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Recs for dinner Ct Ave & Military Road??

Visiting DC this weekend and need recs for dinner on or near Connecticut Ave in the vicinity (a mile or so) of intersection with Military Road. Any style, but prefer Greek, Italian, Thai, Mediterranean.

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  1. Out-of-towners seem to like Maggiano's Little Italy for Italian fare. Big portions. Good taste. Great (read: strong) cocktails. Perfect idea for large groups and celebrations, but still "dark" enough to be romantic (well, sorta...it can be a bit noisy at dinner time.).

    Just minutes from Military Road.

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    Maggiano's - Chevy Chase
    5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20015

    1. I work in that area and I think Arucola, a few blocks up the street is good if you're looking for someplace within walking distance. Their pastas and breads are made in house as are their desserts. I was there the other night and had a very nice fettucini with a light sauce and a veal chop. If you want to go further afield, I would suggest going in the opposite direction a few miles down on Connecticut to either Sorriso, Palena or Dino's, all practically next to each other. My favorite is Palena, followed by Sorriso, then Dino. Check out their websites.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Sorriso Restaurant
      3518 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      1. Just near that intersection (are you walking? Why so specific?) is Buck's Camping and Fishing. Mixed reviews. It was infamous when Carole Greenwood, who fashioned herself a food goddess (do not DARE ask for a minor change in a dish; her perfection is not to be tampered with and she will come out the kitchen to scream at you in person) was cooking there. After she left, people seemed to think the food actually went up a notch, but more recently some say it has dropped down in quality a bit. Prices - especially on the steak - are high.

        1. I don't care for Maggiano's; I think it's very "chainy" and geared for tourists.

          Palena is one of the best restaurants in the city. They have a back dining room for fine dining and a cafe in the front, which is much cheaper but doesn't take reservations. Since you mentioned Italian, Dino might be the best choice for you. It's a neighborhood place where I have had several meals that I've been very happy with. It also has one of the best wine lists in the city and some good deals, which are explained on their website.

          Note that both Dino and Palena are just two Metro stops south of Friendship Heights, where you will be. Very easy to get there. Both are very close to the Cleveland Park station, so little walking is involved. See www.wmata.com for Metro maps and info.

          For Mediterranean, I'd recommend Zaytinia, which is further afield, but still close to the red line Metro (Gallery Place station) and easy to get to.

          I have trouble making recommendations for the Friendship Heights area. When I'm up there I grab a sandwich. I don't head there if I want to have a nice dinner out.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            Correction: I just realized that when I wrote "Friendship Heights, where you will be" I was READING Connecticut and Military Rd., but I was THINKING Wisconsin and Military Road. However, my recs still hold, though I was assuming you had no car.

            Someone downthread was talking about parking hassles at Cleveland Park (Dino, Palena). Very true. I think parking would be easier at Conn. and Nebraska (Comet Ping Pong, Buck's Fishing and Camping, Politics and Prose). There is a parking lot behind those places.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          2. I don't know that side of CT Ave other than 2 Amys down CT...but on the Wisconsin Ave side - i used to live there - I love Mei Wah. There is also a Capitol Grille that opened, I believe, in that new center with Whole Foods (where Macy's used to me). There is also Famoso on Wisconsin Ave which is Italian - it's above the fancy stores on Wisc. Ave

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            Famoso
            5471 Wisconsin Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

            1. Comet Ping Pong is good if you are open to pizza.

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              Comet Ping Pong
              5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

              1. At Conn & Militayr as others have noted there is Bucks, Comet Ping Pong, branch of Marvelous Market and the coffee house in the Politics and Prose Bookstore - closest Metro is about 8 blocks away (either Friendship Heights at Military and Wisconsin or Van Ness at Van Ness and Connecticut - both on the Red Line)

                North on Connecticut there is Arucola and a few other restarants (inclduing greek restaurant - can't remember the name and haven't been in a while) - Arucola probably the best bet on quality

                There is little in the Van Ness Metro

                At Friendship Heights Metro there are a number of choices, many of them chains (e.g. Maggiano's - really not that good) but also some good options like Mia (for good pizza), Cyldes (not great but reliablae) and Indique Heights

                Once you get to a Metro or if you have a car you do have many options including Cleveland Park where there are a number of good choices in a variety of price ranges and Woodley Park (Afghan Grill, Lebanese Taverna)

                Two Amys' is quite a hike (WIsconsin and Macomb) from Conn & Military and not near a Metro stop

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                Two Amys
                3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

                Indique Heights
                2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

                Marvelous Market
                4832 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD

                Comet Ping Pong
                5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                1. re: nytdct

                  Clarification - Bucks etc are at Conn & Nebraska, few blocks south of Conn & Military - Arucola etc probably about the same distance north - Friendship Heights Metro much closer than Van Ness

                  1. re: nytdct

                    Mia's is in Bethesda, not Friendship Heights.

                  2. Thanks to all for the rapid responses! We'll have a car and will cruise up and down Ct Ave checking out some of these recs.

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                    1. re: cabbagehead

                      Well good heavens, Cabbagehead! If you have a car, the world is your oyster. So now let's get serious. First, you might need res at some of these places unless you are fond of standing in line. Palena is VERY hot right now due to the opening of a new and larger cafe space. I don't know if they take res for the cafe space. Dino - definitely recommend res. Also in that same block - Ardeo/Bardeo. Wonderful place. Your biggest issue here is not getting there, it is parking there. It sucks. There is a small lot in the block just north of Palena/Dino/ArdeoBardeo and you might get lucky. ArdeoBardeo has valet. The others, I don't think so but not sure. Street parking is a nightmare.

                      Go north a bit and you will come to the boring suburbs of Chevy Bloody Chase, in the words of Cat Ommanney. In the small commercial district, there is an office building on the east side that houses, in its lower level, a great Portuguese restaurant called Tavira. Don't let the age of the guests throw you off. There is a retirement building for rich people right next door. The food is terrific. And parking is easy - in fact you enter through the parking garage.

                      As you do have a car, I would suggest you steer away from any of the places just below Chevy Chase circle (such as Arucola). You can do much,much better. And sorry, I mean no disrespect to anyone, but Mei Wah has only one characteristic to recommend it. It is open on Christmas day. It is otherwise boring Americanized Chinese and pretty much everything on the menu tastes exactly the same.

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                      Palena
                      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                      Tavira
                      8401 Connecticut Ave Ste Ll, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

                        1. re: cabbagehead

                          This is my 'hood and it's not the most happening food neighborhood- best options nearby are Bucks (overpriced but OK local spot), Comet Ping Pong (also overpriced, but good pizza). I think much of what's between Military and the Chevy Chase rotary is uninspired -- usually our closest local eat is Cafe Ole in Tenleytown - reasonably priced Mediterranean fare and lovely mezze.

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                          Cafe Ole
                          4000 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste 10, Washington, DC 20016

                          Comet Ping Pong
                          5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                          Chevy Chase
                          6200 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707