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homeihead May 17, 2011 05:01 PM

I've been a Chowhound's voyeur for sometime now. I've learned a lot about food and finding good food, so thanks. We'll be travelling to DC mid June, and while we were trying to get reservations for minibar and/or Komi, I was informed today by minibar that they would be closing. So I must say it is a relief, because it was very stressful trying to get a reservation. We DID secure a reservation for Komi, and I'm really excited. My question for you gurus: should we wine pair or not? We are wine lovers of all kinds, but I must admit we are not well-learned. I don't know a wine menu well enough to feel like I can make an informed decision if I don't recognize any names. I know the wines I LIKE to drink and would be willing to pay a corkage fee, but don't know how they would pair with the food I DON'T know I'm eating. So what are your suggestions? Finally, we'll be blowing a big wad-0-dough at Komi, but suppose we have $100-200 left for our ENTIRE 4-day visit. Would you suggest VOLT for lunch, or checking out many of the cheaper food suggestions mentioned on the board. We live in the midwest, so want to make the most of our visit.

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Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: homeihead May 17, 2011 05:14 PM

    I loved the wine pairings at Komi. I would trust the sommelier there. If it were me, and if I were spending my own money, I would do a wine pairing blow out at Komi and eat more cheaply the rest of the time.

    You can get some good meals in DC for a reasonable amount of money. I'd suggest doing the Lickety-Split lunch at Restaurant Eve one day for lunch (M-F only). It's the best deal in town and King St. Alexandria is charming.

    Also, check out some of the happy hours around town. I think PS7 has the best one. They have excellent cocktails and don't miss their tuna sliders!

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    PS7 Restaurant
    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Restaurant Eve
    110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Komi
    1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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      Doh RE: woodleyparkhound May 17, 2011 06:11 PM

      I agree that you should put yourself in the hands of the sommelier at Komi, but that could mean different things. You could do the wine pairings, you could ask her advice on a bottle (based on the wines you do like), or you could ask her to pick just two glasses for different parts of the meal.

      I think Volt (aside from Table 21) is probably not worth the travel for a casual visitor to DC. There are a bunch of nice prix fixe/pre-theater menus if you are up for that. I also think Dino in Cleveland Park is a great, not too expensive, restaurant.

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      Komi
      1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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        reiflame RE: Doh May 20, 2011 11:44 AM

        I'm of a mixed mind on this one - first, I've had some really good and some really uneven meals at Volt. But, Frederick is a really nice, small town with some interesting history and shopping. I say it's worth a visit but maybe not if this is your first time to DC.

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      Steve RE: homeihead May 17, 2011 06:21 PM

      $200 for 2 people over 3 and a half days makes me think you should go for delicious cheap eats you can't find easily where you live.

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        homeihead RE: Steve May 17, 2011 06:34 PM

        Actually, the budget is $600, and I can raise it a bit. . . (A BIT) if the situation warrants. Also, will be staying with relatives (Lorton, VA area) and eating "at home" for as many meals as warranted. :)

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        marcj RE: homeihead May 17, 2011 06:52 PM

        Yes, definitely do the pairing--they do a beautiful job of matching the food, with lots of wines (and, last time I went, a beer) that are not the usual suspects (i.e., lots of Greek wines, including some beautiful whites).

        I've never done it this way, but I understand that you can do one full pairing for a couple, so you each get half a pour of everything. This might be a great way to go both from a budgetary standpoint and to avoid getting too buzzed to fully appreciate the fabulous food.

        Enjoy!

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          homeihead RE: marcj May 17, 2011 06:59 PM

          Half-pours have never been in our language, but the advice to pair is well taken. Thanks!

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          Elyssa RE: homeihead May 18, 2011 06:39 AM

          I would get the wine pairing. The somellier at Komi is excellent and friendly. It is probably the most unpretentious up-scale restaurant in DC, so they will make you feel comfortable even if you are not an "expert."

          Personally I would use the rest of your money and try a couple of lower cost restaurants---certainly check out an Ethiopian restaurant, my favorite is Etete. Stop by CF Folks for lunch (and a great crab cake sandwich) if you are in town during the week. Maybe check out some of the amazing food trucks in town (my personal favorites at the moment are Yellow Vendor (@yellowvendor on Twitter, they have great Korean food) or DC Empanadas (@dcempanadas on twitter).

          Masa 14 is a fun restaurant with Asian/Latin small plates. They have a $35 all you can eat and drink brunch. I'm checking it out for the first time this weekend but I hear great things.

          You also should check out the bar menu at PS7. Amazing drinks and the best tuna tartar sliders in the world!

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          Etete
          1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          PS7 Restaurant
          777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

          Komi
          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

          Masa 14
          1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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            homeihead RE: Elyssa May 19, 2011 10:51 AM

            Thanks everyone. We'll do the wine pairing and use any leftover $$ to try some of the places you've mentioned. Looking forward to the feeding frenzy.

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              Elyssa RE: homeihead May 19, 2011 02:15 PM

              Have fun! Make sure to report back.

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