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My best friend lives in NW DC, close to Cleveland Park and AU. I'm trying to figure out a good place to get her a gift certificate for, as I do not live in the DC area. She is a real foodie, loving the very formal and the very informal, and all gradients in between.

I'm looking to spend about $25 dollars.

Can be a wine shop, a specialty food store, or a restaurant.

Thanks!

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  1. In Cleveland Park, I would suggest either Dino or Palena. Both nice restaurants. For $25 she can have a cocktail and a couple of appetizers. For something more casual, 2 Amys--wood fired pizza-- is good.

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    Dino
    3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    Two Amys
    3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

    1. Wagshal's Deli.

      www.wagshals.com

      1. Does seem like $25 would go further at a shop than a restaurant. For a wine shop in that area, check on Calvert-Woodley.

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        1. re: mselectra

          Thanks for all the suggestions! She actually works part time at Wagshals for fun (all that food!), so I probably won't get her one there. But I LOVE Wagshals and WISH I had access to it up where I live.

          I'll look into the others, so thanks!

        2. If you want to go the store route, I wonder if Vace would do gift certificates. I'd love to go on a splurge there, with their wonderful cheeses, meats, fresh pastas....

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          Vace
          3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

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          1. re: katecm

            Hi all-
            I have a similar question - I need a recommendation for a gift certificate for a wedding present. I'd like the gift certificate ($75) to cover most if not all of the meal. The couple lives in Alexandria but anywhere in DC would be great. They are also foodies - more into great food than the trendy scene - but any recommendations for hot food places would be great.
            Thanks!

            1. re: salustro

              Majestic Cafe in Alexandria...a foody heaven and suggest the Nanas Dinner on Sunday nights, a treat with enough left for a bottle of wine! or dinner there anyother night of the week is great.

              1. re: averagetim

                Thanks!

          2. In Cleveland Park I would get it at Palena or Ripple. Neither will get her a full meal necessarily but it should cover a glass of wine and an appetizer at least...or a bottle of wine.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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            1. re: Elyssa

              I've decided Ripple is too overpriced, the food. This is probably another discussion, though.

            2. Shop route this the way to go.

              Firehook for coffee/pastries
              Cocoa for gelato/pastries/drinks/light fare
              Yogiberry for frozen yogurt
              California Tortilla--if she's a fan

              Or you can get her a gift to the nail salon.

              1. Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park.