HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Share your food adventure
TELL US

Help me please my parents!

k
katecm Jan 27, 2011 08:48 AM

The parents are coming into town this weekend. Usually I feed them at my house because they're hard to please with restaurants, but they insist on taking me out to eat. Help me find a place that will satisfy them! First, they are from a small town and aren't used to city prices. High teens to low 20s for the entrees would be my maximum to stay comfortable. They also don't do ethnic, don't do spicy, wouldn't like small places, and aren't drinkers more than a beer for two for Dad. Places they have liked: Filomena (for special occasion), Matchbox, Sesto Senso, Clyde's (!!!). They haven't like CommonWealth. I live in Shaw, so would prefer to stick with Dupont, Logan, Downtown, maybe Barrack's Row since they've never been there. Mom wouldn't really like the boisterousness of U Street, but further south on 14th would be fine (I was considering Posto, and still am, but think the pastas would be a bit too novel for them. They're just not adventurous). They'd love the vibe at Tabard, but not the prices. This stresses me out, and it's why I usually keep them at home for dinners!!!

  1. hill food Jan 27, 2011 09:07 PM

    Clyde's can mean SO many things, which is its charm. just go to a different one.

    my parents are sorta the same people (they need to eat around 5 PM - why? because it's 5) so I took them to Belga on 8th (around 6 PM horrors!) and they were happy, nothing 'weird'

    Hank's is great, does have specials and usu has a red meat option just no reservations beyond a 15 minute phone call, but is it maybe too much on the small side? (as a person with a bathtub-ful of food issues I'm curious about that one) hey there's an idea for a thread.

    1. e
      Elyssa Jan 27, 2011 02:51 PM

      Ok...big breath! We can do this. :)

      How about Hank's Oyster Bar or Sette Osteria in Dupont? You could also try Pizzeria Paradisio.

      I haven't been to Ted' Bulletin yet but it sounds like it might be something you all would like.

      -----
      Sette Osteria
      1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Hank's Oyster Bar
      1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

      2 Replies
      1. re: Elyssa
        k
        katecm Jan 27, 2011 05:01 PM

        I was hoping you'd throw in your two cents...Hank's is a really good idea. Of course, I'll have to talk my mother down from her tizzy once she sees that the lobster roll is with mayo instead of CT-style butter, but there's plenty else that she would like. Do they tend to have specials on top of the regular menu? I don't recall. It's been a while.

        1. re: katecm
          e
          Elyssa Jan 28, 2011 12:14 PM

          Yes they have daily specials that are usually quite good (if a little more on the price scale). They also have daily specials that are on the website like meat and two specials, or short ribs etc.

      2. j
        justaddwater Jan 27, 2011 01:44 PM

        My first thought would be Clyde's and I'm not at all surprised they enjoyed it . It works perfectly for people like your parents, I've used it a few times for similar situations. The food is good and the price is right. The Chinatown location at Gallery Place is a very nice space, lots of dark wood, much fancier looking than the food quality and price let on. I'd take them there and they will be very pleased for sure. Italian and Chinese also work well in this situation, but in both cases, nothing too fancy or chowhound-ish. If you were in Virginia, I'd say A La Lucia or China Garden, their equivalents in DC.

        -----
        A La Lucia
        315 Madison St, Alexandria, VA 22314

        1 Reply
        1. re: justaddwater
          4
          4X4 Jan 28, 2011 06:16 AM

          Clyde's also has the same raw bar happy hour Old Ebbitt Grill has. That's what I usually go for there.

          -----
          Old Ebbitt Grill
          675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        2. j
          Jeserf Jan 27, 2011 10:44 AM

          My recommendations would be
          1) Dino - my grandparents really enjoyed it
          2) Teds - yum
          3) Rosemary's thyme - it's cheap, pretty reliable, not "ethic" in that there's pizza, pasta, salads
          4) Busboys at 5th and K - cheap, reliable (well, I've only been to U St but they can't be that different)

          1 Reply
          1. re: Jeserf
            r
            Raids Jan 27, 2011 10:55 AM

            They're not. If anything, the one at 5th has even more a normal restaurant set up than the Busboys on U St.

          2. s
            sueatmo Jan 27, 2011 10:14 AM

            Maybe you are selling your folks short? If they want to take you out, I'd take them at their word and find a nice place near your digs, and not worry about it. They aren't breakable china. They'll be fine.

            5 Replies
            1. re: sueatmo
              k
              katecm Jan 27, 2011 10:20 AM

              I'm afraid "a nice place near my digs" doesn't quite exist yet. And trust me, I know them. If I push past a certain price threshold, my mother will instantly clam up. It just doesn't work.

              Ted's or Againn may be an option. Dino could be clever, too, since we may do dinner on Sunday and they have a good Sunday special. Keep 'em coming!

              1. re: katecm
                s
                sueatmo Jan 27, 2011 10:27 AM

                Then choose a couple of options, send them links, and have them choose. I have 3 grown sons, and I'd go anywhere they wanted to take me. I do think if you do this a few times, your parents will loosen up a bit. JMO.

                1. re: sueatmo
                  n
                  nytdct Jan 27, 2011 10:33 AM

                  Or if you know they are happy at Clydes and it isn't stressful for them, then go to Clydes (it is not horrible)

                  1. re: nytdct
                    f
                    flavrmeistr Jan 27, 2011 02:51 PM

                    Or maybe the Old Ebbitt Grill, a Clyde's in disguise.

                    -----
                    Old Ebbitt Grill
                    675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                2. re: katecm
                  c
                  cambridgeMike Jan 27, 2011 01:55 PM

                  definitely dino. it's great food at great prices and parents will love cleveland park

              2. woodleyparkhound Jan 27, 2011 10:11 AM

                Barracks Row: Ted's Bulletin? Levi's Port Cafe? I haven't been to the latter yet - it might be too small for them. (??)

                Ted's Bulletin really might work, though. http://tedsbulletin.com/index.php/men...

                Dupont: Pizzeria Paradiso? BGR: The Burger Joint?

                -----
                Pizzeria Paradiso
                3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                The Burger Joint
                4827 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                Ted's Bulletin
                505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

                2 Replies
                1. re: woodleyparkhound
                  j
                  Jeserf Jan 27, 2011 10:12 AM

                  mmm Ted's.
                  It's very good (at least in my opinion), not fancy, lots of choice, and each time I've been I've had excellent service.

                  1. re: woodleyparkhound
                    s
                    sweth Jan 27, 2011 02:42 PM

                    Ted's was my first thought; pretty much everything there is $16, IIRC, and it's also right next to a Matchbox, so if they get finicky once they get there, you can always bail and go to someplace you already know that they like. BGR & Pizzeria P are good options too; sadly, in my experience (unless they're from the south) a place like Levi's would be too ethnic for people who don't like ethnic food.

                  2. r
                    Raids Jan 27, 2011 09:56 AM

                    Aren't Birch and Barley and Againn both within the price range? I think they'd like either of those places.

                    1. ktmoomau Jan 27, 2011 09:19 AM

                      What about Daily Grill or Cafe Deluxe? Not in the area you specified, but seems like places they would like that are pretty good for what they are. Or Dino, they are still doing RW menus even so a good deal?

                      -----
                      Daily Grill
                      2001 International Dr, Mc Lean, VA 22102

                      Cafe Deluxe
                      3228 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

                      Show Hidden Posts