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Chef Geoff's - mmm or meh?

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Is Chef Geoff's worth a visit? I am in town for 3 nights with a party of 6, including a 1 yr old and 5 yr old as well as my in-laws! Kids are easy in restaurants and used to the drill (we live in NYC). That said, 5 yr old is not adventurous eater so we have to stick to American cuisine more or less. Is Chef Geoff Downtown a fun spot or is it lame? Alternatives besides pizza, etc.? Looking for some good character...Ted's Bulletin? Firefly? THX,,

Chef Geoff's
3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

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  1. Meh. Ok to get a drink after work but other than that you generally can do better if you care about food. Then again it is probably good enough if you are just looking for a quick bite with 1 and 5 year olds.

    1. Meh. I prefer Ted's Bulletin. I haven't been to Firefly yet.

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

      1. Firefly is very good, I would definitely pick it over Chef Geoff's which is meh. Central is another American Cuisine success, and I know Jose Andres has or is opening American Eats Tavern in the old Cafe Atlantico space, I assume it is open as he is giving a big talk about it Friday. But Firefly is also known for being very good to the kiddos.

        Cafe Atlantico
        405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Chef Geoff's
        3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

        1. Meh! Firefly is a good option---they have a nice children's menu. Another place to consider is Dino for Italian--the picky eater can get meatballs, polenta etc.

          1. Founding Farmers, though opinions are mixed on the board. I had a nice brunch there.

            Good Stuff Eatery for gourmet fast-food burgers, on Capitol Hill. Very casual, of course.
            Or, you could go out to Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, if you're willing to travel a bit. Always a hit.

            Hill Country for barbeque? Quite pricey, but good and casual.
            Or you could try the newly opened Luke's Lobster place or whatever...though I believe both of these are actually New York places, so perhaps not that special for you.

            Ray's Hell Burger
            1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

            Founding Farmers
            1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

            Good Stuff Eatery
            303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

            1. I love Chef Geoff's! It's not a total foodie spot but it's one of my favorites for a group in the downtown area! Not stuffy, great food, and not 'touristy' like Old Ebbit Grill. Another great spot is on the next block - Ceiba. South American dishes but you can find some familiar dishes for the kids as well - and they have the best drinks around. Founding Farmers has awesome food but always packed.

              Founding Farmers
              1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

              Chef Geoff's Downtown
              1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

              1. Definately Meh...went there twice and the food is just average. Like the other posts said for drinks it isn't bad but skip dinner.

                1. Expensive, mediocre food. You can do better - almost anywhere.

                  1. I second the "meh" response from mostly everyone for Chef Geoff's..although I do have to say that I ate there for a graduation dinner with my boyfriend's sisters and parents, who are all relatively picky ,and I think it was a good selection for the picky eater. I wasn't particularly impressed with the food though.

                    I also second the Firefly recommendation-its one of my favorites in DC for a group event-and Central is a great choice as well and still also located in the Metro Center/Federal Center area. Also in the area-Bistro D'oc..I still haven't been there, but the menu has looked appealing and the atmosphere looks great in walking by.

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                    1. re: Stuarcm

                      Another meh vote. Far better elsewhere as noted above & on this board.