional eaters, and not into trying exotic things, I'd suggest Sergio's for Italian. If they are adventurious, I'd suggest Addis Ababa for Ethiopian.

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              Addis Ababa Restaurant
              8233 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

              1. what is in bethesda for $15 entrees that would be "agreeable" to many?

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                1. re: alkapal

                  I also think $15 is fairly inexpensive for an entree. I can't think of many places in the metro DC area, other than smaller ethnic (no discussion on what this means but let's leave it at places unadventurous eaters wouldn't be happy in) restaurants, or burger/pizza type places which don't seem like a good place for meeting future relatives.

                  Maybe if they expand the area, one of the Great American Restaurants would work?

                  1. re: chowser

                    yes, i think the great american group is quite nice for value for money dining with fresh, well-prepared food. but still, the $15 entree will be a problem...unless they go to thai! ;-) i just had dinner at carrabba's on the way to dulles last week, and my favorite pork chops with mushroom marsala sauce (don't turn up your noses until you've tried it, folks, the pork is excellent) cost $18. (good value, too).

                    anywhere around the beltway might fit -- there is mike's to the south, and sweetwater tavern in merrifield....

                    sweetwater has several entrees around that price point that would be perfectly nice. http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.c...

                    mike's is a wee bit more: http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.c...

                    the bonefish grill in springfield is nice. i am zonkers about their bang bang shrimp! http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.c...

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                    Mike's American Grill
                    6210 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22150

                    Sweetwater Tavern
                    3066 Gate House Plz, Falls Church, VA 22042

                2. Mrs. K's Toll House may be a good option. It looks like a place where some people have weddings or celebrations for special occasions so that should set the mood a bit. The food is decent and it falls into the price range. There should be something on the menu for everyone.