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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